"Islands on the Coast" as written by and Benjamin Bridwell Rob Hampton....
Here's a copy
The rest that you know
And put the kind words to bed

For man don't say why
Or even know how
It's only awful as
The hell that you know

When islands want to coast
Islands want to coast
They'll know how
Yeah, they'll know how

And only hours before
The house had burned down
He shut the other door

But if I don't see now
Or even know why
It's only awful
As the hell that you know

When islands want to coast
Islands want to coast
They'll know how
Yeah, they'll know how

Home
Home
Home
Home

He was riding in
The next thing you know
Let's take the other door

Now if I don't think right
Or even know how
It's only awful
As the hell that you know

When islands want to coast
Islands want to coast
They'll know how
Yeah, they'll know how

Home
Home
Home
Home


Lyrics submitted by kflorence

"Islands on the Coast" as written by Creighton Barrett Benjamin Bridwell

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    General CommentEven though the lyrics aren't Islands on the Coast, this song makes me picture myself in a boat off the coast sailing past islands on a beautiful bright sunny day
    t1duon May 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line is definitely: "Eyelids want to close." Quoting, now:

    “That song’s kind of a metaphor for closing the door on certain things from the past and moving forward,” Bridwell explains later. “The lyric actually says ‘eyelids want to close,’ but I always thought it sounded like ‘islands on the coast,’ so I named it that to screw with people. That song deals with some things that went down before we left Seattle. I liked the metaphor of an eyelid closing. It can mean a lot of things, but I thought it worked well for talking about that.”

    Link to the source: americansongwriter.com/2007/11/band-of-horses-ponies-up-on-the-pen/
    dmvdcon January 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's the best I can do, it might be "when islands on the coast, islands on the coast will know how" but I can't really hear it well enough. Feel free to help me out :)
    kflorenceon December 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's definitely not he was riding in... etc. that whole 3 line part is kinda off. props for trying, cause i have no idea what it is instead, but i don't think that part is right. good song though.
    13chadon December 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah I know it's off, for certain parts I just had to make something up so it would pass submission (since they don't allow you to put ?'s in place of words). When someone else can give me a better choice of words I will consider them :D
    kflorenceon December 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally love this song, I've been trying to figure out he's saying for the longuest time. I think this sounds pretty good, even if sometimes it's not exactly it, but it's a lot better what I thought it was.

    Anyway I always thought he was saying "Island towards the coast", maybe?
    cookie4eveon February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me dance so effing much, haha
    and I have no clue what it's about
    polkadottedfameon May 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is great. Anyone familiar with Animal Collective? I feel like some stuff is borrowed from them in this song.
    HilbertThm90on May 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read somewhere that someone thought the line might be "When eyelids want to close (They'll know how...)" I know this has nothing to do with "Islands on the coast" but now whenever I listen to the song that's what I hear. This probably has something to do with how that line would relate to the (going) home theme I percieved in the song. Yeah, I have no idea. Great song though.
    Past the Fourth Boxon May 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif i didn't know any better i'd probably mistake this for the shins.
    mdgwsu89on October 31, 2008   Link

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