"Swing Tree" as written by Wes Miles and Rostam Batamanglij....
If I was a boy at sea
I would be swinging from a broken tree
I would be down on my back looking up at stars at night
and if I could get back to reach to reach the saltiest of evergreens
You know that I would turn back just to fight the whites of iron eyes

When I hear that wind and I think of Spring
Underneath an open window a carved out sign and
often I would fight with my mind

Saltwater brine where you hung your crown
When you washed your eyes in last night's tea
I thought you might come out from the dream to find that

Underneath the pine grew a patch of thyme
that I burned for six days in the sun
'til I heard the distant sound of drums

Oh the queen had come and the King had died
and my forehead burned but I closed my eyes
and my forehead burned but I closed my eyes

Before I go I've got to run, down the street
to the market cove where I could
find six seeds to bring back to the yard
and plant underneath the birch tree
No white skies or red sunlight
In the saltwater brine
My forehead burned but I closed my eyes

Whoa. Now you've got to go.

If I was a boy


Lyrics submitted by benk0202

"Swing Tree" as written by Wes Miles Rostam Batamanglij

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    General CommentThere is something so sexy about the chorus -- smooth, hopeful, playful, elementally pleasing to the senses. An added bonus to what is by far one of the best songs composed on this album. Discovery is, no doubt, the product of genius. To Wes Miles and Rostam Batmanglij: Respect.
    WindBlowsWildon September 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about being a boy. a young one. no deeper meaning than enjoying your own thought as a boy, which is lovely.
    specialblendon August 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is possibly my favorite song on the track. the imagery this song offers is amazing.
    Saints47on July 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was "when you washed your eyes in last night's tears." Regardless, I love this song!
    annaisfancyon July 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was "when you washed your eyes in last night's tears." Regardless, I love this song!
    annaisfancyon July 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this earlier this Summer on XM and fell in love with it! It sounds so different than anything out there and definitely puts you in another state of mind. <3
    cb06on August 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love that this song has an almost calypso-ish undertone. It just makes it so dancey :]
    theYayaconundrumon November 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionit's almost like looking into some really upbeat no-worry-world, then they leave too soon...
    just a glimpse.

    great song.
    JustThinkOfUson November 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhat does "I would turn back just to fight the whites of iron eyes" mean?
    ... and what are salty evergreeens?

    actually, the more i think of it the more I think I dont get most of this song at all, is he singing about different dreams he is having... or memories? why does his forehead burn?
    farkhipovon June 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhat does "I would turn back just to fight the whites of iron eyes" mean?
    ... and what are salty evergreeens?

    actually, the more i think of it the more I think I dont get most of this song at all, is he singing about different dreams he is having... or memories? why does his forehead burn?
    farkhipovon June 21, 2013   Link

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