"Promise What You Will" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Lately she don't care
For a warmer breeze
Or shade around the base
Of the maple trees
Spring was on the mountain
We climbed upon
Stopped to see how high
And how far we'd gone

I said, 'love is waiting
And better days'
She smiled and placed a kiss
On my waiting face
Promise what you will
Something good for me
Time will take it all
And it will, you'll see

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"Promise What You Will" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentGod this song is beautiful.
    So bittersweet..
    plastic jesuson October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautifully artful song. The imagery is glorious as well as the story told. One can see the interplay of love and time placed against the backdrop of a metaphorical nature. "Time will take it all and it will, you'll see," despite the love he promises.

    An example of the imagery is the mountain that represents their relationship in the first verse.

    I just love Iron and Wine's sound.
    crazzycoalaon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIron and Wine's sound is just so amazingly original. The fact that their lyrics are so beautiful just makes the songs so much better.
    laurengrc08on March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIndeed, a brilliant little song.

    I read it as a commentary on new and exciting relationships, and how they often move quickly at first and how infatuation is so very often mistaken for love and as a result plans and promises are made, only to fall apart at the hands of time when infatuation fails.
    photoheathenon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis always makes me sigh. i think theres something to be said that they're on top of this mountain that has weathered thousands of years, and theyre about to embark on this beautiful but tragically fleeting relationship in face of such eternity.

    time will take it all and it will, you see.
    danielleyvetteon September 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentcrazzycoalla.... A far too beautiful song to be cheapen by your heavyhanded words. But, we all have different opinions, It means What it means to ourselves. Alas we all agree..... Iron & wine is the author of the best songs ever heard.
    manuelturcioson September 17, 2007   Link

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