The Trapeze Swinger Lyrics - Iron & Wine
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Please remember me, happily
By the rosebush laughing
With bruises on my chin, the time when
We counted every black car passing
Your house beneath the hill and up until
Someone caught us in the kitchen
With maps, a mountain range, a piggy bank
A vision too removed to mention
But please remember me, fondly
I heard from someone you're still pretty
And then they went on to say that the Pearly Gates
Had such eloquent graffiti
Like 'We'll meet again' and 'Fuck the man'
And 'Tell my mother not to worry'
And angels with their great handshakes
But always done in such a hurry
sponsored linksAnd please remember me, at Halloween
Making fools of all the neighbors
Our faces painted white, by midnight
We'd forgotten one another
And when the morning came I was ashamed
Only now it seems so silly
That season left the world and then returned
And now you're lit up by the city
So please remember me, mistakenly
In the window of the tallest tower
Call, then pass us by but much too high
To see the empty road at happy hour
Gleam and resonate just like the gates
Around the Holy Kingdom
With words like, 'Lost and found' and 'Don't look down'
And 'Someone save temptation'
And please remember me as in the dream
We had as rug burned babies
Among the fallen trees and fast asleep
Beside the lions and the ladies
That called you what you like and even might
Give a gift for your behavior
A fleeting chance to see a trapeze
Swinger high as any savior
But please remember me, my misery
And how it lost me all I wanted
Those dogs that love the rain and chasing trains
The colored birds above their running
In circles round the well and where it spells
On the wall behind St. Peter
So bright on cinder gray in spray paint
'Who the hell can see forever?'
And please remember me, seldomly
In the car behind the carnival
My hand between your knees, you turn from me
And said the trapeze act was wonderful
But never meant to last, the clowns that passed
Saw me just come up with anger
When it filled with circus dogs, the parking lot
Had an element of danger
So please remember me, finally
And all my uphill clawing
My dear, but if I make the Pearly Gates
I'll do my best to make a drawing
Of God and Lucifer, a boy and girl
An angel kissin' on a sinner
A monkey and a man, a marching band
All around the frightened trapeze swinger
Nah nah nah
Nah nah nah
Nah nah nah
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amazing | Reviewer: anonymous | 12/5/12
The part where he says he is in the window of the tallest tower has to be the most meaningful to me because it reminds me of 9/11 and it made me realize the meaning of the song. He has passed in 9/11 and is asking his loved one to remember him. Beautiful and very meaningful song and it is so sad but I love it.
The Trapeze Swinger | Reviewer: grace | 2/19/12
I first heard this song in a movie. I had to wait to see the cast to see who sang this song. And then downloaded it. Oh! It is such a nice song. You only want to hear it in a place with no noise so that you concentrate listening to the stanzas. It is one of the nicest songs I have heard for a long time.........
We'll meet again. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/5/10
I have heard this song a million times, as has my boyfriend... It's one of my favorite Iron & Wine songs, because it is beautiful, musically. But the other day while driving around, the meaning of the song hit us both for the first time... and we both cried. I think we were meant to have that experience together. This song is incredibly moving in all the right ways.
... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/28/10
i feel like talking about the lyrics alone does not serve this song any justice. i think the very best part of this song is how the music seems to flow from verse to verse like a trapeze artist flying from one swing to the next...
Tell my mother not to worry. | Reviewer: Michael Malinoff | 6/28/10
A friend of mine told me to listen to this song months back and I didn't really get the point. It never really hit home, it was just a beautiful song. I'm trying to put words to what I think Sam's trying to say, but I just can't do it. I understand, but I can't form the right words. I guess you'll just have to experience it, then listen to this song.
syntax | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/20/08
the lyrics are also well written in a poetic sense. everything is refering to the other remembering him, until the end when he will remember her and graffiti the gates of heaven with thier memories. it's very well balanced.
Phenomenal | Reviewer: Evangelina | 11/26/08
I adore this song. It's sound. It's lyrics. Absolutely brilliant. I love the image of the Gates of Heaven having graffiti (and what the graffiti reads).
My favorite part has to be:
"if i make the Pearly Gates
i’ll do my best to make a drawing
of God and Lucifer, a boy and girl
an angel kissin’ on a sinner
a monkey and a man, a marching band
all around the frightened trapeze-swinger"
Paid 10 bucks for this song | Reviewer: Shema Bema | 11/23/08
I looked this song up and it was album only on itunes, so I bought the whole album for it. Maybe I just did it cuz I was stoned at the time but I still think it's totally worth the 10 bucks I paid.
aesthetic | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/15/08
He kinda flips the script with this one. instead of saying he's going to remember the lost one, he's telling the lost one to remember him. and i love the line about the graffiti. he really gets crazy with it, because first of all who would ever think of the Pearly Gates as having graffiti on them, let alone describing the graffiti as "eloquent". BRILLIANT!!!
amazing | Reviewer: jason | 9/12/08
i think he wrote this song so anyone can relate to it because he just goes through so many experiences. i personnaly relate to 2 of the verses with my 1st love and with my second love 3 of the verses really hit home i mean this was ingenious idea it really does make you remember one of you guys said you smiled and cried the first time you heard it dude so did i that was kinda weird but yeah the song is meant to be taken how you take it it effects everybody on different levels
I am amazed. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/08
This song is.. simply phenomenal. I don't even know how I heard about it, but I did and now it is creeping to the top of my list of favorites. I get chills every time I hear it, and I get something new from it whenever I listen to it. Sam Beam is fantastic, Iron & Wine is one of my favorite bands and this is a superb song. It's just.. beautiful. Indescribable beauty.
i was meant to hear this song when i did | Reviewer: bbbbggg | 8/3/08
i was going through a painful experience im sure many others can relate to,the girl i loved was leaving for school, i was never to see her again,and she was getting back with her ex anyway because that was her big plan,but i will always remember nights where we just sat in her bed and discussed life,or listened to deathcab and just smiled at eachother,she left and she showed me this song a few minutes before i dropped her off at the bus station,i will always remember the smile on her face before she said goodbye,and i said thank you,this song has truly changed my perspective on life
Absolute tripper | Reviewer: Max | 2/18/08
Keeps you sedated anytime you hear it.
Makes you remember all the times you want to be there which you have missed out. Painstaking as it may seem, it gives you an inept idea what everyone has gone thru at some time or the other. Cant stop going into oblivion every time I listen to hit.
it does what music is meant to do | Reviewer: Amy | 1/9/08
it is so difficult to describe higher human values without reducing them to empty cliches. i mean, what words can adequately describe the experience of love or death... ...how do i express what it is was like to lose the person i loved the most? when i heard this song i found myself smiling with tears streaming down my face because it conveyed the essence of my internal experience.
i really like some of the interpretations that have been posted here and i agree that mr. beam is an exceptionally talented artist. for me, this song is an expression of the universal experience of death and loss. and for me, both lyrically and musically, this song mirrors the distance that the passage of time wedges between ourselves and those we've lost. memories fade. pain lessens. we move on. it's bittersweet but its also called healing.
hearing this song, i came face to face with what actually endures beyond death. this song allows me to remember.
Absolutely Beautiful | Reviewer: Maggie Haughey | 11/26/07
I love this song. I can listen to it hundreds of times in a row without getting tired of it. The lyrics are so deep and rich, and the musical acompaniment is so perfect. I listen to it while I go to sleep every night. I've known it for about 2 years now, and I'm just now realizing how badly I need to share it with my friends.
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