All my fingers ran off
And I just couldn't follow them
Your eyelash was an island
And your eyes were someone's friend
How could that have been
Well I heard it was a real sweet thing

Now when my smells grew some new smells
And I just couldn't smell them all
I smell my sister in the winter
And my father in the fall
Cross sand and snow
A tired moan

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"An Island" as written by Devendra Banhart

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    General Commenti think that the first half of the song is about looking into someones eyes and becoming so enveloped in the moment that it feels like you left your own body(fingers ran off, couldnt follow them). im not sure about the second half.
    foleychr000on December 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I smell my sister in the winter
    And my father in the fall
    Cross sand and snow"
    I think that's about how different scents will remind you of certain things, and the scents he smells in winter, maybe things that remind him of Christmas, remind him of his sister (snow). And the scents of fall remind him of his dad (sand).
    punkybreesteron July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about transending into the world(Hopefully that makes sence. Where, "your eyelash was an island, and your eye was someones friend". The idea that everything was something before it was something else; or simply reincarnation. As far as, "I smell my sister in the winter and my father in the fall", this is probably about nature rather than actuall people. We all were grown from the earth, therefor we are all family.

    Devendra is a psychedelic Guru.
    Thefishfromindiaon December 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSounds like acid
    cocoabeanon August 10, 2009   Link

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