fell down from your haven
to an empire cityscape
someone asked him for directions
he would always know the way
offer you his raincoat
let you hide under his hat
if you can't walk from whiskey
he'll just throw you on his back

and then away you'll go
through the crowd gathered below
to the spinning wheels
of your mobile home
and he'll watch you sleep
like a guardian angel

stays inside the music
sometimes steps outside the law
always in the name of justice
still believes in the lost cause
distract you with a story
always tries to make you laugh
he brings people together
like gertrude stein and mama cass

and he says, "my friends are yours,
this town's full of open doors
to the sold-out shows
eighth bungalows (??)
and the lonesome smokes
in this tiny studio"

always finds a muse
everywhere he goes
whether it's the blues
or some abandoned showtune

learned how to be selfless
how to love what wasn't there
but never dwell upon it
just embrace what's everywhere
people busking in the subway
mc's freestyle in the park
heard a kid from martha's vineyard
made him turn around his car

and away he goes
to the local radio
saying, "what's that sound?
i'd like to know,
and this might sound strange,
but i just can't let it go"

guess every sinner needs a saint
guess every sinner needs a saint
guess every sinner needs a saint
says everybody is the same


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  • +1
    General CommentSean Foley is not from New haven but from east hartford ct. i think that just sounded better. your right about the NYC thing though. hes a close friend to connor oberst and maria herself. he is always on tour with connor.
    hellocassmoon July 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentconor oberst & maria taylor FTW !
    let uss be freeon April 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, its a great pairing. She's so underated and i really think she shouldn't be coz in my eyes she is like the female oberst. All of her songs have meaning and depth.
    beautiful music :)
    raa9on April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone fill me in on who Sean Foley is? I received a promotional copy of the album, and despite being a Saddle Creek fan in general I still don't know who Sean Foley is.
    dustygrooveson May 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Maria and Connors friend sean foley. She played it at The metro when she opeded for Bright Eyes. Its a really good song. It is NOT about connor, connor co wrote it, and is singing in it.
    yssim63on May 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^true story. i saw them play it last night together.
    diebydesignon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^true story. i saw them play it last night together.
    diebydesignon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaria and Conor should make more!I love this song!its amazing, and I think they make an AMAZING duo!By far my favorite female and male vocalist!
    sylvijayon August 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that the lyrics go:
    "Fell down from NEW haven
    to an empire scape"

    New Haven, CT is right north of New York City.
    When she says "Empire city scape," she's talking about NYC.

    It only makes sense that Sean Foley
    "Fell down from New Haven".. went south from New Haven..
    "To an empire city scape".. to New York City.
    nowtheworldon September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti know sean foley.
    no lie.
    thesorenrockon September 27, 2007   Link

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