5 best Iron & Wine lyrics
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Sam Beam, better known as his stage name Iron & Wine, has been releasing music for nearly 20 years and touches music lovers of all genres. His lush acoustic compositions penetrate straight to the heart with abstract thought-provoking lyrics and a somber tone that creates imagery and nostalgia. Since his first album The Creek Drank the Cradle in 2002, he’s released six albums along with multiple EPs and singles. Here are five of Iron & Wine’s best lyrics.


5. “Trapeze Swinger

First released in 2004 for the film “In Good Company,” “Trapeze Swinger” was later released on Beam’s 2009 set Around the Well, a collection of b-sides and rarities. The song reminisces about a first love where he asks to be remembered at the beginning of each refrain, a love that would soon not last. “Trapeze Swinger” clocks in at over 9 minutes and cemented itself as a favorite among fans.

Best lyrics:

”Please, remember me
Happily
By the rosebush laughing
With bruises on my chin
The time when
We counted every black car passing
Your house beneath the hill
And up until
Someone caught us in the kitchen
With maps, a mountain range,
A piggy bank
A vision too removed to mention”


4. “Such Great Heights”

Beam recorded a cover of “Such Greight Heights” by The Postal Service but was not released at first. When The Postal Service first released the single, Beam’s version was used as a b-side and then was included on the soundtrack to the 2004 film “Garden State.” Beam’s version also took the indie-pop song to new heights when he stripped it down to just a guitar giving it a different life. While Iron & Wine’s version may seem melancholy, “Heights” is more about the high of love.

Best lyrics:

I am thinking it's a sign
That the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images

And when we kiss they're perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate
That God Himself did make

Us into corresponding shapes
Like puzzle pieces from the clay
And true it may seem like a stretch

But it's thoughts like this that catch
My troubled head when you're away
When I am missing you to death


3. “Boy with the Coin”

Iron & Wine’s “Boy with a Coin” was released on 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog as a single and depicts innocence being stripped in a harsh world, trying to find some glimmer of hope (the coin). In the complexity of the three-verse song, Sam Beam once again uses religion to craft “Coin” in the sense that God either doesn’t exist or that the earth was left to its own devices.

Best lyrics:

A boy with a coin he found in the weeds
With bullets and pages of trade magazines
Close to a car that flipped on the turn
When God left the ground to circle the world

A girl with a bird she found in the snow
Then flew up her gown and that’s how she knows
That God made her eyes for crying at birth
Then left the ground to circle the Earth

A boy with a coin he crammed in his jeans
Then making a wish he tossed in the sea
Walked to a town that all of us burn
When God left the ground to circle the world


2. “Call It Dreaming”

“Call It Dreaming” is a much more lighthearted track that served as the first single of 2017’s Beast Epic, Beam’s sixth studio album. “Dreaming” finds Beam in the familiar but also finding a place he knows as home. The album is a collection of how time and aging collide.

Best Lyrics:

Where the sun isn't only sinking fast
Every night knows how long it's supposed to last
Where the time of our lives is all we have
And we get a chance to say
Before we ease away
For all the love you've left behind
You can have mine

Say it's here where our pieces fall in place
We can fear 'cause the feeling's fine to betray
Where our water isn't hidden
We can burn and be forgiven
Where our hands hurt from healing
We can laugh without a reason


1. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version)”

“Flightless Bird, American Mouth” is one of Iron & Wine’s most popular songs first being featured in the inital installment of the “Twilight Saga” series in 2008 and helped the success of the franchise. The song was handpicked by actress Kristen Stewart to be used in a prom scene when it was playing while rehearsing. It was later revamped to be used in the “Breaking Dawn - Part 1” of the series as a wedding version.

Best lyrics:

I was a quick wet boy
Diving too deep for coins
All of your straight blind eyes
Wide on my plastic toys
Then when the cops closed the fair
I cut my long baby hair
Stole me a dog eared map
And called for you everywhere

Have I found you?
Flightless bird, jealous, weeping
Or lost you?
American mouth
Big bill looming