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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    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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    Agreed

    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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Well, in my opinion this song is about being a young & maybe a little naive &/or introverted girl and finding yourself loving a man who is at first very charming, carefree & outgoing, and seems at first to be without limits, as in "There was a time you opened up every doorway you didn't mind if everything wasn't your way" then that man starts to gradually become more introverted & shows their more possessive/obsessive side to you as the relationship progresses, even while they keep up the appearance of being carefree & outgoing to everyone else, "Don't pull away that goes against what you told me I look in your eyes I realize what you've sold me is love in a vacuum" so you confront them about the way they're acting and of course they deny it, "I think you've changed but you insist that that's not true" quite possibly they are an addict of some sort, my guess would be cocaine, &/or showing very obsessive behavior towards you (early on in the video for this song we see the man hanging a picture up, it is a very large portrait of Aimee & it is prominently displayed in his/their apartment for the duration of the song), thus their "love in a vacuum", "You look so strange, so distant that you're hardly you Now I can see how you have been acting different You say it's me but I know that it isn't it's love in a vacuum" but still you are in love with them and don't want to leave them and you know that they are truly in love with you and they don't want you to leave them either, maybe they are convinced you can save them from themself, maybe they are so broken that the possibility of an overdose &/or suicide attempt is very real and you want to get through to them that their behavior not only dangerous but it is also just pissing you off and if they don't wise up they run the risk of loosing you, as in the lines "You will be lonely if you leave me alone", so you want to save them but can't get through to them due to the addiction &/or emotional problems they have, "Love in a vacuum and that's not enough love in a vacuum You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way You will be lonely if you leave me alone You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way it's just not enough" you want them to understand that the love they are giving you is not enough when it is filtered through the vacuum of their drug addiction &/or emotional impairment, "You will be lonely you'll be the only one who feels this way it's just not enough and just wait you will be lonely Love in a vacuum Love in a vacuum and that's not enough Love in a vacuum". 'Love In A Vacuum' for me is a hauntingly truthful acute argument on the loneliness of obsession and almost inevitable loss of love that follows people who are broken in some way or another; the obsessives, the coke heads, the drunks, addicts or the just-plain-old emotionally broken; a razor sharp, lyrically driven, deceptively poppy, yet ultimately-depressing-in-the-best-way song. Quintessential Aimee Mann.