gabriel this is the last
chapter of our correspondence
i hope that after time goes past
you can remember me with fondness

i think as i am thinking now
of all the pages that have seen us
laid out unending in between us
and we can walk them like the ground

i know my fate i do not mean to fight
but you tread softly on the ground tonight
tread softly on the words you used to write

oh gabriel i see you there
that day i met you in the orchard
and i was younger then i wore my hair
in bows across my forehead

soon they will twist it at the shoulder
and fix the clasp against my neck
and i do not think you would know her
if you could see what they reflect

i've seen my future in an evening dress
all wrapped in tapestry and fur i guess
remember me the way you knew me best

oh gabriel i have kept
everything you sent me
everything you put to paper but
it's better to forget
than fill your head with memories
think that you will thank me later

oh gabriel i wish that i
could pick you up and fold you like a ribbon
i'd keep you always and in secret
in the pockets of my clothes

but this is how i live my life
with all the parts that i was given
this is the heart that i was given
and what you're given can be sold

i see my future in an evening dress
and i've been walking to her step to step
remember the way you knew me best

i know my fate i do not mean to fight
but you tread softly on the ground tonight
tread softly on the words you used to write

i know my fate i do not mean to fight
but you tread softly on the ground tonight
tread softly on the words you used to write


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    My InterpretationIt seems more like she's marrying for money instead of love. Gabriel must be the man she loves, because why else would she keep everything he sent her- including his letters. She probably keep them if they were from a man she was going to use for money.

    When she's saying things like "soon they will twist it at the shoulder and fix the clasp against my neck and i do not think you would know her", she's talking about herself on her wedding day, and she will be unlike to the girl he met in the orchard.

    It seems like she and Gabriel were secret lovers, which is why she makes reference to his letters, telling him to "tread carefully" because she is soon to be a married woman...and why she wants to fold him up into her pocket like a "secret ribbon" (I don't know if that's a euphemism or not...)

    It seems she's saying goodbye to her childhood sweetheart and is growing into a woman of society he wouldn't recognize.
    Tatterdemalion44on October 11, 2009   Link
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    General Commentam i the only person who thinks the fiddle sounds like the graduation song?
    Coffeejunkie891on March 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about rejection of a religion. i don't really have any justification for it, but it's all i ever think when i listen to it.
    the idea of growing up and discovering that, in fact, what you've been taught all your childhood isn't what you really believe, nor want to believe.

    anyway, regardless of it's meaning, i love this song!
    morningmorgantownon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just read that emmy described this song as the tale of a 19th century woman choosing to marry for love, not money.

    there we go
    morningmorgantownon June 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenter at her show in nyc emmy said this was about a guy she used to talk to online.
    kkraveyon July 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really do wish that whoever posted this had had the decency to capitalise. It really bugs me to see such a lovely song reduced to lower case.
    Also, I think that the first line of the second verse is "AND think as I am thinking now."

    Annoyance at this representation aside, I adore this song. It always sounds to me like a girl saying goodbye to a childhood friend that she has grown apart from, in order to preserve his innocence as she is losing hers. She thinks the world of him, but she's destined to grow into a world that he wouldn't recognise, and so she's decided it would be best to end their correspondence. That's just the image it paints for me.
    lilacgoldon August 26, 2010   Link

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