Passing Afternoon Lyrics - Iron & Wine

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There are times that walk from you like some passing afternoon
Summer warmed the open window of her honeymoon
And she chose a yard to burn but the ground remembers her
Wooden spoons, her children stir her Bougainvillea blooms

There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days
Autumn blew the quilt right off the perfect bed she made
And she's chosen to believe in the hymns her mother sings
Sunday pulls its children from their piles of fallen leaves

There are sailing ships that pass all our bodies in the grass
Springtime calls her children 'till she let's them go at last
And she's chosen where to be, though she's lost her wedding ring
Somewhere near her misplaced jar of Bougainvillea seeds

There are things we can't recall, blind as night that finds us all
Winter tucks her children in, her fragile china dolls
But my hands remember hers, rolling 'round the shaded ferns
Naked arms, her secrets still like songs I'd never learned

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There are names across the sea, only now I do believe
Sometimes, with the windows closed, she'll sit and think of me
But she'll mend his tattered clothes and they'll kiss as if they know
A baby sleeps in all our bones, so scared to be alone

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great song | Reviewer: anne | 5/9/11

i don't know why or how the song was written, but i always thought it was supposed to be about a woman or parents who had a family and died. --- but the ground remembers her - she's lost her wedding ring - Winter tucks her children in - But my hands remember hers - her secrets still like songs I'd never learned - Her baby sleeps in all our bones, so scared to be alone --- that all kind of pointed towards this.conclusion. i love this song and everytime i hear it i can't help it and cry. and it's certainly not because i heard i on House. That's just how i found out about the song, just like many other people. if they feel the emotion of the song through Amber dying or just through the song itself, it really doesn't matter how we know it or why we like it. we can all say it's a beautiful song...btw sorry for my english

songs ive never learned | Reviewer: mowgli | 2/22/11

I personally enjoy when peoples reviews are in regard to the song itself. It's annoying when you go through some 40 comments in which all say "I was watching HOUSE and i cried :( " Yes it is awesome that you were brought to Sam Beam through the divine intervention that is network television, nonetheless, do you understand what this song means or why Sam wrote it as such? I can assure you it wasn't written with intent to be the season finale song in a tv show. I like the review someone posted about this being based upon a relationship coming to an end over infertility. The last lines, especially "a baby sleeps in all our bones so scared to be alone" hint towards that and the opening lines of each verse bring about the emotions of a break up or divorce.

this does seem to be a very versatile song, because although my love fell apart for different reasons, this song still brings tears to her eyes when she hears me play it.

Amazing Song | Reviewer: Beth | 11/24/10

As a practicing music therapist, I find this song to be an amazing addition to the songs that I use with my clients. Lyrically rich, it gets people talking, thinking, even arguing, and all of these are positive to have happen in a therapeutic setting. On a personal note, this song ALWAYS makes me cry when I hear it at the end of the House episode where I first heard it. I became a huge Iron & Wine the day I first heard this song.

dear arrogant fans, | Reviewer: rhiannon | 4/26/10

first i want to say what an amazing song this is. its one of my favs from iron and wine.
secondly theres something i have to say because i see to much of it around music websites. and its so annoying.
sam beam is an amazing and way underappreciated artist. im glad that his music is reaching a broader audience. the more fans the better.
and so what if someone only likes one or two songs? they can still be legitimate fans of iron and wine. there are some artists that i only listen to a couple of their songs. i dont have time to listen to the discography of every artist ive ever listened to just so i can be considered a "real" fan.
also who cares how long youve followed a particular artist. it annoys me so much that some people feel they must validate their opinion by stating how long theyve been a fan.
everyone needs to stop crucifying people just because they dont know the artist as well as others. theyre just here to appreciate the music, just like you. so let them. and no youre not better than someone else because youve followed sam beam forever and someone else got the song from twilight.just give people the same respect that you desire. everyone has a right to enjoy music. sorry i went on so long.

peace be with you

Meanings? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/26/10

Man and woman marry, but find they are unable to have children. This causes up a great conflict fueled by her mother's religious belief that childlesness is God's punishment for their union.

She divorces him because of this and to both their eventual regret. She later discovers that she, not he, is sterile.

She has remarried, but they both reflect that the reasons for their divorce served neither, and that her second marriage is nothing more than avoiding loneliness.

He reflects that he can't really say that their marriage was anything more.

in response to anonymous poster 2/28/10 | Reviewer: Indy Musician | 3/27/10

I'm not certain you fully understand what they are talking about. As an independent artist and supporter of the arts, its always great to hear that someone who deserves recognition is finally recieving it. I've followed Sam Beam for about three years now, and I own his discography (all I can get my hands on anyways). Needless to say, I was very happy for him when he started gaining popularity.

In saying that, what aggrivates me is not that other people started enjoying his music, its that, in most cases, the only recognition he gets is for the one or two songs that in my opinion aren't even his greatest. If you only have those two songs on your ipod and say you listen to Iron and Wine, that is aggrivating. If what you heard inspired you to look deeper into Iron and Wine, I'm happy for you and i hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

and since this is for reveiw of the song, its great.

So good | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/10

Love this song. Might be one of the most powerful, well written songs I've ever heard.

I think part of the power is that this song can mean different things to different people - BUT - the more I listen and the more I read over the lyrics, I get a sense that it might be about a woman with Alzheimer's.

Endless, Numbered Days - probably the three truest words anyone could use to describe life. Hmmm.

ff | Reviewer: samuel | 3/4/10

this is a beautiful song but can somebody tell me wat it exactly means? i mean i know its about lost love n all. i still love it though i dont completely understand it. i dont understand all of his metafors.

Who cares? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/10

I think it's really funny how butt hurt all you people get about the people who like his music that got it from house or twighlight. It's like, just because they heard of him through a "main stream" outlet you feel that this somehow cheapens their appreciation. So, it's okay for you to like Sam Beam but other people aren't aloud to because...because..why? Are the people who started liking him after they watched Garden State okay because that is an artsy and sensitive film? Or are they not allowed to like him either? Figures that the people who glorify individualism, personal creativity, and all that crap feel threatened by others who appreciate the same thing. I suggest you all get over yourselves and just like whatever you want to regardless of who else does or why or how.

For the record, I enjoy his music very much and it's great that the beauty of it is not lost on anyone posting in these forums. It is also great that his music is being spread further through outlets like House and Twighlight.

Check out first album, but don't feel bad if you haven't yet. | Reviewer: RealDeal | 1/29/10

This song is truly amazing. Very reminiscent of "Muddy Hymnal" off his first album structure-wise. I don't watch House or Twilight but I caught "Upward Over the Mountain" on Pandora about a year ago somehow, and all of this guy's music has since been a staple in my listening repertoire. That being said, I'm typically pretty cynical when it comes to song lyrics, but if you can listen to this particular song, and not be reminded of some lost love in your own life, then you sir (or madam) have no heart.

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