Eli, The Barrow Boy Lyrics - The Decemberists

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Eli, the barrow boy
Of the old town
Sells coal and marigolds
And he cries out
All down the day

Below the tamaracks
He is crying:
“Corn cobs and candle wax for the buying”
All down the day

“Would I could afford to buy my love a fine robe
Made of gold and silk Arabian thread
But she is dead and gone and lying in a pine grove
And I must push my barrow all the day
And I must push my barrow all the day”

Eli, the barrow boy
When they found him
Dressed all in corduroy
He had drowned in
The river down the way

They laid his body down in a church yard
But still when the moon is out
With his push cart
He calls down the day

“Would I could afford to buy my love a fine gown
Made of gold and silk Arabian thread
But I am dead and gone and lying in a church ground
And still I push my barrow all the day
Still I push my barrow all the day”






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Lovely tune | Reviewer: Timmy | 12/24/10

I just love the dark feel to this song. And the finish just brilliant, the townsfolk beliveing he drownd by misstake lay's the body of a suicide in the ground and on moonlit nights they can still hear his soul wander the streets pushing his barrow.



Excellent | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/17/10

I love that the Decemberists can take such a morbid theme, of a lower class kid who only wants to make his love happy even after death, yet make such beautiful music to go with it.

One of the few bands I can appreciate on a story/lyrics level and their music. This song is a great example.



eli | Reviewer: saulo elí | 5/5/09

this song is great, and i feel so connected to it, like if i was part of the whole story... i dont know if the character's just like me (trying to "push the barrow" all the day, feeling some times a little distant and gone)... or becus the guy's named like me xD i dont know but i luv this song =]



I love that song | Reviewer: Lauren | 10/11/07

The Decemberists are probably one of my favorite bands. And this is one of my favorite songs. Its a bit dark, but I find it calming. Its one of The Decemberists best songs, I think.



Eli, The Barrow Boy | Reviewer: Chrissay! | 4/18/07

When I asked for The Decemberists new cd, it was just on a whim that they would be good. As soon as I started listening to the cd, this was the first song that stuck in my mind. The storyline is a tad dark and morbid, recalling Edgar Lee Masters in his Spoon River Anthology. But the acoustic guitar is nice, and the vocals are good if a bit quiet. Overall a really amazing song.





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