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Iron & Wine Upward Over The Mountain Lyrics

Last updated: 10/09/2013 08:19:37 AM

Mother don't worry, I killed the last snake that lived in the creek bed
Mother don't worry, I've got some money I saved for the weekend
Mother remember being so stern with that girl who was with me?
Mother remember the blink of an eye when I breathed through your body?

So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons are like birds, flying upward over the mountain

Mother I made it up from the bruise on the floor of this prison
Mother I lost it, all of the fear of the Lord I was given
Mother forget me now that the creek drank the cradle you sang to
Mother forgive me, I sold your car for the shoes that I gave you

So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons could be birds, taken broken up to the mountain

Mother don't worry, I've got a coat and some friends on the corner
Mother don't worry, she's got a garden we're planting together
Mother remember the night that the dog had her pups in the pantry?
Blood on the floor, fleas on their paws,
And you cried 'til the morning

So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons are like birds, flying always over the mountain




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A mother never stops hearing the birds sing, a golden heart stopped beating and my heart is forever broken | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/9/13

tears tears my son died Christmas day 2010... this song touches on his life in so many ways... i did find him on the floor of his home .... he was a prisoner of cancer 29 years young

Crying | Reviewer: Pam | 3/17/13

This song just makes me so sad to think about everything my mom put into my childhood and how hard she works and loves me endlessly. It just makes me think of how I'm not her little girl anymore and how I can never fully repay her for all she has done.

WONDERFUL! | Reviewer: kim | 1/17/12

omg girl i frekin love these songs girlfriend wonderful it really touched me it almost made me cry, but my mom and dad did not die thtey just separated. well any ways its wonderful you should publish this sooooooooooooo touching!

I love my mother | Reviewer: Micka | 6/24/11

Each time I hear this song, each time I hear those words in my mind, I cry. My mother died one year ago and I never got to say goodbye. This song reminds me of the great times I had with my mother; she was a beautiful kind and wise woman. She gave everything for me, her only daughter. I love her and miss her so much Im crying right now. Its just too hard to live without a mother! to each reader: please love your mother and dont let an idiotic fight ruin your friendship. Always give everything for her because shes giving everything for you. Go and hug her now, because you never know when will be your last hug

love | Reviewer: valeria | 6/22/11

I listened to this song for the first time today and have loved Iron and Wine for 2 years now. I felt emotionally overwhemled because my mother and I don't have the best relationship. We actually got into a big fight today because we don't understand each other at all. My mother can be emotionally manipulative towards me, and cold. My father passed away from cancer 2 years ago and she says I wish she'd have gone instead. That's not true. I love my mother. Even through everything. When I grow up though I want to be this mother, one to depend upon, one that will breathe through you.

it was the light that carried you | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/21/11

My mother and i had a harsh relationship. I looked up to her and often she turned away from me. I was ignored for several years but i never gave up on her. I held onto her as long as i could until one day we talked. She apologized to me... she let me in, and i knew then that she never gave up on me. Our relationship now is stronger than before. "Mother remember the night that the dog had her pups in the pantry? Blood on the floor, fleas on their paws and you cried til the morning." This line reminds me of my mother when my siblings and i were young. Blood on the floor, fleas on their paws reminds me of her having to fight to keep us. She never gave up on us. This song speaks a lot of truth when it comes to mother/child relationships. One of the best songs i have heard in quite some time.

M'y mom | Reviewer: Mickey | 4/29/11

I think of my mother whenever i listen to this song. She is possessive and cruel whenever she cant get what she wants. She has been stern with the girl who was with me, i am 20 and had to leave the house cause she wanted me out, and what almost makes me cry is what Sam says to his mother: i ve got some money i saved for the weekend, friands on the corner.. That s what i d tell my mother if she wanted only to talk: i m never getting back but know that i m ok mom. I am so sad and tired of that. I wish she was able to talk and not to shout... Mothers dont EVER do that. It has broken my family

touched | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/18/11

i also think this song is absolutely brilliant.... and so ambiguous. however i dont immediately share the optimism that others are expressing. maybe i'm wrong, but i sense he is lamenting his mother. he's had to struggle to free himself of her 'prison' and he is now hoping that he can build a better relationship with her.

Mother to two little boys | Reviewer: Lindsey | 1/21/11

I would have never understood nor appreciated the beauty of this song until I was a mother myself. I now am and to two little boys at that. This song touches my heart everytime. The biggest part being "Mother remember the blink of an eye when I breathed through your body?"
For a moment in time my sons were breathing in my body, through me and I gave birth to them. To be their mother and them grow to be men on this earth. I only hope one day when they are men, they feel for me in this way. I will be and always try to be the best mother I possibly can and there will never be a day "mother won't worry".


so appropriate | Reviewer: anonymous | 10/6/10

my 29 year old son died unexpectedly this summer. his 32 year old brother asked me to listen to this song. i absolutely loved it! we had it played at his funeral services. i am certain my precious son would have approved of this selection to honor his memory.

Spirituality | Reviewer: Michael LaGattuta | 8/11/10

One of the reasons this music speaks to so many people is because it is alive to deep patterns of human unfolding.

There are various levels of complexity we could analyze these lyrics through. For instance, we could take this all literally, in which case he is singing to his actual mother and is speaking in terms of things that actually happened.

At a spiritual or transpersonal level we could also see that these lyrics speak to "Mother" as in feminine energy of Life.

Lyrics like this speak to spiritual awakening:
"Mother I made it up from the bruise on the floor of this prison
Mother I lost it, all of the fear of the Lord I was given "

Prison being a metaphor for living in ignorance of our truth as Being itself. "Lord" as in complete emptiness, or the death which is at once experiences as a terror and in an instant becomes complete freedom. Freedom through surrender into everything which is bigger and more expansive than what you take to be "me" and "mine" things which are destined to perish.

This song touches on the way Infinity is this very moment the background to the foreground of life and finite existence.

"Mother remember the blink of an eye when I breathed through your body?"

Instantaneously and eternally this moment right now. The body of which if your existence. Being = Mother.

Of course, all the other levels can and do subsist within this larger meta-frame, thats whats so beautiful about this. If you look into more of his lyrics, you will see the same themes jump up again and again, and because of their inherent depth, people flock to them and can pick which meaning they take away from it.

Beautiful stuff.


The raw emotion... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/29/10

I don't know what it is about Iron and Wine's music that makes me wonder so much. I mean it is so intimate...like you can feel the raw emotion behind it all. And I find myself experiencing what he might feel singing this. The simplicity is just so beautiful...not like other music today, where it's all technologically enhanced. I think that's why people connect with his music so much...it reminds them of a simpler time; it certainly does that for me. All I can say is that he's a wonderful artist.

amazingly. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/6/10

It's amazing to me how someone can put so much love, and honesty to everything they write. Sam Beam has a beautiful mind, this song is proof. I could listen to it over and over and never get tired of it, as with all of the songs he writes. With that said, I love you, momma.

not my mother | Reviewer: julianne rose | 3/10/10

this song makes me constantly clench the ball in my throat so it wont break and pour out all over my cheeks, but my mother hasnt been wonderful to me. she's manipulative and cruel, but she has showed me how horrible a parent can be. and with that comes the beauty of what a mother could be. i cry for this song because i do not have a mother, but one day i will be what you all see in your mothers for my children. i think about how my children may love me one day and i cry for this song.

An unpayable debt.... | Reviewer: Sean | 12/18/09

"Mother forgive me, I sold your car for the shoes that I gave you "

My favorite line of the song, a song I hope to dance to with my mother at my wedding. My mother has given me everything, and I can never repay her. With the "car" she has given me, at best all I can give her is some shoes.....