We met by chance along the Roe River side
our salt fire danced as our tea leaves dried
she hatched our plans in the atmospheric tides

Fortune Teller: Let's give up 'sacrifice' next Lent"
Rabbit: Eh, that joke's long since been spent!"

But as the Fool on the bagpipes played
we kept cool in the parasol shade
your thumb on my page at my tender age
east enders wives
Then hidden in the boxthorn vine
We grew old as the foxtail pine
sheep in the fold gilding our gold
sipping our milk and water lives
she packed our bags some arbitrary time
(by the time he wakes up I'll be gone)
then waved like a flag from the White Star Line
(Queensland our next stop, he'll be gone)
unmoored unwell though I seldom elegize
(you still see who I once was)
we've both been untrue but i'm still counting on you like an invisible rosary
And as the past and all plans are undone,
slowly sank like the shipwrecked sun
bridges and boats burning them both
burned up the sky


choir sang as the Black Birch fell
sorrow rang like a church yard bell
an axe to the trees smoke for the bees
all our dads die


Lyrics submitted by dralex, edited by voldermania

East Enders Wives song meanings
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  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI think its "lets give up sacrifice next *lent*"
    and
    "im still counting on you like an invisible rosary" sounds like he adds an extra syllable, but rosaryness doesn't make much sense. i think he might just be adding a quick "and as" making the next line: "and as the past and all plans are undone" like mroldan1993 said.

    I can't quite piece this one together, they said it's about a runaway rabbit and his love affair with a lusty soothsayer... but i don't think i'm quite getting it. Anybody have any interpretations? I can't understand the hushed background vocals, I wonder if those lines would clear things up. Anyway... can't wait for the cd and the full lyrics!
    Waltronnnon April 28, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionCorrections from lyric booklet. The line and stanza scheme is makeshift as the lyric booklet just has all the lines together in one big paragraph.


    We met by chance along the Roe River side
    our salt fire danced as our tea leaves dried
    she hatched our plans in the atmospheric tides

    Fortune Teller: Let's give up 'sacrifice' next Lent"
    Rabbit: Eh, that joke's long since been spent!"

    But as the Fool on the bagpipes played
    we kept cool in the parasol shade
    your thumb on my page at my tender age
    east enders wives
    Then hidden in the boxthorn vine
    We grew old as the foxtail pine
    sheep in the fold gilding our gold
    sipping our milk and water lives
    she packed our bags some arbitrary time
    (by the time he wakes up I'll be gone)
    then waved like a flag from the White Star Line
    (Queensland our next stop, he'll be gone)
    unmoored unwell though I seldom elegize
    (you still see who I once was)
    we've both been untrue but i'm still counting on you like an invisible rosary
    And as the past and our plans are undone,
    slowly sank like the shipwrecked sun
    bridges and boats burning them both
    burned up the sky


    choir sang as the Black Birch fell
    sorrow rang like a church yard bell
    an axe to the trees smoke for the bees
    all our dads died.
    iamjackslameusernameon May 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEast Enders Wives (not sure about some lines near the end)


    We met by chance on the row riverside
    our songfire danced as our tea leaves dried
    she hatched our plans in the atmospheric tide
    said lets give up sacrifice next lend


    so as the pull on the bagpipes played
    we kept cool in the parasol shade
    your thumb on my page at my tender age
    east enders wives


    Then hidden in the box storm blind
    We grew old as the foxtail pine
    sheep in the fold gilding our gold
    sipping our milk and water lines


    she packed our bags some arbitrary time
    then waved like a flag from the white star line
    unmoored unwell though i seldom elegize
    weve both been untrue but im still counting on you like an invisible rosaryness


    the past and our plans are undone
    slowly sank like a shipwrecked sun
    *bridges and boats turning them both
    burned up the sky


    choir sang as the black birch fell
    sorrow rang like the church yard bells
    *axed the trees so for the bees
    all our dads died
    grayboywilliamson April 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's "smoke to the bees"
    agaetisbyrjunon April 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is so beautiful! I'm not too sure about the meaning yet, but I love this part
    "She packed our bags on arbitrary times
    And waved like a flag from the white star line
    On more than will though I self-apologize
    We both been untrue but I'm still counting on you
    Like an invisible rosary

    And as the past and all plans are undone
    Slowly sank like a shipwrecked sun
    Ridges and ropes, burning man throats
    Burned up the sky

    Fires hang as the black birds fell
    Sorrow rang like the church-yard bells
    And as the trees smoking living
    And all our dads died "

    I cannot wait for this new album.
    sweater_poorly_kniton March 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is growing on me. it's soothing in a melancholic way. "And as the past and all plans are undone slowly sank like a shipwrecked sun."
    mroldan1993on April 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI updated what I think the lyrics are, and wow I was wrong the first time (they were based off a live performance).

    If anyone has any fixes let me know so I can update them

    As far as the meaning goes, apparantly the song is about a fortune teller and a rabbit falling in love, but from the lyrics its hard to figure it out. Does this song somehow represent Aaron and Amanda's relationship? That's what Fox's Dream was about.
    dralexon April 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently, some fortune tellers use rabbits as part of their schtick. travelbelles.com/2010/09/01/istanbuls-bosphorus-bunny-fortune-teller/
    bcmartinon May 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe White Star Line is the cruise company that owned the Titanic, so saying that she waved like a flag from the White Star Line means that she is leaving and is never coming back.
    kintonwon July 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Link(s)This sheds some light:

    blogs.seattleweekly.com/reverb/2012/07/…
    astromartin84on July 22, 2012   Link

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