"Ragged Wood" as written by and Robin Pecknold....

Come down from the mountain, you have been gone too long
The spring is upon us, follow my only song
Settle down with me by the fire of my yearning
You should come back home, back on your own now

The world is alive now, in and outside our home
You run through the forest, settle before the sun
Darling, I can barely remember you beside me
You should come back home, back on your own now

In the evening light, when the woman of the woods came by
To give to you the word of the old man
In the morning tide, when the sparrow and the seagull fly
And Johnathan and Evelyn get tired

Lie to me if you will at the top of Barringer Hill
Tell me anything you want, any old lie will do
Call me back to you

Back to you

Lyrics submitted by samuelhgarfield

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    General CommentI agree with EldaAnzari so I changed the lyrics.

    To me this song is partially about the beauty of Spring coming alive. I know that feeling living in Seattle, as I imagine Robin does.

    Also, this Yeats poem might help understanding this song:

    The Ragged Wood by William Butler Yeats

    O hurry where by water among the trees
    The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh,
    When they have but looked upon their images -
    Would none had ever loved but you and I!

    Or have you heard that sliding silver-shoed
    Pale silver-proud queen-woman of the sky,
    When the sun looked out of his golden hood? -
    O that none ever loved but you and I!

    O hurty to the ragged wood, for there
    I will drive all those lovers out and cry -
    O my share of the world, O yellow hair!
    No one has ever loved but you and I.
    samuelhgarfieldon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've been listening to ff for a while but really only just discovered the last part of ragged wood recently. all i can say is i've been crying since whenever i listen to its amazing sounds, vocals and lyrics. nothing worse than feeling like crap but this song rings true on my current relationship and what i've done to my girl. has a real sense of finality to it and gave me a huge slap in the face.

    thanks to the ff dudes.
    jfarmeron November 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is great!! What, no comments? It is a pretty straightforward love song, but it is so full of the joy, yearning and uncertainity of young love. It makes me happy. :)
    songyoneon July 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgreat tune, but i think you got some one the lines wrong.

    "settle down with me by the fire of my yearning"
    "the world is alive now in and outside our home"

    but who knows! wish there was some place on the internet to read the official lyrics.
    EldaAnzarion July 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBarringer Hill is misspelled: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    skibum8713on October 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is by far the best one from the album
    such a cute love song
    shakelly_blackmouthon April 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's in the morning TIME, not tide.

    Also I think Jonathan and Evelyn are probably TIED rather than tired in the morning (in the sense of tied = married)? Think that makes more sense in the context of the song.
    iangurteenon June 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis and "mykonos"...their best 2 songs.

    lie to me if you will / at the top of Barringer hill!!!
    summerteeth99on January 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLie to me if you will at the top of Barringer hill. Tell me anything you want, any old lie will do" I love this part. I think this song is about desperate love for someone who won't return it to you and has moved on. He's saying that he doesn't care what she said or did as long as she comes back to him. His pleas are not working though.
    chopperjon May 04, 2011   Link
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    General Commentabsolutely gorgeous song. im surprised FF doesnt have more comments...theyre one of the best bands out there, and this song is all the proof you need
    uiaccskon July 27, 2008   Link

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