"Harper Road" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
Blackberries ripe on the branches
Her skin is burning, she bends to pick them
Bake a delicious pie
For our aching stomachs we delight

Sorrow came in floods this April
With our reason humble warning
We're now in May, June, and July
Don't leave my love, don't leave my side

Bright heaven moonlight glows
My love does for you
In dreams of Harper Road
I'll always find you stretched out like an orange tabby

And on the porch with ferns surrounding her
And there in breaths she'll take not often
There her heart troubles suddenly soften

Wild oak spare the deadliest drought
Like a mother's will it snuffs out
And any flame comes round it breathes in
And she'll endure the driest season

My blood runs through my only daughter
Her eyes are mine, so wide with wonder
Be my voice, my light, my power
Be with me in my leaving hour

Brighter the moonlight glows
My love does for you
In dreams of Harper Road
I'll always find you


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"Harper Road" as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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    General CommentA married couple. They have small problems, but soon make up. They have a daughter together. They will stay together, always.
    DubJon June 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThey will not stay together always - she's dying. "And there in breaths she'll take not often / There her heart troubles suddenly soften" - I think he's being literal there, she's actually leaving, dying soon, or has done. "Sorrow came in floods this April / With our reason humble warning" - a warning of something horrible to come, limited time, is their reason for sorrow. She's leaving the world, soon.

    He doesn't want her to leave - "Don't leave my love, don't leave my side." But he will "endure the driest season," and always remember her. And even though she's not with him now, he'll always find her in his dreams and memories, and his love will always shine brightly.

    Such a sad, haunting song, that gets that feeling of this story both before and after it happens perfectly - the anticipation and sorrow, the strong memories still persisting, and the sentiment of the power of the human spirit to endure even the most damaging events, like a wild oak endures a fire. Amazing song.
    triswebon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Without reason, hope or warning"
    TedPikulon April 24, 2012   Link

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