You slept in your overalls
After the wrecking ball
Bereft you of house and home
And left you with sweet fuck-all
So we got in your car
With our kickabout hearts
And we hollered out, "Sweet Clementine"

Tell your mom to marry us
A candle to carry us
With cans on our bicycle fenders
So sweet and hilarious
And we'll find us a home
Built of packaging foam
That will be there until after we die

And I'll play the clarinet
Use clamshells for castinets
We play with our bags on our shoulders
My sweet lady lioness
And I watch as you sleep
So indelibly deep
And I hum to you, "Sweet Clementine"

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Clementine song meanings
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    General CommentThis is my favorite love song of all time, without a doubt. I already know that it will be my first dance wedding song. Which shouldn't be a problem, because a large requirement for whoever my fiancee may be is that he has to like the decemberists.
    monkandmovies13on October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentObviously this song is telling of a young relationship and despite social constraints such as people telling them that they cannot be in love, they love each other regardless. Even though some may refute their love because of their ages, they know it's as true as it can be.
    thundergodon July 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyep, thundergod.

    "...A triumph of dependence, the account begins after the desolation of the abode of the main character's 'lady lioness.' The result being a paroxysm for leniency, with both characters, faces upturned, weeping into the barren night. The newly vagabond couple then dream of being married, still poor and destitute, but 'so sweet and hilarious.' Accepting their plight, they envision themselves in a makeshift shelter, performing tender melodies together to pass the time--impoverished but in love."…
    knowthyselfon July 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis should have been on the soundtrack for eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
    Arienetteon October 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is so damned beautiful.
    pumkinhedon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought the same thing, Arienette.
    olwensmileson February 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI thought the same thing, Arienette.
    olwensmileson February 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti like to listen to this song before i fall asleep. so soft and sweet.

    "tell your mom to marry us
    a candle to carry us
    with cans on our bicycle fenders
    so sweet and hilarious,"

    heh, i love that. one of my favorites.
    delialon August 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love how a britishism is used ! (fuck-all...which means nothing)
    thetwirlingwindon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSecond verse is where it's at. That's my favorite part, when he sings about a house built from packaging foam and all. I'm quite certain it's involving poverty and whatnot but I just like to think of it as a sweet little thing that a child would come up with...Riding off after being married on bicycles with cans off the back...It's all so unreasonably sweet to me.
    Crystal Disheson April 11, 2006   Link

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