"Glad Man Singing" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
I've become a glad man singing a song
About a soldier wanting food and fallen angel
Naked as a fish at night
About a sad man climbed up a willow bough
And the cops are on the fence around the dog in the manger
And the mouth of the river is wide
Wide

I've become a glad man singing a song
About the bushes by the gas pump gone to flower
And a constant star collides
About a sad man singing they forgotten how
And the baby quick sucking when the milk went sour
And the mouth of the river is wide
Wide

About a sad man lost in the hammock sway
When the bridal gown came on and spit out the window
And the cops say the dog won't bite
And the sad man's saying they've forgotten how
And the blood running black in the valley shadows
And the river running all the while

I've become a glad man singing a song
About a lover rolled over, said you must be tired
And the truth coming towards the light
About a sad man knocking on a chapel door
And a burned out boat called "Tried by Fire"
And the mouth of the river is wide
Wide


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"Glad Man Singing" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionThe actual lyrics, directly from the booklet:

    Yonder come a glad man singing a song
    About a soldier want a boot and a fallen angel
    Naked as a fish at night
    About a sad man climbed up a willow bough
    And the cops are on the fence around the dog in the manger
    And the mouth of the river is wide

    Yonder come a glad man singing a song
    About the bushes by the gas pump gone to flower
    And a constant star collides
    About a sad man saying, "they've forgotten how"
    And a baby quit sucking when the milk went sour
    And the mouth of the river is wide

    About a sad man lost in the hammock sway
    When the bridal gown came mama spit out the window
    And a cop said, "the dog won't bite"
    And the sad man saying, "they've forgotten when"
    And the blood running black in the valley shadow
    And the river running all the while

    Yonder come a glad man singing a song
    About a lover rolled over said, "you must be tired"
    And the truth coming toward the light
    About a sad man knocking on a chapel door
    And a burned out boat called 'tried by fire'
    And the mouth of the river is wide
    shadetreeon April 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song is about Sam Beam himself, no longer a mournful soul but a glad man. It is an explanation for his new direction and musical style on the album. People expect music to stay the same, but people change and the music changes with them.
    RamsesIVon August 29, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is what I hear:

    I've become a glad man singing a song
    About a soldier wanting food and fallen angel
    Naked as a fish at night
    About a sad man climbed up a willow bough
    And the cops are on the fence around the dog in the manger
    And the mouth of the river is wide
    Wide . . .

    I've become a glad man singing a song
    About the bushes by the gas pump gone to flower
    And a constant star collides
    About a sad man singing they forgotten how
    And the baby quit sucking when the milk went sour
    And the mouth of the river is wide
    Wide . . .

    About a sad man lost in the hammock sway
    When the bridal gown came on and spit out the window
    And the cops say the dog won't bite
    And the sad man's saying they've forgotten when
    And the blood running black in the valley shadows
    And the river running all the while

    Yeah I've become a glad man singing a song
    About a lover rolled over, said you must be tired
    And the truth coming towards the light
    About a sad man knocking on a chapel door
    And a burned out boat called "Tried by Fire"
    And the mouth of the river is wide
    Wide . . .
    noiamnotwhereibelongon January 13, 2011   Link

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