This seems the most likely interpretation because it is consistent with the rest of the song and the next line of the verse. General Comment “And I’ve written pages upon pages Trying to rid you from my bones” I get chills every time. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Or browse results titled:. It was formatted as three sides, with the tracks from the Picaresqueties EP as the fourth side. Meloy is shrieking “if you don’t love me let me go”, but the love still stays, despite the fact that the writer has “written pages upon pages trying to rid you from my bones.

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I’m a moneylender I have fortunes upon fortunes Take my hand for tender I am tortured, ever tortured And if you don’t love me let me go And if you don’t love me let me enfine Chorus.

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Each verse is dedicated to a different character in the song. An engine driver, a county lineman and a money lender. If you like The Decemberists, you may also like:. A county lineman was responsible for hanging and repairing telegraph or telephone lines.

One of the three or more references for this song is unquestionably “Wichita Lineman” ref: It was formatted as three sides, with the tracks from the Picaresqueties EP as the fourth side. The Decemberists go to album. Log in now to add this track to your mixtape! Hopelessness, but at the same time, something deep inside him “my bones” just won’t let go, no matter what he does to try to get rid of her “I’ve written pages upon pages”.


It was released in on the Kill Rock Stars record label.

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They tell their jobs and seem to accept what they are. This chorus seems to tie these three verses by making the song personal. The goal of this analysis is to see how these characters are decemberista. Finding meaning in their songs is much more of finding an emotional connection rather than some hidden nugget of truth.

The 20th anniversary edition of this modern classic is both carefully remastered and expanded with live and unreleased studio tracks. Retrieved April 18, If only he were beside her, what would he do. He has a responsibility and will do it without exception.

What I really like here is this word play. Colin Meloy’s live solo album. Streaming and Download help.

A limited edition tenth anniversary pressing of the album on red vinyl was released for Record Store Day Each song is like reading a novel: A edcemberists lender is, again, keeping consistent with this old-timey profession thing we have going on here. The verse is stoic in a way; very little emotion is involved.


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I lean more towards the idea that the engine driver is coming out of his reverie of his lady and referring to his trip as a long one. Colin Meloy Sings Live! General Comment I feel as if it’s about a writer trying to get over this girl. I’ll decemberisys more on that once I think about it some more. The album includes the track ” Sixteen Military Wives “, the music video of which was distributed by the band via BitTorrent.

He takes such pride in his occupation, in fact, that even his progeny will follow decemberista. Archived from the original on November 30, Why not add your own? The album was recorded at the Prescott Decemberisfs in northeast Portlandwhich the band rented for one month in the summer of By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.