The Decemberists Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) 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
  • Heart-carved tree trunk, Yankee bayonet
    A sweetheart left behind
    Far from the hills of the sea-swelled Carolinas
    That's where my true love lies

    Look for me when the sun-bright swallow
    Sings upon the birch bough high
    But you are in the ground with the voles and the weevils
    All a'chew on your bones so dry

    But when the sun breaks
    To no more bulletin battle-cry
    Then will you make a grave
    For I will be home then

    I will be home then
    I will be home then
    I will be home then
    Then

    When I was a girl how the hills of Oconee
    Made a seam to hem me in
    There at the fair when our eyes caught, careless
    Got my heart right pierced by a pin

    But oh, did you see all the dead of Manassas
    All the bellies and the bones and the bile
    Though I lingered here with the blankets barren
    And my own belly big with a child

    But when the sun breaks
    To no more bulletin battle-cry
    Then will you make a grave
    For I will be home then

    I will be home then
    I will be home then
    I will be home then

    Stems and bones and stone walls too
    Could keep me from you
    Scaly skin is all too few
    To keep me from you

    But oh, my love, though our bodies may be parted
    Though our skin may not touch skin
    Look for me with the sun-bright sparrow
    I will come on the breath of the wind

    Written by: Colin Meloy
    Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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