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Iron & Wine Free Until They Cut Me Down Lyrics

Last updated: 03/30/2011 11:00:00 AM

When the men take me to the devil tree
I will be free and shining like before
Papa don’t tell me what I should’ve done
She’s the one, She's the one who begged me
"Take me . . . Take me home"

When the wind wraps me like the reaper’s hand
I will swing free until they cut me down
Papa don’t tell me what I could’ve done
She's the one, She's the one who begged me
"Take me . . . Take me home"

When the sea takes me like my mother’s arms
I will breathe free as any word of God
Papa don’t tell me what you would’ve done
She's the one, She's the one who begged me
"Take me . . . Take me home"

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oh my god its not rape | Reviewer: rain | 3/29/11

she (eve) begged him to take her home by eating the apple from the devil tree. papa (god) dont tell me what I could have done, when the wind (harsh climate outside of eden) wraps me like the reapers hand, I will be free, free until they cut me down when the sea (death) takes me like my mothers arms (birth), I will be free, free until they cut me down, papa dont tell me what you would have done, shes the one who begged me, begged me to take her home

additionally, a second meaning of take her home could refer to extramartial sex, also known for being associated with the devil, I'm confused how anyone got rape, and there is no mention of race whatsoever in the song, but I agree it could have to do with interacial sex and a lynching, that would be my second guess, although this guy writes alot of songs about god being wrong (see boy with a coin)



hmmmm | Reviewer: Emily | 8/25/10

I think this is about a forbidden love between an African American man and a white woman that took place possibly during the great depression. the devil tree has to be a reference to a tree where blacks were lynched, and the swinging is another reference.



My thoughts | Reviewer: Jessica | 12/25/09

I agree with logan, except I don't perceive it as a young girl. I envision it as two people who had a forbidden relationship, a black man and a white woman, and that he is being punished for their love affair. He is saying that he followed his heart and that he'll be set free when he is hanged for this "crime."

I love this song.



or... | Reviewer: Jocelyn | 10/29/09

I think its about a guy who raped a girl because they were in the moment, or so he thought. Even though he doesn't feel like he did anything wrong everybody and/or his dad think hes guilty. Hes saying that when he dies itll be okay because he didnt do wrong,he wont be punished in the afterlife.



Love it | Reviewer: logan | 8/7/09

I'd assume this is an old timey song about a man is responsible for the death of a young girl...and for it is being hung by the devil tree... possibly about a slave or black male with the death of a white girl... during the age of stupidity.... "swing free until they cut me down..."