In your own time
You'll dream something evil
Sing like an old crow
And worship the land

Don't be scared
If I walk with the devil
Run down the mountain
And ask for your hand

'Cause we only want a life
That's well worth living
And sleeping is
No kind of life at all

Come meet the family
And sit by the fire
Someone will catch you
If you want to fall

In your own time
You'll dance in the moonlight
Smoke like a freight train
And fuck like a dog

Don't be scared
If I tell you I love you
I'll be good to you
Then I'll be gone

'Cause we only want a life
That's well worth living
And sleeping ain't
No kind of life at all

Come meet the family
And get warm by the fire
Someone will catch you
If you want to fall


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    General CommentJust put this up today. It's track 2 from Sam Beam's unreleased sessions. I love this song and highly suggest it to anyone who loves Iron & Wine.
    kylesseyon January 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really get a feeling of, not necessarily "reckless abandon" for one's life, but rather making the things you do appreciable to yourself. "Making the most of your time" i guess. Take living, take people, take responsibility and take yourself a little less seriously. do what you want, or you'll fail at living and die angry.

    the stanzas are pretty clear-cut in reference to things in the world that conservative, maybe elderly, shut-in, watchful-eye-type people would call "evil":

    1. In your life you will
    have strong (sexual?) desires
    be belligerent
    disregard your (judeo-christian?) faith at times

    5. in your life, you will...
    not conform to a schedule sometimes
    smoke cigarettes (and other things?)
    fuck like a dog. (sam didn't beat around the bush here!)
    Peaucharleson February 12, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't really know why, but the impression I get from this song is that someone is trying to "ruin" their life or is starting to go down a path that they know is self-destructive but they find themselves surrounded by people who just won't leave them alone/let them do what they want. So they're stifled by people that love them and say they want to help but don't really understand anything about the world. It reminds me a lot of my life. It's like... there are some people that just know more about the real world, the darker things of it, and the more naive people think they can fix everything and do everything right and that everyone has a problem if they're not as happy as them. I don't know. Just an idea. It's like churchpeople not understanding a druggie's problem, but having known them forever they think that a little prayer will do the trick when in reality, the druggie needs real help, psychological help, rehab, etc, and not just religion.
    This one isn't my favorite Iron & Wine song, but it's a good listen(:
    istimeon August 08, 2011   Link

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