sometimes when you talk about
your life as you live it out.
your eyes want to scream and shout words
at lies that were given out

and you
should know
should I

so then you try to turn around
and think your life is all about
the happiness you find
a simple lullaby

and you will try to take it out
by stomping around the fertile ground
and killing little seeds
of a grass thats yet to be

and you
will find

in the made of a melody
you in the heart of the harmony
timing the time that we start to sing
long will the time of your heart beat

and we will get rid of the weight
thats displaced upon our little backs
a weight thats really half as bad

and i will shout out to the sky
and i'll sing along my little songs
that help me move the day along

and you will find

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    General Commenti feel about the song the way i did when i first heard joanna newsom.
    i was like "what the heck is this?" but also i was strangely attracted to it and now she is one of my favorite artists.
    anyone know what its about?
    so yeah
    i think i really like this song.
    pocketvisionon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song never ceases to make me smile. i wish i knew more about the artist.

    i think it's "that's been placed on our little backs", though.
    deepseadiveron February 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is what is on his website for this entire album. also you can listen to the demo versions and download it all with album art and everything.

    The Boy Who Floated Freely tells a story about a boy named Giver who washes ashore on an island. When Giver regains consciousness, he starts to hear music coming from a nearby village. He immediately runs after the sound with the little energy left in his body, hoping to find people. As the music grows louder and closer he realizes that it is coming from inside a small bar within the village. Upon entering the bar, Giver is welcomed with a song played for him by a band of Gypsies. They ask about Giver, and what he's doing there on the island. After Giver sings them a song telling them about himself the Gypsies welcome Giver, and offer him a place to stay for the night so that he may regain strength. Giver is led to his room by a very pretty young girl named Marcía who has been ordered to offer Giver a small dose of potion to help him better sleep. He accepts, only, the young girl adds a potion that makes Giver fall in love with her as well.

    When Giver falls asleep, he dreams of his brother and of other things that are heavy on his mind. When he awakes though- he feels light at heart, and he and Marcía sing a song together. Giver begins to realize he's in love, but does not feel he is old enough or wise enough to be suitable for Marcía. Although the love is there, by the time Giver truly allows himself to be fully taken over by his feelings, Marcía's love has grown dull. Giver is then left alone again, light and free as a paper airplane flying high above the sea.
    Briffauton September 27, 2009   Link

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