"Till the Water's All Long Gone" as written by and Colin Meloy....
They came down from the mountains
They've strayed too long from the fountain
And all the while
All the while they longed for us
But I won't betray, no I won't betray, no I won't betray, I won't
No, I won't betray, no I won't betray, no I won't betray, I won't
Till the water's all long gone

And you, my sweet flower
And how you proved more sweet by the hour
And loath was I, loath was I
To lose you
My tender rose, my limber rose, my slender roping darling
My tender rose, my slender rose, my limber loping darling
But my darlin's, long long long

They came down from the mountains
They strayed too long from the fountain
Oh my girl, oh my love, I've lost you
But I won't betray, no I won't betray, no I won't betray, I won't
No, I won't betray, no I won't betray, no I won't betray, I won't
Till the water's all long gone


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"Til the Water's All Long Gone" as written by Colin Meloy

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  • +1
    General CommentCorrect lyrics :

    They came down from the mountain
    They strained too long from the fountain
    And all the while
    All the while they longed for us

    But I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    Our water
    No, I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    Our water
    Till the water's all long gone

    And you, my sweet flower
    And how you grew more sweet by the hour
    And loath those eyes
    Loath was I to lose you
    My tender rose
    My limber rose
    My slender loathing daughter
    My tender rose
    My slender rose
    My limber loathing daughter
    But my daughter's long, long gone

    They came down from the mountain
    They strained too long from the fountain
    Oh, my girl
    Oh my love, I've lost you

    But I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    Our water
    No, I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    No, I won't betray
    Our water
    Till the water's all long gone
    Cyberghoston January 29, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about someone not having the courage or not wanting to move on literally or figuratively. Wanting to stay home at the "fountain", not betraying his values and beliefs -"our water". But the people around - "they" - moved on. "They came down from the mountain". They simply left or changed too much in relation to him. By staying still he lost his tender rose - his daughter. But he intends to stay true his beliefs until the end. He's made up his mind to not betray them till he dies. The point where Colin sings "Till the water's all long gone", the sudden change of mood and the beautiful solo that follows gives me chills.

    This is my favorite song from the album, but that's only my first hearing of the album. Thanks for this beauty Decemberists!
    Aspromavroson February 01, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's probably "Loathe was I to lose you."
    SmellsHomelesson January 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Memoryhmmmmm.... I can't quite place it, but I could swear this was an old fey tale
    something about faeries, who need to drink the water from the fountain of their home up in the mountains to remain immortal, and without it die and fade to dust?
    the story goes that some of them long to know the world of mortals far away from their home, intending to return before their time runs out and they die, but one falls in love with a mortal man and bears a child (through some sort of magical means, of course, even a faerie can't survive nine months without taking a drink)
    does this ring a bell to anybody?? I can't quite remember and it's bothering the hell out of me, and it has been since the album came out....
    beatricemwon June 22, 2016   Link

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