"Tangle in This Trampled Wheat" as written by and Kristian Matsson....
And so many days of longing now--
Why should it ever be this far?
Where I get frightened;
I could never gather birds enough to carry 'round your
Part.
But I see traces of your thoughts out here.
I see a sight; I hear a sound.

I only comfort in the brittleness of days when I can
Hold what I just found.
In the untired eyes of the laughing child,
And the dirtiest sweater he owns.
Early sun warmed mine,
And all those life-like sins
That will pull out the memories to show.
I'm not leavin' alone;
I'm not leavin' alone.

If just that weather-beatin' plane was here--
Haven't seen it since I came.
Can only wonder if it's near or in the skies
When this damn city sounds the same.

And sometimes I'm just a tangle in this trampled wheat.
Shirk a-like a losing dog.
If just tonight that I could be where you are near
And just forget where I am lost.

In the untired eyes of the laughing child,
And the dirtiest sweater he owns.
Early sun warmed mine,
And all those life-like sins
That will pull out the memories to show.
I'm not leavin' alone;
I'm not leavin' alone.


Lyrics submitted by Magnetar, edited by ThisMeansMore, Shagglet

"Tangle in This Trampled Wheat" as written by Kristian Matsson

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    My Interpretation“you can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”

    ― Frederick Buechner
    KL71on September 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds to me like "In the untired eyes of the laughing child". also "Pines", not "mine". Just sounds to me. Wonderful song. Tallest Man on Earth makes music.
    sparrowhawkon September 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts actually "It's in the young, tight eyes of the laughing child"
    oiseaudepassageon September 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat.
    Magnetaron September 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIn the fourth verse, I think it's, "Circle like a losing dog".

    Also, I think the first line in the second verse belongs in the first verse.

    misssarawithoutanhon December 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this. Shivers when he says "I'm not leaving alone" the second time. :)
    poshboyon December 15, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correctionit is definitely:

    "I get frightened i could never gather birds enough to carry 'round your heart"

    not 'part', and for my money it's one of the most beautiful lines ever written.
    calamarikingon September 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentyeah, but what is it about?
    daboognish88on May 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about having home sickness after leaving home, and the feeling of displacement and loneliness one encounters when they leave what they are familiar with. Basically, throughout the song, the persona Matsson creates is one who is struck by blemishes of nostalgia as he or she observes their surroundings and draws strenuous links of familiarity between their new environment and the environment they have moved to.

    However, they resolve themselves to the fact that they are just 'a tangle in this trampled wheat,' in that they don't fit in with the new suppressed and harsh environment they've found themselves in. And they 'shirk-a like a losing dog,' as in they have become defeatist, and refrain from their surroundings because they are so suppressing.Matsson creates a contrast of his home, 'the weather beaten plains,' and the city that 'sounds the same,' and is no where near as romantic for the persona as is his or her true home.

    However there is an optimism about the song when he says 'I'm not leaving alone,' in that while the persona is physically leaving a lone they are metaphorically leaving with an armory of memories and character-defining experiences from his home, that will stay with them and help them feel comforted in the new environment.

    Also lyrics you need to fix
    'I get frightened I could never gather birds enough to carry 'round your heart,'
    'I shirk-a like a losing dog,' and
    'It's in the un-tired eyes of the laughing child.'

    All in all, this is a magical song, and Matsson depicts the feelings of displacement, and a lack of belonging so elegantly. It really resonates with me. TMOE <3 ...Hope that helped guys.
    Gunners1993on May 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about having home sickness after leaving home, and the feeling of displacement and loneliness one encounters when they leave what they are familiar with. Basically, throughout the song, the persona Matsson creates is one who is struck by blemishes of nostalgia as he or she observes their surroundings and draws strenuous links of familiarity between their new environment and the environment they have moved to.

    However, they resolve themselves to the fact that they are just 'a tangle in this trampled wheat,' in that they don't fit in with the new suppressed and harsh environment they've found themselves in. And they 'shirk-a like a losing dog,' as in they have become defeatist, and refrain from their surroundings because they are so suppressing.Matsson creates a contrast of his home, 'the weather beaten plains,' and the city that 'sounds the same,' and is no where near as romantic for the persona as is his or her true home.

    However there is an optimism about the song when he says 'I'm not leaving alone,' in that while the persona is physically leaving a lone they are metaphorically leaving with an armory of memories and character-defining experiences from his home, that will stay with them and help them feel comforted in the new environment.

    Also lyrics you need to fix
    'I get frightened I could never gather birds enough to carry 'round your heart,'
    'I shirk-a like a losing dog,' and
    'It's in the un-tired eyes of the laughing child.'

    All in all, this is a magical song, and Matsson depicts the feelings of displacement, and a lack of belonging so elegantly. It really resonates with me. TMOE <3 ...Hope that helped guys.
    Gunners1993on May 29, 2012   Link

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