"The Island: Come and See; The Landlord's Daughter; You'll Not Feel the Drowning" as written by and Colin Meloy....
There's an island hidden in the sound
Lapping currents lay your boat to ground
Affix your barb and bayonet, the curlews carve their Arabesques
And sorrow fills the silence all around, you come and see

There's a harbor lost within the reeds
A jetty caught in over-hanging trees
Among the bones of cormorants, no boot mark here nor finger prints
The rivers roll down to a soundless sea, you come and see
Come and see

The tides will come and go witnessed by no waking eye
Who rose like the wind
Though we know for sure amidst this fading light
We'll not go home again, come and see
Come and see

In the lowlands, nestled in the heat
A brier cradle rocks its babe to sleep
Its contents watched by Sycorax and patagon in paralax
A foretold rumbling sounds below the deep, you come and see
Come and see

The tides will come and go witnessed by no waking eye
Who rose like the wind
Though we know for sure amidst this fading light
We'll not go home again, come and see
Come and see

As I was rambled
Down by the water
I spied in sable
The landlord's daughter

Produced my pistol
Then my saber
To make no whistle
Or thou will be murdered

Lord
Lord

She cursed, she shivered
She cried for mercy
"My gold and silver
If thou will release me"

Lord
Lord
Lord

I'll take no gold miss
I'll take no silver
I'll take those sweet lips
And I'll deliver

Lord
Lord

I will dress your eyelids
With dimes upon your eyes
Laying close to water
Green your grave will rise

Go to sleep now little ugly
Go to sleep now you little fool
Forty-winking in the belfry
You'll not feel the drowning
You'll not feel the drowning

Forget you once had sweethearts
They've forgotten you
Think you not on parents
They've forgotten too

Go to sleep now little ugly
Go to sleep now you little fool
Forty-winking in the belfry
You'll not feel the drowning
You'll not feel the drowning

Go to sleep now little ugly
Go to sleep now you little fool
Forty-winking in the belfry
You'll not feel the drowning
You'll not feel the drowning

Hear you now the captain
Heed his sorrowed cry
Weight upon your eyelids
Is dimes laid on your eyes


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"The Island: Come and See/The Landlord's Daughter/You'll Not Feel the ..." as written by Colin Meloy

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    General CommentPretty sure this series is about William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The Island describes the discovery of Caliban, the son of Sycorax, a witch. The Landlord's Daughter seems like a reference to his attempted rape of Miranda, the daughter of Prospero. You'll Not Feel the Drowning I'm not sure about either, but the description of the subject of the song as a pitiful, ugly fool would also seem to fit as a description of Caliban.

    According to wikipedia, Caliban has some of the most eloquent lines of the play, making him a tragic but redeemable character, and this would seem to fit with The Decemberists' tendencies.
    kowsosofton September 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And all we know for sure", not "though we know for sure"
    mattmattmattmatton September 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJenny sure does rip on the hammond organ..
    HoboInABoxon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA couple corrections, as of 21 August:

    Fix -> Affix
    Arab best -> arabesques
    the reefs -> the reeds
    commerants -> cormorants
    It's -> Its
    ziggurats -> Sycorax
    photo -> foretold
    beneath -> below
    With this bare waking eye -> Witnessed by no waking eye

    Lastly, I don't think the last two lines are a quotation, though I suppose that's debatable.
    toadtwson August 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso, "paragon in paralax" should be "Patagon in parallax"

    Oh, and can I just say that I love this song? I think it's my favorite off the album.
    toadtwson August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think The Decemberists are the only band in the world that can make you feel good when you're singing along to lyrics about rape.
    Real sorry if I offended anyone, but it's so true.
    amandapantson August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^no, thats one of the truest statements ever said.
    WriterOfFictionson August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think "nestled in the heat" should be "nestled in the heath."
    Astfglon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I will dress your eyelids
    With dimes upon your eyes" this reminds me of how Greeks (?) put coins on their eyelids when they died so they could pay Charon and get to Hades.
    JDSalingeron September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjesus christ, these lyrics are very wrong.

    "I'll take those sweet lips, and I'll deliver" it should be "I'll take those sweet lips, and thou will deliver"
    Fatallyourson October 06, 2006   Link

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