Daddy's ghost behind you
Sleeping dog beside you
You're a poem of mystery
You're the prayer inside me

Spoken words like moonlight
You're the voice that I like

Needlework & seedlings
In the way you're walking
To me from the timbers
Faded from the winter

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Faded from the Winter Lyrics as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentI think this song sounds like it's for a mother-figure. At least that's what it makes me think of. It brings me nostalgia for my parents, specifically my mother, and my home.
    Beautiful-- the kind of song that really makes you stop moving forward and sort of suspend in the present to feel strong emotions.
    ileavubrethleson October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI saw Iron & Wine play live in the Union Chapel in Islington and there was a beautiful intimacy. But through all the delicate emotions Iron & Wine brought out in me, this by far was the most profound, I'm not sure why but 'faded from winter' made me shiver all over, and made my eyes well up. You've got to see Iron & Wine live to know what I'm talking about, even if you don't care what I'm talking about, you should see them live anyway. That feeling you feel when you listen to Samuel Beam do his thing on 'sea & rhythm', 'the creek drank the cradle' or 'our endless numbered days', it's times by ten live. Beautiful, simply beautiful.
    elliott_smith00on January 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI feel like I know who he's talking about, because it's such an adequate description of the woman I love.
    ikefoxon August 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song dearly, Iron & Wine has a lovely sound that's relaxing yet makes you think. Especially the lines, "spoken words like moonlight, you're the voice that i like." Makes me smile everytime.
    insulatedsoulon June 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey should put this song in a movie.
    kellenwrighton February 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing. so wonderful.
    breezybay11on September 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite song by Iron and Wine. Reminds me of sitting in a small cottage in New Hampshire with the log fire roaring and the snow and cold fighting to get inside. It's so minimalistic and simple but has such a depth and weight to it. Incredible
    mozza_fanon September 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentamazing guitar solo in this song
    mikeeegeeeon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like this song alot,it was one of the first iron & wine songs i heard.i made a slideshow with this song this past summer,its not that good,but you can see it here if you want to..…
    Tableforglasseson January 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI definitely agree with the whole cottage thing as of a feeling standpoint. With the warm fire crackling and the harsh cold fighting outside. Hear me out. Daddy's ghost behind you is where the mother figure thing comes into play. His mother and him are at the "cottage" together but their dad is dead. The music conveys a sense of change but a calm passive change and shows how different things are without the father. Without the father the boy just observes his mother. His love for his mother has grown 'you're the voice that I like' and he is just observing her passively and watching her emerge from the woods or the pines 'needlework and seedlings in the way you're walking' and she's walking to him from the timbers faded from the winter. To me this is hard to see what Beam is trying to convey. I think it's a man trying to describe an indescribable feeling and that someone else writing about it like this won't describe it...But you know what he's feeling when you hear the song.

    tell me what you think...let me know if this is in the ballpark.
    meanttolive123on July 09, 2008   Link

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