I fell in love with a girl of nineteen
A black-haired girl I called Abilene
"Young girl, where's your husband?"
"Sadly," she replied, "I do not have one."
"It's you I'll marry with your parents' permission."

"No fine sir, they will not let me marry
For I am a young girl
And you are a man without money."
"Then I'll come by your window
Tonight when they both will be sleeping

Outside your window in a carriage I will be waiting
They'll awake, find you gone
Rub their eyes and think they're dreaming."
And never did they think
That their Abilene would leave them

"Now fine sir, where is it you shall take me?
Is it the mountains high
Or is it the deep blue sea?"

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Abilene Lyrics as written by Damien Jurado


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    it hit me. and all it took was a drive through the beuatiful canadian rockys i think "is it in the mountaisn high or is it the deep blue sea" is a question of weither hes taking her to heaven or hell
    banditshomeon August 07, 2008   Link
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    I think "Is it in the mountains high? Or is it the deep blue sea?" means heaven or hell, happiness or sadness, but there is also a tone of weird threat of isolation to this whole song. For example, when the speaker is talking about her parents, and how they will not believe she left them----he sounds kind of gleeful to be taking this naive girl away from everything and everyone she knows. It could also be the devil himself. It sounds rather mysterious and dark, like the Devil has come to tempt her away from her "goodness" and into the dark unknown.
    Mendalusa77on March 13, 2015   Link
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    holy cow, this song is great. i think that damien jurado is amazing. i don't really think that there is anything to explain about this song, it's fairly straightforward. i love the midwestern country/folk music that damien is bringing back. really good, solid musicianship.
    imnotSxExon April 14, 2004   Link
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    this song is great, just listen, there's nothing to realy explain
    Jadevilon April 19, 2004   Link
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    CcPunk82on October 14, 2005   Link
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    a beaut.
    _ellieon April 17, 2006   Link
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    agreed. asojfdhasljdfhksdfhl
    slinkstersarson May 22, 2006   Link
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    (omfgwtfstfuplzkthx) this remarkable song sounds botch catchy and ancient.
    wookion August 15, 2006   Link
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    beautiful song
    iluvothon September 09, 2006   Link
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    "is it in the mountaisn high or is it the deep blue sea" that just seems like something to me that could mean something else haha
    banditshomeon February 10, 2007   Link

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