"Northern Winds" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn, Steve Mark Pedersen and Clint Frederick Schnase....
Northern winds came whistling through evergreens
Like trains
One temper broods until a temperature breaks
And blooms, smashing and tearing what we've worked toward
One hand will break what the other hand builds
Board the windows up, keep the cellar locked
We'll feign restraint until it's over and settled
Our wills are just as strong as the walls we built for them
I won't rebuild what I have crumbled
I'm tired

What is faith, it's been replaced by insurance policies
Once one thing breaks just have it replaced
Like faith, once whistled through the trees
Now so still
One hand will break what the other hand builds

Board the windows up, keep the cellar locked
You never know when little fevers could flare up
For ever day it's calm, there must be be something brewing
There's always something storming through these evergreens
Like trains

Northern winds came
Northern winds came
And burning down our wills

Lyrics submitted by jephque

"Northern Winds" as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

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    General Commentim suprised that no one else has written anything about this song. the only reason i signed up is so that i could write what this song means to me.

    at first i thought that the song meant that the writer works his way up in life and then makes bad choices in some way and falls back down, and this continues. but after listening to it a little more, i think it could do with shit going wrong in life. i think the writter uses 'Northern winds' and 'fevers could flare up' as small examples of all the shit that can go wrong in life.

    i think it could be a mixture of the two.

    if anyone wants to email me about it ... SBTlauien@yahoo.com
    SBTlauienon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit's really like
    you work for all the things in life
    but your actions and thoughts can easily counteract all the good you do
    and you only have so much energy to continue like that
    and i also think it has a hint of
    [life is pointless]
    basically, he's feeling apathetic
    a new feeling for tim?
    klsotson November 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI actually really don't know about this one...
    killstaron May 31, 2004   Link
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    General Commentkisots is on point with this one. But I must say, I always see rock songs pertaining to a woman. I believe that Tim is talking about building a relationship and foundation with a woman. "Northern winds" can be anything that comes in their way to help tear their "house" down. Be it other men, other women, finances, boredom, etc. And Tim is saying that as much as we wants to keep "building" and rebuilding the foundation with his woman, after so much patching up he feels like saying fuck it.
    Jericho27on October 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOh and with the faith and insurance policies part, I believe he's being cynical with today's society's thinking of how when something's broken instead of fixing it we just replace it. I'm sure he's saying that he never really believed in that way of thinking until now.
    Jericho27on October 19, 2012   Link

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