Singers And The Endless Song Lyrics
When we all ran back into the briars
We told our children about the foreign shore
When we threw our boots into the fire
We told them all about the tug of warGonna tell them about the seed and the shovel
About the prison and the promised land
Gonna tell them about the dream of the devil
About the hurting and the healing hand, that handCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless songWhen we held our words up in the mirror
We told our children how to hold their tongues
When we held our heads beneath the river
We told them all about the iron lungGonna tell them about the sins of the father
About the junkie and the jubilee
Gonna tell them about the roots in the water
About the killing in the quiet line of treesCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless songAll our morning kisses in the covers
And told our children what 'worthy' means
And then you wrapped your arms around another
And told them what was worth a pile of beansGonna tell them about the call of the ocean
About the singers and the endless song
Gonna tell them about the body and the motion
And how the music never lasts too long, too longCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the low lit alley and the wedding bed
About the first born sucker and the spider's webCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the mind and the muscle and the weary mile
About the heart and the hustle and the empty skyCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the tangled up truth in the perfect teeth
About the pilgrim and the picking through the chaff and wheatCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the butterfly kiss and the call for blood
About the pig and the preacher and the holy mudCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the breeze in the summer and the nose will know
About the sleep through the winter when the cold wind blowsCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the lame duck lion and the thorny crown
About the proud punk mule and the heavy plowCause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the sunburned belly and the mother's moon
About the end of the music coming way too soon
Beam was raised outside Columbia, South Carolina, United States where his father worked in land management and his mother was a schoolteacher. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor's degree and the Florida State University Film School with an MFA degree. Until the first Iron & Wine album, Beam's main source of income was as a professor of film and cinematography at the University of Miami and Miami International University of Art & Design. He had been writing songs for over seven years before a friend lent him a four-track recorder. His friends handed out copies of demos that he had made, and the owner of Sub Pop Records personally contacted Beam and proposed a deal.
Beam released his first album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, on the Sub Pop label in 2002; Beam wrote, performed, recorded, and produced every track on the album by himself at a studio in his home. The album features acoustic guitars, banjo, and slide guitar; its music has been compared, variously, to that of Nick Drake, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, Elliott Smith, and Ralph Stanley.
In 2003 The Sea & the Rhythm was released, an EP collecting other home-recorded tracks along the same lines as those on the debut. Beam's second album, Our Endless Numbered Days (2004), was recorded in a professional studio with a significant increase in fidelity. The focus still lies on acoustic material, but the inclusion of other band members gives rise to a very different sound.
Beam released an EP titled Woman King in February 2005, and the EP In the Reins, a collaboration with Calexico was released in September 2005. This joint work mostly features new full-band versions of previously recorded Iron and Wine rarities.
One of his most famous songs is a cover, which was featured on a commercial for M&M’s candies and in the 2004 film “Garden State” (and on its popular soundtrack), of "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service.
"Kiss Each Other Clean" is the fourth studio album by Iron & Wine, released January 25, 2011. The album's title is taken from the lyrics of track 10, "Your Fake Name Is Good Enough for Me". The album marks a further change in style – in an interview with SPIN magazine, Beam said “It’s more of a focused pop record. It sounds like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music."
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