"Son" as written by and Bryan Devendorf Scott Devendorf....
And if you follow me son
The window wrap around you
Carry from the ground
You will never be alone

You wait one turn to sunlight
That's falling on a girl
You're still outside the world

She's reading books from empty women
They're givin' beauty tips from empty hips

And how is the water of the rain
And how is the air of the wind
And how are the arms of your mother
She's holding you in

Watch them as they try to fly their kites inside their bedrooms
That were only built for drinking
Your thoughts they never lasted long when you were under the sky
Above it you can hold a thought forever

And how is the water of the rain
And how is the air of the wind
And how are the arms of your mother
She's holding you in

And how is the water of the rain
And how is the air of the wind
And how are the arms of your mother
She's holding you in


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"Son" as written by Bryan Devendorf Aaron Dessner

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  • +1
    General CommentYeah, this song has really grown on me. I don't think the above lyrics are correct. Let me suggest:

    and if you follow me son
    the wind will wrap around you
    carry you from the ground
    you will never be alone

    your weight will turn to sunlight
    that's falling on a girl
    who's still inside the world

    she's reading books from empty women
    they're giving beauty tips from empty hips

    and how is the water of the rain
    and how is the air of the wind
    and how are the arms of your mother
    she's holding you in

    watch them as they try to fly their kites inside their bedrooms
    that were only built for drinking
    your thoughts they never lasted long while you were under the sky
    above it you can hold a thought forever

    (refrain)

    (repeat)
    mpsalemon July 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with infinityontrial.
    "how is the water of the rain
    how is the air of the wind
    how are the arms of your mother"
    "your weight will turn to sunlight"
    the idea that when you die, you become part of the earth is implied a lot in this song.
    JennaCanReadon January 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm pretty sure it's about someone who has just died. "your weight will turn to sunlight", "girl still inside the world", "...when you were under the sky".
    infinityontrialon September 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI started seriously listening to this song after my Mum died. So could be biased and/or deranged in my intepretation! I think it's a song about someone who's died who's still looking out for the girl still alive. It reminds me of the six gram puff out that I reckon really does happen when when someone dies...the opposite of birth. Or birth on the other side. Who knows. But weight turning to sunlight is beautiful, and really resonates.

    I think also - and really this could be my personal experience and bias - is the girl still inside the world is wasting her time on bloody chic lit (insert vomit noise...and it's a chick writing), which is so vacuous and reductivist (of women I reckon...but I won't get started!). Their beauty tips, their banality, stupid emaciated hips.

    At any rate, it was a gift to me when I was grieving.

    On the note so much front - a gift I mean - and just 'cause I go like the clappers on a keyboard and am on a roll now, it always made me remember my ex, when one of his mates was hanging it on his home made sissy jumper, asking over and over if his Mum had made it, when he said she couldn't knit. The why not retort was, 'because her arms have rotted off'. Anyway, so when Matt asks, 'so how are the arms of your mother' - up there in heaven, meeting her again, I always think of that. Just thought I'd share.

    :-)
    darkhorsedownunderon March 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And how is the water of the rain
    And how is the air of the wind
    And how are the arms of your mother"

    I always heard this like: What is the fundamental building block of rain? the answer is water. What is the fundamental building block of wind? It's air.

    So what is the fundamental building block of mothers? Arms. arms are to mothers what water is to rain....man that makes me miss my mom
    johnjohnjohnon April 05, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, the lyrics up there are wrong, and Mpsalem's are right.
    And I have a thought: This guy's son's growing up and he doesn't have a mother.
    (and how are the arms of your mother
    she's holding you in)



    RadioNorrison November 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat's the point of a website like this if the lyrics you publish are all wrong? Get your shit together, SongMeanings! Correct this bullshit.

    "And if you follow me, son,
    the wind'll wrap around you
    Carry from the ground,
    you will never be alone
    Your weight will turn to sunlight
    that's falling on a girl
    Who's still inside the world"
    Antip0pon June 09, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General Commentan underrated song. there's so much to wrap your head around. the drumming is perfect.
    smartsimpletonon June 25, 2007   Link

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