"Drops in the River" as written by and Robin Pecknold....
Crown of leaves, high in the window on a cold morning
Young today, old as a railroad tomorrow
Days are just drops in the river to be lost always
Only you, only you, you know

Years ago, birds of a feather would arrive nightly
Gone you know, held to another like clutched ivy
On the shore, speak to the ocean and receive silence
Only you, only you, you know

You hesitate so my memory fade, I'll hold to the first one
I wouldn't turn to another you say, on the long night we've made
Let it go

Only you, only you, you know
Only you, only you, you know

You hesitate so my memory fade, I'll hold to the first one
I wouldn't turn to another you say, on the long night we've made
Let it go

Speak to me slow my dear
No ghost of course in here
Pleased to be lonesome quiet and clear
All is alone in here


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  • +2
    General Commentlove this .
    anenomeon August 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's just about the beauty of impermanence; nothing more, nothing less. :)
    fungadoon April 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with fungado about the meaning. I love the guitar in this song. The guitar part after the first stanza sounds so much like "Going to California" by Led Zeppelin to me, and it gets repeated throughout the song. The guitar bit at the end is also great. Fantastic song.
    NirvanaStrokesluvon November 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentNot sure all these lyrics are correct but this seems to be about a brief (sexual) encounter and likening that to how everything (including our lives) are miniscule and brief in the grand scheme of things, ie drops in the river/ a brief encounter. Love this band!
    Davel62on July 17, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe crown of leaves is a symbol of ecstacy, revelry, intoxication, etc. It is associated with Bacchus, the god of said things. In the first verse, it's the morning after those events. The narrator is putting things into perspective- this is a fleeting moment.

    I believe in the second verse the narrator is reflecting upon earlier days when he was younger and wilder. Now, he is alone and looking back on his past relationships. "On the shore, speak to the ocean and receive silence" is a powerful line. It could be that the 'shore' is the narrator's view of the future, and he feels alone.

    I think we get down to brass tacks in the chorus: the narrator misses somebody who doesn't miss him back. He's remembering the night they had together, but knows he must "let it go". And, in the final section, he's resigned himself to his fate.

    mithgilon November 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG SO FREAKING MUCH!

    It rocks
    *Gabby*on January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about growing older ("young today, old as a railroad tomorrow..." and "days are drops in the river to be lost...")
    and loosing your 'glory' days, numerous friends visiting and hanging out ("birds of a feather"), and only having that one other person beside you in the end (like a spouse: "...on the long night we've made...") and finally no one( "No ghost of course in here").

    It's about being completely alone in the end.
    swtmston November 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song on Sun Giant, in my opinion.
    SwaggerSquidon April 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat I hear:

    Crown of leaves, high in the window on a cold morning
    Young today, old as a railroad tomorrow
    Days are just drops in the river to be lost always
    Only you, only you, you know.

    Years ago, birds of a feather would arrive nightly
    Gone you know, held to another like clutched ivy
    On the shore, speak to the ocean and receive silence
    Only you, only you, you know.

    You hesitate so my memory fade, I'll hold to the first one.
    I wouldn't turn to another you say, on the long night we've made
    Let it go.

    Only you, only you, you know.
    Only you, only you, you know.

    You hesitate so my memory fade, I'll hold to the first one.
    I wouldn't turn to another you say, on the long night we've made
    Let it go.

    Speak to me slow my dear,
    No ghost of course in here,
    Pleased to be lonesome quiet and clear,
    All is alone in here.
    DIscoPenguinon August 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty convinced it's actually "Here as the caves of my memory fade."
    mithgilon March 16, 2009   Link

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