The recording in the middle of the song is a real answering machine message that Scott's wife left him while he was on tour....
Don't say it's over
'Cause that's the worst news I could hear
I swear that I will
Do my best to be here just the way you like it
Even though it's hard to hide
Push my feelings all aside
I will rearrange my plans and change for you

If I could go back
That's the first thing I would do
I swear that I would
Do my best to follow through
Come up with a master plan
A homerun hit, a winning stand
A guarantee and not a promise
That I'll never let your love slip from my hands

If it's the beaches
If it's the beaches' sands you want
Then you will have them
If it's the mountains' bending rivers
Then you will have them
If it's the wish to run away
Then I will grant it
Take whatever what you think of
While I go gas up the truck
Pack the old love letters up
We will read them when we forget why we left here


Lyrics submitted by Thrilliam, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"If It's the Beaches" as written by Timothy Seth Avett Scott Yancey Avett

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  • +12
    General CommentThe last part is so full of heartbreaking optimism, raw desperation... The only thing that makes a tragedy worse is the overwhelming attempt to make it better.
    cottonswampon April 11, 2009   Link
  • +6
    General CommentIn the voicemail, the woman is saying:

    "Scott, where are you? Really. I need you, you know? I need you. And, um, I really cant wait to talk to you, so please call me, okay? Don't forget, okay? I love you. I miss you... so bad. Buh-bye."
    boostie218on October 22, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General Comment"it's never been really that hard for us to get up and play a show like it's the last show we'll ever play because every song we brought to the stage is a true story in some sense that means something very important and special to us." from a youtube clip of the avett brothers.

    for some reason this song just make me think so much more about this quote. who hasn't been left feeling stranded and wished that could do it all over again even though they know it could never really happen again. love is a bitch, and knowing you missed with your shot hurts like a mother.

    -matt a
    Fret_Bavreon January 23, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI really cant believe no one commented on this song.. so beautiful. so hopeful... and unfortunately/tragically so unrealistically optimistic.
    bshannon311on October 28, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGives me chills because it's amazing.
    leej5on October 29, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is one of my all-time favorite songs. The first line and then the line "If it's the beaches, if it's the beaches that you want, then you will have them" are absolutely amazing. I can hardly think of words that do them justice.
    carlosthedwarfon February 05, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationHe would do anything to keep this girl even though he knows that she'll leave in the end... This is as painfully real as it gets.
    AGomez65on January 29, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmy favorite lines "Push my feelings all aside
    I will rearrange my plans and change for you"....they use it again in 'I would be Sad' but its incredible to know someone cares for you so much they completley put all of there wants and everything aside to make things work..
    LifeisAsongon November 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMan. The word sublime comes to mind.
    julian333on July 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes me speechless..
    somethingabbeyon September 13, 2008   Link

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