The Decemberists When the War Came 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
  • [Chorus]
    With all the grain of Babylon
    To cultivate, to make us strong
    And hidden here behind the walls
    Are shoulders wide and timber on
    'Til the war came
    'Til the war came

    A terrible autonomy
    Has grafted onto you and me
    Our trust put in the government
    They told their lies as heaven-sent
    'Til the war came
    'Til the war came

    [Chorus]

    And the war came with a curse and a caterwaul
    And the war came with all the poise of a cannonball
    And they're picking out our eyes by coal and candlelight
    When the war came, the war came hard

    We mae made our oath to Vavilov
    We'd not betray the solanum
    The acres of asteraceae
    To our own pangs of starvation
    When the war came
    When the war came

    [Chorus]

    With all the grain of Babylon
    With all the grain of Babylon

    Written by: Colin Meloy
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