You can put them on the counter there with all the other flowers
And help me figure out how to turn off this TV
I'm glad you made the visit, and if you think you have a minute
You should sit and talk until it's time to leave

Is my granddaughter Ruthie still working at the movies?
Does she still let all her boyfriends in for free?
Does she still stare out of the front door as she's serving people popcorn
And talk about how nice today was supposed to be?

Ohhhhh, That's the love that I came to bear witness to
Ohhhhh, And the love I'm taking with me when I go

Did you notice walking over at the house down at the corner
There's a dog behind a window that doesn't move
I've seen him staring in the mornings, I've seen him staring in the evenings
As if time stops 'til his master's in the room

Ohhhhh, That's the love that I came to bear witness to
Ohhhhh, And the love I'm taking with me when I go

Some nights get worse than others, and I start thinking about your mother
And she's here with me as far as I can tell
As if the world revealed its secret and it's asking me to keep it
Like a kid that hears the ocean in a shell

And that's the love that I came to bear witness to
And the love I'm taking with me when I go

Ohhhhh, That's the love that I came to bear witness to
Ohhhhh, And the love I'm taking with me when I go


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  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't get a wedding or funeral vibe. I see it as an elderly man being visited in a nursing home (or similar) by his grown child. The child brought flowers and now the father wants to talk about the grandkids and missing his wife, the child's mother. He has nothing else happening in his life, so he watches the dog down the street and empathizes, because he too is just waiting around for the people he cares about to come visit.
    Leroon September 28, 2014   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningI think this song is about a wedding, whose wedding can't be said for certain, but it looks like based on lyrics such as these: "Some nights get worse than others, and I start thinking about your mother And she's here with me as far as I can tell"
    "Is my granddaughter Ruthie still working at the movies?" It appears to be a father of a daughter who is also a grandfather.
    It seems to be about the conformity of the notion of marriage, and how it is not really taken seriously anymore.
    "You can put them on the counter there with all the other flowers"
    Bringing the flowers that all the other guests have brought that don't have nearly as much meaning as they are intended to or should have. However, it is also possible that this song is coming from the perspective of someone else and possibly at a funeral, it could go either way, my reasoning for this is based on this line
    "I'm glad you made the visit, and if you think you have a minute
    You should sit and talk until it's time to leave"
    One doesn't just stop by a wedding, and so it is possible that this is a daughter of said father stopping by and the grandfather without his wife is asking now about all the things that he has been absent to and believes are the true standards of how love should be defined.
    If it was a wedding, he'd be saying to his daughter, that's the love that I came to bear witness to and I hope that is the love that you intend to commemorate at your wedding. If it is a funeral it could be the daughter or the father saying that at the funeral all the examples given are the love that he/she came to bear witness to, in memoriam of the deceased.

    Truly a great song. The Band Dawes are lyrical geniuses.
    Pimmermenon September 23, 2014   Link

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