We came down to the shore
Always some desperate people there
Anywhere people congregate for pleasure
They'll go hunting for treasure
Come one, come all, fortune-seeking brothers
Pick up the faint, faint scent
Of the faith of our fathers
Their names were known once to me
I hear them sometimes on the Song of the Sea

Take note of what will be gone
In the blink of an eye
The blue, blue water
The bone-white sky

You can set your watch by these guys
We will be high on the highway
Before they've even opened their eyes
Picture them scouring the sanctuary
Looking for gold
It never gets old

But there is no gold and there is no silver
And the South takes what the North delivers
Reverse the circuit sometimes
Every couple seasons
Remember our grandfathers
Whenever we need a reason

Take note of what will be gone
In the blink of an eye
The blue, blue water
The bone-white sky

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"Going to Lebanon 2" as written by John Darnielle


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    General Commentahhh i'm going to lebanon soon and this is the FIRST song i will listen to when i get on the plane.

    idk if this is even actually about lebanon, but...i always link this to all the wars that have been fought there... i always feel like this is about the narrator watching his love being shot/killed in front of him.

    - cedars are lebanons national tree (its their flag)
    - 'i heard the city call/they can go on burning' could be beirut or some city being bombed...and then ppl sitting safe in the trees in the mountains above
    - 'i heard you say my name twice through your teeth/i saw you coming down to me/its been coming for some time' i always picture someone running to safety but then something happening, and their sash blowing away.

    well...yeah. i discovered this song while reading a book about the civil war there (although im a huge mg fan)...and im showing my nerdiness do ill stop now : )
    danielleyvetteon April 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentalmost seems like it's about a flood.
    blueoftheskyon July 25, 2007   Link

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