There's a light in the house in the wood in the valley.
There's a thought in the head of the man.
Who carries his dreams like the coat slung on his shoulder,
Bringing you love in the cap in his hand.

And each step he takes is one half of a lifetime:
no word he would say could you understand.
So he bundles his regrets into a gesture of sorrow,
Bringing you love cap in hand.

Catching breath as he looks through the dining-room window:
candle lit table for two has been laid.
Strange slippers by the fire.
Strange boots in the hallway.

Put my cap on my head.
I turn and walk away.

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Pibroch (Cap in Hand) Lyrics as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentJust one of these sad brooding songs about a guy in love with a woman (presumably) who loves someone else. Another fictional piece from Songs From the Wood. Brilliant album. Brilliant song.
    rubyrangeron January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment1st - Thanks for transcribing this, Philly Eagles, but your football team stinks and your fans are morons.

    2nd - This is an amazing song. In case you are wondering, the amazing first guitar riff was created by playing a fairly simple lead riff with a lot of distortion through a delay effects box set to a really long delay. After it was recorded, it was all turned backward so that the fade in, referse echo effect was created.

    The middle is the genius of David Palmer, arranging the hell out the song. His work on this Songs from the wood and the other albums from this era was amazing.

    Too bad the song itself is kinda depressing since it is about a LOSER such as you might find on the Philadelphia Eagles Football team.
    dan0311on January 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnrequited love or reconciliation. Too late, someone else has moved in on your territory.
    jcaudioon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell geeze.....there's no need to resort to insulting another user who took the time and effort to put the lyrics of a good song on the site just because you happen to dislike a certain football team.....sheesh people. grow up.

    anyways. i like this song ;) and i dont think it's about a loser. i think its just about a guy who's down on his luck (i.e. maybe the girl you he likes doesnt feel the same way? someone else has filled his shoes?). i think thats something a lot of people can relate to.
    spacepirateon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcap in hand is an old way of saying you are being humble possibly after realising you have wronged someone.

    He's walked out on someone he loves, took some time to think it over and realised his mistake and come back "cap in hand" to ask for forgiveness........... but as jcaudio says just a little too late.
    SilentBenon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPibroch is an anglicised form of the word piobaireachd, which is a type of bagpipipe music consisting of a simple theme and up to twenty variations. The song is written in a form of piobaireachd.
    BoultersCanaryon October 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe symbolical "death" (ending) of a marriage by means of infidelity. The guy finds out that his wife has been cheating on him. The synth part at the end of the song is very funeral like.
    mike111111on February 17, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm surprised no-one else thought of a ghost when looking at this song! I think the lyrics could easily be about a ghost, although Ian Anderson has said before that he wants his lyrics to be interpreted in different ways by different people, so maybe it's about a ghost, and also unrequited love, depending on how you look at it.
    RushFan1on February 25, 2018   Link

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