"Eveline" as written by and Sean Watkins Chris Thile....
Grips the railing as her lover calls her to the sea
Won't you sail with me?
She can't hear
Guilt just a step away
From happiness
And sanity blurs
And drives her crazier

Take care of your father
I cared for you
Words her dying mother spoke
Kill her too

Eveline stays

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"Eveline" as written by Sean Watkins Chris Thile


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    General Commenti have no clue. obviously something about the sea and maybe killing her parents...beyond that i dont really know.
    harlequinforeston April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust as a side note, I think the lyric actually is:
    "She can't hear it
    Just a step away from happiness
    And sanity blurs"

    (not guilt, I mean)

    harlequinforest, there is definitely nothing in this song about her killing her parents.

    She's torn between her lover calling her to go away with him,
    but she also doesn't want to leave her father. Her mother told her, "Take care of your father," before she died and it kills Eveline to have to chose between the two.

    Her love for her parents and obligation to take care of her father proves stronger.
    She stays.

    I love the harmonies in this song. They're kind of unconventional, but always end up coming together at the end.
    LilyBearon April 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentduely noted, excellent insight. thanks for clearing that up for me. i must have been really tired when writing that.
    harlequinforeston May 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjames joyce's short story eveline- direct refernce
    Pinkivory2106on May 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay, lyrics fixed! That's what I get for taking 'em off another website instead of just looking in the book in the first place. Oh well. Anyhoo, love the lyrics, but the instrumental part on this song is amazing!
    Gstring11on June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the chords in this song. They're just...chilling..I think "chilling" is the right word. It's so beautiful.
    songofthedeafgirlon November 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorite short stories ever is james joyces' "Eveline"; it's about a girl who's mother dies when she is young, and she is abused by her brothers and father. she meets a man who can take her away from it all, but she decides to stay. i was thrilled to see this one on the cd :)
    busybeingbornon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have been listening to this song for years and it wasn't until I read the story 'Eveline' in english class that I understood what its about.
    It's all about how she has to decide between staying at home with her abusive family to take care of them like she had promised her mother on her deathbed she would, or run away with her lover. In the end she chooses to stay.
    bigduckyon February 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt first I didn't like this song because of how jarring the melody and harmonies are, but after awhile they became sort of hauntingly beautiful.
    izzib1202on August 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song mirrors the short story of the same name by James Joyce in his compilation "Dubliners." A young girl wants to leave with the someone who loves her, but stays with her not-so-kind father because it was her mother's dying request. It's incredibly sad. The sort of thing that no matter what she'd chosen, you'd feel bad.
    lindsayh423on August 23, 2011   Link

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