Naked As We Came Lyrics - Iron & Wine
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She says "wake up, it's no use pretending"
I'll keep stealing, breathing her.
Birds are leaving over autumn's ending
One of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open, naked as we came
One will spread our ashes 'round the yard
She says "If I leave before you, darling
Don't you waste me in the ground"
I lay smiling like our sleeping children
One of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open, naked as we came
One will spread our ashes round the yard
Writer: BEAM, SAMUEL ERVIN
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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Pure ... | Reviewer: Sarah | 4/24/13
I loved the song the moment I heard it, but only heard it about a year ago, he is new to my musical collection. To the one who said they had just lost their boyfriend, and that this was a message, believe it. When my loved one passed 9 years ago, there were messages everywhere :-) ... and often came in songs. This song is so pure, about pure love. Reminded me of my own love. There was a joke, between us, that someone would find us, one day, a couple of skeletons, maybe charred bones, underneath the sheets in the bed. One of us will die inside these arms... I can get that, feel that... they loved each other so much that they weer always inside "these arms"... making their arms, together, as one set of arms... an entity unto itself, as ONE-ness makes them complete. The only thing I did not get was the video... I believe it's the official video... I loved all the objects and the effect of looking through the beautifully illuminated colorful glass objects... and the water drops... but didn't quite get the ants... unless it was trying to indicate that they had left the picnic... maybe one had died... but the beauty and symbols of their youth and lives remained... but the ants... could that have meant the ants would devour the remains? The ashes? And yes, Naked... as from the beginning...
Sam and religion | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/1/11
I love the man and his music, and so was compelled to clarify for the person who said "Sam loves Jesus." There's a number of interviews where Sam talks about his relationship with faith. I offer this just for clarification, not as anything pro or anti religion. I think one of the things that makes his music wonderful is his use of ethereal imagery, religious and otherwise.
"Raised in the Bible belt but no longer a Christian, Beam is preoccupied by the key rite of passage, or perspective shift, that was his loss of religious faith. "That was a confusing time for me, but I don't miss being misled," he says. "I'm not an atheist. There's an undeniable unseen world that some people call God and think they know more about than other people. I try not to get hung up on the names."
the great Artist | Reviewer: anonymous | 7/4/11
In response to the reviews, I agree that this is an incredible, exceptional song. It is amazing how certain works of art can touch each of us so differently and resonate so powerfully within us. I think it's important to respect the feelings and opinions of others, regardless of whether they believe in a higher power or not. I can understand the reviewer thanking God (although it may have just been an expression of speech) because the first time I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art I realized why they have seating in the galleries. Sometimes it just feels as if the artist connected with something beyond his or her mere humanness...it's too moving, too beautiful, and too much for us at times...so we sit and try to take it in. When I listen to Naked As We Came or enjoy any work of art I feel more connected to God, who, when I enjoy the natural beauty (art) of this world, consider to be the ultimate artist. It just make sense to me that when I hear something as moving as this song I want to thank him right along with Sam Beam.
friendship is narcisistic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/5/11
who is anyone to say what art is to another, or if "god" exists, or who a stranger would credit something to? the concept of this song is taken from the philosophy of "deconstruction" and the responsibility of friendship by jaques derrida. derrida being a 20th century philosopher, post nietzsche and nihilism, means that he doesnt believe in god or believes that god is dead. so your religion is out the window in this one..
you spellt pish wrong, i assume you were describing your argument | Reviewer: robert | 3/28/11
art is man's interpretation of what is around him. if man paints the hoover dam he has made art but what he interpreted was man-made. if he paints a hillside it is art based on his interpretation of the beauty and wonder of science. if sam wants to misplace credit then thats up to him but he created the beautiful song. he is the be all and end all. if you can simply transfer credit to another entity then his parents, and their parents, and their parents, repeat ad nauseum, all deserve credit for their part. dont be ridiculous
psh | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/18/11
art is not man made. its man organizing what is around himself into art. to MAKE something, literally, means to create it from nothing. Sorry, but Sam loves Jesus and would give Him credit for this song as he should.
untitled | Reviewer: robert | 3/9/11
surprised, well not surprised really but perplexed, at whoever said thank god for this song. dont thank god, thank sam beam, its from his head and heart whence this gem came. as with any beautiful MAN-MADE art
Brilliant | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/21/11
This song encompasses so much about the passion of life and its perceived purpose. It is such a seemingly simple perspective but there is a profoundness in it unmatched in any other song. The ideas of life and love are beautifully epitomized by Sam Beam's voice. There are really no words to describe the tumult of emotions that arise from listening to this art.
Sam Beam Live | Reviewer: Tom in Ann Arbor | 1/11/11
Sam Beam was the headliner at Ann Arbor's Folk Festival last year. The Folk Festival has quite a storied history, as many of you may know. He played solo acoustic, and was last on the bill Friday night, opening with this song. Both my daughter and I were immediately transfixed, feeling that he was head and shoulders above everyone else on the great bill for the evening. He has a strong and clear singing voice, which was a surprise to me given how his voice is often mixed down low and muddy on his albums. This song brings tears to my eyes, it is so beautiful.
natural | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/1/10
i think "eyes wide open" is the self-realization of how natural we are as energies in the form of bio-life. we die the same way we're born. with nothing. as nothing. & the blink we call "life" is that much more beautiful when you realize the rarity of life in itself, let alone love.
beautiful... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/5/10
i listened to this song and i can't stop. It just reminds me the beauty of love and how its everlasting...the way they both don't want to live without the other because they both are eachother's halves. Its so comforting and beautiful...i love how he doesn't want her to feel pain when he dies, but rather still find love and joy. This unending love just moved me so much. The concept of this nakedness just reminds me of the vulnerability that comes with love, but also its true and genuine nature...there is so much to this song--the perfect embodiment of all beautiful and all that is love.
naked as we came | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/1/10
i lost my boyfriend this year......its so painfull i dont know how il ever get over ths.i didnt know i had this song in my ipod till now i was looking for another song then i played this one accidentaly..m glad i came accroas it.its so comforting im smilin between my tears because somehow i know he's in a better place.and its as if he's tryn to tell me to just be okay even m goin to the place that he is soon enough'eyes wide open,naked as we came'
brilliant song.....i want buy the whole album if it has more songs like ths.
Kenesha Nicole | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/27/10
Wow. Came across this song in a movie. It stirred my soul . . . reminded my why I became a musician. This feeling I have right now, this is what music is supposed to do. Excellent song. Thank God for truly good songs. Thank God.
beautiful | Reviewer: Harrison | 1/1/10
this song gives me chills, and the lyrics only multiply that effect. As they hold on to one another, you can only imagine what they are thinking. I'd love to think that they were hoping the other would die before them, so that the other person wouldn't have to die alone.
TOL | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/16/09
My best friend died the day before yesterday. I did not even realize the symbolic meaning behind the words. I listen to the song because it has a depressingly beautiful melody to it. I have been listening this song for a year and never knew what it meant to me. Its poetry is moving. I smilebecause I know where his soul is. Namaste Timmy now and forever....
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