"Dear Avery" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Dear Avery, I think of you only
Were you waving, were you dead on the vine
Oh Avery, I think of you lonely
But I could just grab you by the nape of your neck

There are times life will rattle your bones
And will bend your limbs
You're still far away the boy you've ever been
So you bend back and shake at the frame
Of the frame you made
But don't you shake alone
Please Avery, come home

Headstrong, you and your long arms
Listing lazily on the cusp of your tease
But you were my Avery and when you needed saving
I could just grab you by the nape of your neck

There are times life will rattle your bones
And will bend your limbs
You're still far and away the boy you've ever been
So you bend back and shake at the frame
Of the frame you made
But don't you shake alone
Please Avery, come home
Don't you shake alone
Please Avery, come home
Come home


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"Dear Avery" as written by Colin Meloy

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  • +4
    General CommentThere was an article in Time that was published about the new album in which Meloy explains this and a few of the other songs on the album. He said that this song was inspired by the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    From the "Time" article:

    "They're kids," he says. "If you're a parent of one of these people, you just want to grab them by the scruff of their neck and yank them out of it. When they're that far out of arm's reach that must be devastating."
    --Colin Meloy

    If you re-read the lyrics, this definitely makes sense.
    musicismylife926on March 02, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about watching your son grow up and realizing that you can't always protect him
    cptnjesson January 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm not about to discount the dog theory, because I think it's sweet, but I think it's about a teenaged son. He doesn't necessarily have to be writing about his own son, it's not like the majority of his songs are written about his life anyway.
    freddy2fanon January 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think its definitely about a person over an animal.

    It reminds me of John Lennons "Beautiful Boy". I imagine in it, he's thinking about how great and normal his son will grow into being. Of his son, he says I "think of you only", imagining him as a normal teenager, long-limbed, confronting the normal slings and arrows of life.

    And those things will bend and shake you, but like everyone (mostly) you'll get through it.
    And if not, please "come home".

    "the nape of the neck" phrase which is repeated twice, could refer to a time when he was a baby and dependent on him and he could just hold him and keep him safe, but not any more...

    maybe.

    It's a beautiful song, particularly because I am an out and out sucker for melody changes like he sings on the word "Avery" and then gently fades out the sentence with the powerful "come home". kills me.




    montimeson February 25, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionDear Avery
    I think of you only
    Were you waving
    Were you dead on the vine?

    Oh Avery
    To think of you lonely
    Would I could just grab you
    By the nape of your neck

    There are times life will rattle your bones
    And will bend your limbs
    But you’re still far and away the boy you’ve ever been
    So you bend back and shake at the frame
    Of the frame you made
    (But don’t you shake alone)
    Please, Avery, come home

    Head strong
    You and your long arms
    Listing lazily
    On the cusp of your teens

    But you were my Avery
    And when you needed saving
    I could just grab you
    By the nape of your neck
    cptnjesson January 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@cptnjess, I totally agree with you, but the references make it seem like the song is written about an animal that has lost its child -- perhaps a monkey. "I could just grab you by the nape of your neck", and "you and your long arms listing lazily" are distinctly non-humanoid descriptions. In any case, such an incredibly beautiful song!
    afrophilicuson January 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. Giving me some serious chills
    captainfantasyon February 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the above post, mostly because it points out how musicians don't need to write songs that are related to their personal lives at all. In fact, I think a lot of them don't, and people get confused thinking that they're trying to.
    srsizzyon March 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIN LOVE with this song. It is beautiful. I might want to name my first child Avery just because of how good it is. It's such a beautiful account of parenthood.
    While listening to it on repeat on a long drive I listened closely to try and figure out what people's interpretations might be here on songmeanings. Just from the "come home" part of it I thought it might be about a son serving in the forces, and I guess I was right.
    I just LOVE the part "There are times life will rattle your bones and bend your limbs, you'll still find your way, the boy you've never been." It just says a lot to me about how the experiences you have growing up change and shape you into the grown person you've "never been" until you've had them.
    bec54321on May 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI actually just watched a live version on youtube, and it seems that the words "you'll still find your way, the boy you've ever been" are actually

    You're still far away,
    The boy you've ever been

    (I guess that's what the first post on here says.)
    Which makes even more sense with Meloy's explanation of what the song means.
    bec54321on May 01, 2011   Link

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