"Remember the Mountain Bed" as written by and Jeffrey Scott/bennett Tweedy....
Do you still sing of the mountain bed we made of limbs and leaves?
Do you still sigh there near the sky where the holly berry bleeds?
You laughed as I covered you over with leaves
Face, breast, hips, and thighs
You smiled when I said the leaves were just the color of your eyes

Rosin smells and turpentine smells from eucalyptus and pine
Bitter tastes of twigs we chewed where tangled wood vines twine
Trees held us in on all four sides so thick we could not see
I could not see any wrong in you, and you saw none in me

Your arm was brown against the ground, your cheeks part of the sky
Your fingers played with grassy moss, as limber you did lie
Your stomach moved beneath your shirt and your knees were in the air
Your feet played games with mountain roots as you lay thinking there

Below us the trees grew clumps of trees, raised families of trees, and they
As proud as we tossed their heads in the wind and flung good seeds away
The sun was hot and the sun was bright down in the valley below
Where people starved and hungry for life so empty come and go

There in the shade and hid from the sun we freed our minds and learned
Our greatest reason for being here, our bodies moved and burned
There on our mountain bed of leaves we learned life's reason why
The people laugh and love and dream, they fight, they hate to die

The smell of your hair I know is still there, if most of our leaves are blown
Our words still ring in the brush and the trees where singing seeds are sown
Your shape and form is dim but plain, there on our mountain bed
I see my life was brightest where you laughed and laid your head

I learned the reason why man must work and how to dream big dreams
To conquer time and space and fight the rivers and the seas
I stand here filled with my emptiness now and look at city and land
And I know why farms and cities are built by hot, warm, nervous hands

I crossed many states just to stand here now, my face all hot with tears
I crossed city, and valley, desert, and stream, to bring my body here
My history and future blaze bright in me and all my joy and pain
Go through my head on our mountain bed where I smell your hair again.

All this day long I linger here and on in through the night
My greed's, desires, my cravings, hopes, my dreams inside me fight
My loneliness healed, my emptiness filled, I walk above all pain
Back to the breast of my woman and child to scatter my seeds again

Lyrics submitted by mavs41

"Remember the Mountain Bed" as written by Jay Bennett Jeff Tweedy

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    General CommentI believe "Remember the Mountain Bed" is one of the most beautiful and sad songs ever written. Woody Guthrie's lyrics are sweet and also heart wrenching. Jeff Tweedy's raspy version on "Mermaid Avenue" is amazing.

    This song reminds me of the cycles of life and love. The references to the beauty of nature tangled with his love for this woman are warm, lovely and thoughtful. He remembers her so vividly and tenderly. "I see my life as brightest where you laughed and laid your head." He was his best with her. He reflects on the time with her as a time of brilliance, pure happiness and passion. For some reason, he wasn't able to spend his life with this woman. If you are not able to be with the one you love the most, it feels like a death. There are times of intense sadness and grief. (in many ways it is worse than experiencing a death, because you torture yourself that things could be different. With death there is no choice.) Even though love can bring us so much pain, in the end our lives are so much richer from the experience of knowing and loving this person. Our grief gradually becomes more bearable as we learn to let our true love go.

    We realize as life goes on that our love for this person never goes away. Clearly this man loves this woman still. I am sure she was never far from his thoughts. He has his memories and no one can take them away. Our lives can forever be altered by looking into the eyes of the one we love. "I could not see any wrong in you, and you saw none in me." This woman was perfect in his eyes. Woody Guthrie is so right when he wrote that love is our greatest reason for being here. (And, I believe a person can come into our lives to teach us many difficult lessons about life and love.) The idea of this man going back to this special and gorgeous place, reflecting on his life and remembering the love he experienced, is something I am sure we can all relate to on some level. His memories are simultaneously beautiful and painful. Life has been a struggle for him. And although he does have comfort with his family as life continues on, he will never be the same from knowing this woman, from loving her, and from ultimately (and for whatever reason) letting her go.
    tomorrowisalongtimeon March 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy haven't more people commented on this? This is literally the best song I have ever heard. Tweedy and Guthrie are such a perfect combination.
    debaser12on February 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsix minutes, twenty-six seconds of pure beauty. words by woody guthrie in 1944. recorded as part of mermaid avenue vol. II (commonly, billy bragg and wilco), track number eight with music by jeff tweedy and jay bennett (1999).
    mavs41on January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso posted under 'billy bragg and wilco' and 'woody guthrie' on this site.
    mavs41on January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great.

    best i can tell its about a young man and young woman who fall in love on a mountain.

    time passes and the man is older and comes back to reminisce and in the process 'lets her go' and goes back home to love his current wife and child.
    terriblyvexedon August 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure if he's returning to love his current wife and child (as mentioned by terriblyvexed) or if its after his third wife leaves him (anneke) and he is pining her and their daughter Lorina. When his third wife left him he was too sick to physically go to "the mountain bed" however he could've been revisiting the spot and occasion in his mind. Who knows. If you DO know, please let ME know.
    rumbabumbaon September 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a perfect song.
    TransAm_Radioon December 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason this one strongly reminds me of Walt Whitman.
    Tiger Kingon March 23, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentits a perfect song.
    TransAm_Radioon December 05, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commentits a perfect song.
    TransAm_Radioon December 05, 2010   Link

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