Cow-call, and they were all calling together
describing the way to go
I never hurt someone so young
and I never held someone so sweet
Makes me want to holler with them
All the way down

All the way down
their voices show the way
how to hold it back
see the end of the day
shut their mouths, shut their mouths
and rip the pictures down
withdraw, withdraw, you live so far from town

This is what makes a thing last
won't make what didn't happen go
Take fear and call it lust
let me go lay in the snow
I cannot rest
with so many singing so many songs
and what a way of singing

Their voices are bringing trees to their knees
with nothing to say when they're speaking
They're quiet, the choir, their voices go higher
the choir, the choir, their voices go higher


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    General Commentthis song brings home literally the heartache of love as a sadness of belonging and family "cow-call and they were all calling together/describing the way to go" and eventaully it's loss. Will begins this song with the intention of establishing us the person that experiences human love and heartache as being similar to the animals with strong familial, emotional communal bonds. As he does the next lines bring the sense of intimacy from the song that always presents itself in a very genuine and insightful song.
    The blathering of others is a disgust to the songwriter in the second stanza and we identify with the strong feelings of destruction, renewal and longing: "shut their mouths, shut their mouths/and rip the pictures down/withdraw, withdraw, you live so far from town". Will seems to be tearing himself away from an impossible love.
    "Their voices are bringing trees to their knees" is an exquisite line of songwriting and poetry and it is echoed in the song with the beautiful smooth buttery and high voice of the female vocalist.
    Finally at the end, "the choir, choir, the voices go higher", the lovelorn surrenders himself to the beauty and freedom of religious expression and he is overtaken as is this listener when listening to the final stanza in a well beautifully and insightfully written song. This song moves from conciously and endearingly likening ourselves to cattle and then concludes with the lofted spirit taking flight with the voices of the choir. I love this song!
    eritton December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhere did you hear a female vocalist?
    fourfingeredfishingon April 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe "bad" version on "Greatest Palace Music" features a female background singer.
    david314on July 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI actually like the 'bad' version - though it could never replace the brilliant raw version on Viva. A top ten song for me. Never fails to get me.
    callcopseon August 17, 2011   Link

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