The Decemberists The Crane Wife 1 & 2 Lyrics

The Crane Wife Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 The Crane Wife 3
  • 2 The Island: Come and See / The Landlord’s Daughter / You’ll Not Feel the Drowning
  • 3 Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
  • 4 O Valencia!
  • 5 The Perfect Crime #2
  • 6 When the War Came
  • 7 Shankill Butchers
  • 8 Summersong
  • 9 The Crane Wife 1 & 2
  • 10 Sons & Daughters
  • [1]

    It was a cold night
    And the snow lay low
    I pulled my coat tight
    Against the falling down
    And the sun was all
    And the sun was all down
    And the sun was all
    And the sun was all down

    I am a poor man
    I haven't wealth nor fame
    I have my two hands
    And a house to my name
    And the winter's so
    And the winter's so long
    And the winter's so
    And the winter's so long

    And all the stars were crashing 'round
    As I laid eyes on what I'd found

    It was a white crane
    It was a helpless thing
    Upon a red stain
    With an arrow its wing
    And it called and cried
    And it called and cried so
    And it called and cried
    And it called and cried so

    And all the stars were crashing 'round
    As I laid eyes on what I'd found
    My crane wife, my crane wife
    My crane wife, my crane wife

    Now I helped her
    And I dressed her wounds
    And how I held her
    Beneath the rising moon
    And she stood to fly
    And she stood to fly away
    And she stood to fly
    She stood to fly away

    And all the stars were crashing 'round
    As I laid eyes on what I'd found
    My crane wife, my crane wife
    My crane wife, my crane wife

    [2]

    My crane wife arrived at my door in the moonlight
    All star bright and tongue-tied I took her in
    We were married and bells rang sweet for our wedding
    And our bedding was ready when we fell in

    The sound of the keening bell
    To see its pain erect
    Soft as fontenelle
    The feathers and the thread
    And all I ever meant to do was to keep you
    My crane wife
    My crane wife
    My crane wife

    We were poorly, our fortunes fading hourly
    And how she vowed me, she could bring it back
    But I was greedy, I was vain and I forced her to weaving
    On cold loom, in a closed room, with down wove

    The sound of the keening bell
    And to see its pain erect
    Soft as fontenelle
    The feathers and the thread
    And all I ever meant to do was to keep you
    My crane wife
    My crane wife

    There's a bend in the wind and it rakes at my heart
    There is blood in the thread and it rakes at my heart
    It rakes at my heart

    My crane wife

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