"Branches" as written by Eric Pulido, Paul Alexander, Eric Nichelson, Tim Smith and Mckenzie Smith....
I saw she was living under some branches
I saw she was happy in her circumstances
I also live under branches
I'd rather not live in these places

We won't get married
'Cause she won't have me
She wakes up awfully early these days, these days

And there's no-one else so kind
There's no-one else to find
It's hard for me but I'm trying
It's hard for me but I'm trying

I saw she was busy gathering wood for a fire
I'd like to help her some but she replies it's done

We won't get married
'Cause she won't have me
She wakes up awfully early these days, these days

And there's no-one else so kind
There's no-one else to find
It's hard for me but I'm trying
It's hard for me but I'm trying

It's hard for me but I'm trying (It's hard for me but I'm trying)
It's hard for me but I'm trying (It's hard for me but I'm trying)


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"Branches" as written by Eric Pulido Eric Nichelson

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    General CommentAhh...this album is so mournful and thought-provoking.
    I possess the same kind of faith in my opinions as circle_w does, but...

    This song just feels like it's speaking of two people who have experienced their own share of pain - "...I also live under branches, I'd rather not live in these places..." - and while the writer now attempts to seek partnership and solace in this kind woman, she seems content to seek it within herself. She struggles with this though, as she "...wakes up awfully early these days..."

    The verse that says "I saw she was busy...etc.," evokes images of someone reaching out, only to be told not to bother, they don't need it.
    smarmon May 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat, no comments?

    come on, you can't hear 'we won't get married..' and not be touched in some way?

    beautiful song.
    potson January 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'd like to hear what people have to say about this song.. because i've too little faith in my own (uninformed) opinions, and i really really like this song, esp. the 'we won't get married 'cause she wont have me' line..
    i mean, is this song based on a true story, ?
    circle_won April 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthmm, that's quite a nice take on things, Smarm.
    your belief that she is content to seek solace within herself perfectly explains why she is happy (living under branches) whereas the narrator is not.

    this is -such- a melancholy song.. beautiful, all the same, yet so sad, so desolate.. i really -feel- the narrator's sense of helplessness (even if it is fictional!)
    circle_won May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUnrequited love. She is happy with her life but he is unhappy with his because she dosen't love him and he can't see how he could ever love anyone else. It's great to hear bands singing about simple themes in a not too obvious way. Great band, beautiful songs.
    Davel62on June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about love not returned. I didn't like the music to these lyrics at first, but the heroic horns undergirding Tim Smith's "it's hard for me but I'm trying" liturgy is pure musical genius.
    KStormon May 13, 2009   Link

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