"Brother's Blood" as written by and Kevin Patrick Devine....
My brother's blood boils in my arms
It balls my fingers into fists
It bubbles blisters burns my palms
It floods with fury, fights, and fits
It's got the good guy in me hiding
It kicks my humble heart around
It's got me fiendin' for the fire
That could finish off this town
It's got me good

It's my brother's blood on a cherry tree
It stains the bark from branch to root
It puddles thick with pits and leaves
It strains the sweetness from the fruit
It's got me lookin' for communion
A hidin' spot off underground
An open plot I could climb in to
A lighting promise in my mouth
A blackout oath I swore and meant, but couldn't conjure up again
I don't know one thing about my brother's blood
No,I don't know one thing about my brother's blood

It's my brother's blood
In my dirty lungs
In my crooked mouth
On my swollen tongue
On my father's gun
On each stranger's face
Across the bluebird sky
On every hand I shake
Night after night
With each chuckled prayer
Such sweet relief
My fists full of hair
With each desperate drive for elusive peace
With every endless night
With each wasted week

All that dialogue doublin' back on me
All that tangled talk
All my growling need
It's my brother's back
It's my father's arms
It's every twisted fact
In my sorry heart
My sorry heart, my sorry heart

I spit and scream what's done is done
Go make your peace with everyone
They don't need to know about my brother's blood
No they don't need to know about my brother's blood


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"Brother's Blood" as written by Kevin Patrick Devine

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    General CommentKevin talks about the theme of this concept in the interview next to his review in AP. "My Brother's Blood boils in my arms" is a sentiment expressing that "in God's eyes, there's nothing to differentiate me and someone in sub-Saharan Africa than the lottery that I won being born where I was." He goes on to talk about how "fucked up and upside down it is," "when we start putting a value on what lives are worth because of the color of the skin or the class structure in society." The imagery he uses clearly shows his anger in the extremity of difference in our situations. I know personally it really upsets me when I hear of people struggling in other places simply because of "the lottery" Kevin talks about and I think this is him coming to terms with the "fury, fights and fits" it gives him.
    spartanfan10on May 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far his best work. Aside from the strong message and clear visualizations, take a look at the alliteration and the fact that the majority of the lyrics fit into the pattern for iambic quadrameter. I mean who does that? Really good writers of poetry, that's who. And then he's able to put some killer guitar in there and make the whole thing sound like the most badass song ever. This is why Kevin Devine is a lyrical genius and I hope he's around for a long time to keep making songs like this.
    emmsers13on April 09, 2012   Link
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    General Comment
    My brother's blood boils in my arms
    It balls my fingers into fists
    It bubbles, blisters, burns my palms
    It floods with fury, fights and fits
    It's got the good guy in me hiding
    It kicks my humble heart around
    It's got me fiending for the fire
    That could finish off this town.
    Oh it's got me good

    It's my brother's blood on a cherry tree
    It stains the bark from branch to root
    It puddles thick with pits and leaves
    It strains the sweetness from the fruit
    It's got me looking for communion
    A hiding spot off underground
    An open plot I could climb into
    A lightening promise in my mouth

    A blackout oath I swore and meant
    But couldn't conjure up again
    I don't know one thing about my brother's blood
    No Oh I don't know one thing about my brother's blood

    It's my brother's blood on my dirty lungs
    On my crooked mouth
    On my swollen tongue
    On my father's gun
    On each stranger's face
    Across the bluebird sky
    On every hand I shake
    Night after night
    With each chuckled prayer
    Such sweet relief
    My fists full of hair
    And each desperate drug (drive?) for elusive peace
    And every endless night and every wasted week
    All that dialogue
    Doubling back on me
    All that tangled talk
    All mygrowling need
    It's my brother's back,
    It's my father's arms
    It's every twisted fact
    In my sorry heart
    My sorry heart, My sorry heart

    I spit and scream what's done is done
    Go make your peace with everyone
    They don't need to know about my brother's blood.
    No oh they don't need to know about my brother's blood.




    love this.
    meghannbradyyon March 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song. Great live. Can't wait to hear it live again :)
    Nik17on March 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a fantastic performer.
    IndeediKidon April 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this on "The Current".... gotta rep MN. awesome song, went home and bought it the same day. really awesome jam.
    ryanalbertjohnomaron September 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAmazing words! but what is the song about? some kind of frustration..I would guess drug addiction
    Arpiieon November 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    this video is AMAZING! please take the time to watch : )
    seekeroftruthon February 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI read that Kevin's brother died from AIDS, and the his memory haunts him. That's what I'm assuming this song is about.
    halle33088on February 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so incredible.

    I don't know anything really specific about Kevin's family/history but judging from his songs it seems like he sings a lot about his brother and his influence on him. He sings a lot about his brother's anger, drug abuse, mistakes... like in you'll only end up joining them, he says "my brother michael he went one way, and at the fork i heard him say, don't you follow, don't go making my mistakes." It seems his brother and family in general has had a heavy influence on him. I think everyone has hereditary tendencies that we're not proud of or want to reject but still sometimes get the best of us.

    i like that he talks about his personal experience and simultaneously puts it into a much greater context of our society.
    kevin devine is such a powerful singer and writer. i love that he screams a good portion of this, pouring himself into every perfectly placed word.
    this song is chilling live. so fucking good.
    invertedcompasson May 29, 2010   Link

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