"Annabelle Leigh" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Anabelle Leigh
Do you consent to be my only love
I see you there on the bed
You're shirt lays bare, your thin white arms
And surely by now
Surely by now
All the plans we made are gone
Surely by now
Surely by now
It's all in tatters
With a lift of an eyelash
You were holding my heart in your little hands
Glaring soft with the goosedown
And I will gently loose your shirt to fall
Surely by now
Surely by now
Sll the plans we made are gone
Surely by now
Surely by now
It's all in tatters
Surely by now
Surely by now
All the plans we made are gone
Surely by now
Surely by now
It's all in tatters


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    General CommentThis is probably a play on the Poe poem Annabel Lee. The same name is mentioned in California One.
    kisaradollon February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI disagree with kisaradoll. Because it has the same name doesn't really justify it being based on the poem Annabel Lee. "You were holding my heart in your little hands" implies that Annabelle Leigh did something to hurt him on purpose so I think it's simply a sad song about a girl who left.
    Dietrichon March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentColin Meloy wouldn't name a song Anabelle Leigh without relating it to Poe. I mean seriously, it wouldn't be a coincidence. The poem is about a girl who left (aka died) and her lover who thinks about her all the time.

    I can see this having to do with Lolita too.
    lydiroseon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is almost definitely inspired by Lolita. The opening pages of Nabokov's book refer to an early seaside crush of Humbert's named Annabelle Leigh, spelled like that not not like Poe's Lee.
    screwsfallouton February 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is almost definitely inspired by Lolita. The opening pages of Nabokov's book refer to an early seaside crush of Humbert's named Annabelle Leigh, spelled like that not not like Poe's Lee.
    screwsfallouton February 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI also want to point out that 'Annabelle' is mentioned in the song Oceanside, as well. And that Humbert's nymphet is spelled 'Annabel Leigh'.

    Of course, I don't know if the definitive source for this inspiration was Poe or Nabokov, but Poe inspired Nabokov. You can tell by Nabokov's reference to 'princedom by the sea' and 'exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied', which relate directly to Poe's 'kingdom by the sea' and 'a love that the winged seraphs of heaven coveted her and me'.

    The references by Colin are possibly an homage to Nabokov's allusion to Poe.
    kisaradollon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would have to agree 100% with kisaradoll.... The overall tone and word choice used throughout the song, invokes the character created by Nabokov.

    In Lolita, Annabel Leigh (which is spelled differently then Poe's "Annabell Lee") is one of Humbert's nymphets, or idyllic females. Humbert and Annabel Leigh shared many encounters, they where never able to demonstrate their absolute love. This is represented in the song in the lines:

    "Do you consent to be my only love
    I see you there on the bed
    You're shirt lays bare, your thin white arms
    And surely by now"

    Feeling as though he should have acted on his (Humbert) emotions the song repeats "surly by now" as though this profession of love should have occurred. The song romanticizes the potential encounter. That should have happened, but due to the hands of fate “Little Hands” never did.

    Additionally, "little hands" could refer back to the Poe poem because it is speculated that the poem Annabell Lee was written for his wife Virginia who Poe married when she was only 13.

    The line "all in tatters" refers to the death of Annabel Leigh, and is true representation of how Humbert regrets not acting on his love for Annabel Leigh before she was lost forever.

    There is no doubt in my mind that this song is an ode to Lolita and the childhood love between Humbert and Annabel Leigh. Although I do feel it has a very modern interpretation as well. In a modern equivalent, Meloy speaks of an ideal love. Who, he wishes to be with for the rest of his days. She holds his heart in her hands by her beauty and his infatuation. She is the center of his thoughts, and he is enamored. Yet, not all is perfect. Although, plans for the future have been made, his infatuation drives them apart and as hopeless romance goes, the lovers drift apart.
    altcountryperspectiveon January 06, 2010   Link

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