"The First Song" as written by and Brooks....
The shaking awful
I'm shaking, asshole
In weather remote

The snowfall, oh
The snowing, the color
We recover from, oh

The Christmas-time coming
Hangover approaching
We've been drinking for months

This Christmas-time though, I'm coming over
Coming from the north
I'm already done
Wrapping up the presents I bought

Overcoat
Now take me anywhere, oh
We've suffered enough
Scary to leave
When they're leaving from work
They're cutting us off
Knowing not why
They're calling on the telephone
Roy, do I know anyone?
No, I don't know anyone


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"The First Song" as written by Christopher Early Benjamin Bridwell

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  • +3
    General Commenti swear this is the song ive been searching for my entire life.. im obsessed with it.. i love everything about it... the only way it sounds like the shins is the guys voice... possibly, which in any case is more comparible to... early neil young?
    janexsayson December 03, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSorry about bad English, I'm from Russia:)
    I think this beautiful song is about birth of a child.
    It seems that in the first part of the song unborn child talks about his feelings from the womb of his mother (he's saying WE mostly). It's winter time and he's suffering from cold too, although "the weather remote". "We've been drinking bordeaux" - pretty good from this perspective...
    It's Christmas time coming and the child decides that it'd be a good time to present himself as a Christmas gift to his parents ("I'm wrapping up the presents I bought").

    "an overcoat
    will take me anywhere
    oh, we've suffered enough"

    This lines shows how child and mother tired of being сconnected, the child dreams of himself having an overcoat and being able to go wherever he want to.
    But:
    "it's scary to leave
    and they're leaving from birth
    cutting us off
    knowing not why
    calling on
    the telephone"

    He doesn't understand why parents and chilren cutting off and leave each other at a given time of their lifes and eventually the only connection left between them is a Saturday evening telephone calls. Why can't they forever be as close together and strongly connected, as they were in the beginning.
    Very deep and a little depressive song.
    pterodactilleon May 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is what I hear:

    shaking awful
    shaking asshole
    the weather remote
    snow fall
    the snowy cover
    we recover from love

    christmas time coming
    and over approaching
    we've been drinking bordeaux
    as christmas times go
    I'm coming over

    coming from
    no, you're already gone

    I'm wrapping up
    the presents I bought

    an overcoat
    take me anywhere
    we've suffered enough

    it's scary
    to thee
    and they're leaving from earth
    cutting us off
    knowing not why
    calling on
    total

    why do I know anyone?
    no, I don't know anyone


    I love the lyrics; they're supposed to be abstract, but they really paint a strong picture. You get such a mixture of feelings and emotions throughout the song.
    erolsabadoshon May 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think there are some changes needed.
    everyone seems to have a bit of the right lyrics.

    i'm shaking awful
    i'm shaking ass cold
    the weather remote
    snow fall
    the snowy cover
    we recover from both

    christmas-time coming
    and over approaching
    we've been drinking bordeaux
    it's christmas-time though
    I'm coming over

    coming from
    no, you're already gone

    I'm wrapping up
    the presents I bought

    an overcoat
    will take me anywhere
    oh, we've suffered enough

    it's scary to leave
    and they're leaving from birth
    cutting us off
    knowing not why
    calling on
    the telephone

    roy?
    do I know anyone?
    no, I don't know anyone
    drawrofon July 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song with a passion.
    And the bands good in general.
    And i had sex to everything all the time.

    magic.
    Holdyr.ashtraytighton July 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah i thought it was "shaking ass cold" as well
    interioreyecaston February 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAfter reading all the comments here, I'm really surprised that no one really gets it...

    He's singing about the dreaded family gatherings that come around the holidays with the people you're supposed to be close to you, but you aren't. At least that's what I get out of it.

    Brilliant song to say the least.
    ultradaveon August 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree.
    but i still love them :]
    snoochieboochieson November 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the voice sounds more like Jim James from My Morning Jacket on some songs. Maybe if Jim James and James Mercer had a bastard child. whoa... Jim James Mercer, Jim Mercer maybe? James James. :)
    Siftedbiton January 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is something special, alright!

    I wonder if this lyrics are accurate... hard to check, though.
    wookion April 15, 2007   Link

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