Oh, Lou- I'd like to let you know that I do not feel welcome.
All the birds, the trees, the falling snow
No they were not made for me.
And though this is where her heart resides we met in California
She saw a city's promise reaching through my eyes
And she turned herself away

Well, how I curse that western skyline
And yet I thank it for my start
But oh Lou, though my dreams did not come true; no they only came apart

So I followed her here to Birmingham, where the soil is so much richer
And though my aching pride might guide my hand, she did not ask for me to come
So now I wait for her all through the day, as if I wait for her surrender
And every time I get her to look my way, she says I'm not where I belong

But I watch her father preach on Sundays
I know the hymnals all by heart
But oh, Lou, though my dreams did not come true; no they only came apart

Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh
Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh
Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh
Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh

Oh the snowfall this time of year, it's not what Birmingham is used to
I get the feeling that I brought it here, and now I'm taking it away
So let's share one more drink together, before I go reload my cart
But oh, Lou, no my dreams did not come true — no they only came apart

Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh
Take me ho—
Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh —ome.
Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh
Ohhhh, oh oh oh oh

Lyrics submitted by blueisthecolor8, edited by MadsCH

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  • +2
    General CommentThe correct lyric is

    But I watch her father preach on Sundays.
    I know the hymnals all by heart.
    YouKnowStuffon April 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno my dreams did not come true - no they came only apart.

    an amazingly simple but real line. fantastic song.
    livinon August 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is beautiful.
    iamcharlatanon November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the two lyric corrections above - "no my dreams" and "I know the hymnals". At least that's how I hear the words.

    But also, as a life-long Birmingham resident, there are two things that stick out in this song to me...

    First, the idea of snowfall in Birmingham. It's such a weird moment, this city shuts down when that happens. Secondly is the two references to "Lou" as though this is a story being told to someone named Lou. There's a prominent and historic bar in one of the downtown districts called "Lou's Pub and Package" It's one of two bars in town that (through being grand-fathered in) sells bottles of liquor on the premises. though Lou died in 2008, it makes me think that whoever wrote this song spent some time here. These two ideas are so oddly and specifically relevant.

    But then again, the contrarian view, the line about "where the soil is so much richer"... Yeah, Birmingham is built upon what's known as Alabama Red Clay. It isn't exactly rich or friendly to growing jack squat. If you want rich soil, go about 80 miles south - below Montgomery.

    All the same, this is great album and this is a great opener. Dawes is this perfect mix of Avett Brothers, Kings of Leon, and a heavy splash of Bob Seger. I completely love the throwback sound of this entire album.
    MrTitoon September 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso as a long time Ham-ian. Snow fall in birmingham, that line. Brilliant. Anyone whos from the Ham will instantly understand this line. this song is simply amazing. but for its meaning... i think its just simply what hes saying, hes following a girl from cali back to the ham, and it didnt seem to work out. Amazingly sung song. love this band.

    ps. as for the soil line mrtito, i think its more along the lines of him talking about the feeling of birmingham, not so much the soil. i think its more of a metaphor then a actual term.
    cromeo8294on March 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI was very unaware how much i'm next to Lou's pub and package, its in the heart of the bars and night life here. Crazy to think about, wonder who wrote the song.
    cromeo8294on January 06, 2012   Link

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