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Iron & Wine — Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
Album: The Shepherd's Dog
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6.8

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Released: 2007
Length: 4:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Love was a promise made of smoke
In a frozen copse of trees
A bone cold and older than our bodies
Slowly floating in the sea

Every morning there were planes
The shiny blades of pagan angels in our father's sky
Every evening I would watch her hold the pillow
Tight against her hollows, her unholy child

I was still a beggar shaking out my stolen coat
Among the angry cemetery leaves
When they caught the king beneath the borrowed car
Righteous, drunk, and fumbling for the royal keys

Love was our father's flag and sewn like a shank
In a cake on our leather boots
A beautiful feather floating down
To where the birds had shit our empty chapel pews

Every morning we found one more machine
To mock our ever-waning patience at the well
Every evening she'd descend the mountain, stealing socks
And singing something good where all their horses fell

Like a snake within the wilted garden wall
I'd hint to her every possibility
While with his gun, the pagan angel rose to say
"My love is one made to break every bended knee"
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You got me wrong Gov, I din't steal no stinkin socks.
 bc wrote:

It's probably my favorite Iron and Wine album.

 
I agree that it's their (his) finest album.

very nice {#Bounce}
 aspicer wrote:
Diggin' the groove - is this album good overall?

 
It's probably my favorite Iron and Wine album.

 FluorideFreeMN wrote:


I had to laugh- thinking of David Caruso's character in CSI Miami!



As for your comment, if Sam raised his voice, I think it would take away from the sound.
 
David Caruso doesn't raise his head and look at his fellow actors when he speaks either. Can't stand his acting. I just find myself yelling at the screen....LOOK AT THEM, for the love of gaud....look. at. them.
 
 Webfoot wrote:

It's taken me a while to appreciate this group, but I like them more and more. 


 



..same here..thx RP for the nudge towards them!..
 aspicer wrote:
Diggin' the groove - is this album good overall?
 

Yep!
Diggin' the groove - is this album good overall?
I'm sick of standsard D-A-G chord progressions- I like Ragas!!
Excellent start of a superb album!
"Now as a promise made of smoke, a frozen coke our dreams" - wtf? Where are my ear drops?

A bit of an auto-rate, this one, as it's typical of Iron & Wine's output. A nailed-on Ho-Hum from the Nottingham jury. This song could be usefully employed by hypnotists to put subjects under...{#Sleep}
Why am I boogying through the house to this song? (Wow, I have HIPS!)  Love it...{#Dancingbanana}
Delightful :)
sounds about 40 years old

It's taken me a while to appreciate this group, but I like them more and more. 


 auburntigerrich wrote:


I agree. Some people sound best when they belt it out, and some sound best soft. It's just the nature of his music and the feel that he's going for. Take it or leave it. I, for one, will take it. Try track 4, "Carousel".
 
Worked for JJ Cale
Nice!
FluorideFreeMN wrote:
As for your comment, if Sam raised his voice, I think it would take away from the sound.
I agree. Some people sound best when they belt it out, and some sound best soft. It's just the nature of his music and the feel that he's going for. Take it or leave it. I, for one, will take it. Try track 4, "Carousel".
Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
I do wish he'd raise his voice above a whisper once in a while, the gimmick does get old.
I had to laugh- thinking of David Caruso's character in CSI Miami! As for your comment, if Sam raised his voice, I think it would take away from the sound.
And again... :snooty:
Please stop beating this song into the ground.
ryuujin23 wrote:
It could be worse. This could be Radio Jack Johnson with Jack Johnson playing 24 hours a day.
Yes, it could be worse... but with a simple quieting of some oft-repeated songs, it could be a LOT better.
ryuujin23 wrote:
It could be worse. This could be Radio Jack Johnson with Jack Johnson playing 24 hours a day.
Indeed :yes: Or John Mayerama.
Dave_Mack wrote:
I was gonna say something along those lines. I think I&W is OK, but I'd like him more if I didn't have to hear him twice a day, every day. Ditto for Spoon and Calexico.
It could be worse. This could be Radio Jack Johnson with Jack Johnson playing 24 hours a day.
Excelsior wrote:
Are you new here? Welcome to the Iron & Wine Channel.
I was gonna say something along those lines. I think I&W is OK, but I'd like him more if I didn't have to hear him twice a day, every day. Ditto for Spoon and Calexico.
tor93leafs wrote:
12:21 pm - Iron & Wine & Calexico - Dark Eyes 1:50 pm - Iron & Wine - Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car 1.5 hours apart? Iron & Wine sees more action on RP than...
Are you new here? Welcome to the Iron & Wine Channel.
Saw I&W Sat night in Florida. He played with Califone and did a very electric set--I think they had 9 players in total. Could be Sam is moving into a more complicated sound in terms of instrumentation and production.
12:21 pm - Iron & Wine & Calexico - Dark Eyes 1:50 pm - Iron & Wine - Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car 1.5 hours apart? Iron & Wine sees more action on RP than...
I'm not a big Iron & Wine fan, but I love the instrumentation of this song. It really elevates the relatively monotone character into something unique and fun.
cosmiclint wrote:
Thank you, Bill, for introducing Iron & Wine - and this song in particular - to me.
Seconded! :sunny: I purchased this album entirely because of hearing it on RP -- are you hearing that, royalty police?
Thank you, Bill, for introducing Iron & Wine - and this song in particular - to me.
Dog of Sam, not Son of Sam. dolfan wrote:
I see Cujo. Maybe Son of Sam...why didn't someone smack that dog with a rolled up newspaper? Good song, too. Good vibe...the steady rhythm combined with the vocals/delivery...Sweet.
like this very much. plus, I'm a dog person, so snaps for the album cover as well!
I'm likin' the beat... :motor: keeps me movin'...
I don't understand, how you can be ambivalent about much of I&W if you like this song? This is exactly what most of their work sounds like. Just asking. lmic wrote:
I'm often ambivalent about I&W, but this is very nice.
thats it this is officially on my must have list now dmnit bill
i actually like repetition. just not this.
raga wrote:
This evening I'll see them live in Milano, Italy!!!!!!! Can't wait... :dance:
Va Bene
This evening I'll see them live in Milano, Italy!!!!!!! Can't wait... :dance:
saw them again for my 'birthday show' this year...wayy good. the percussion on this album adds a whole new style/element to their music that adds to the likability of them for me. great show, see them if you can
Just broke down and bought this last night. I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into the other tracks. Great stuff so far.
I like Iron and Wine a lot and it's because of songs like this. Perfection.
out of sight.
:sunny: :guitarist: :dance: :bounce: ">
tobstar wrote:
that cover is freaky, makes me think of watership down!
I see Cujo. Maybe Son of Sam...why didn't someone smack that dog with a rolled up newspaper? Good song, too. Good vibe...the steady rhythm combined with the vocals/delivery...Sweet.
geordiezimmerman wrote:
Saw these play an old church here on friday night. Amazing !! They finsished with Resurrection Fern, best song on the album for me, the whole album is astonishing. 9/10
Was it a band concert or just Sam Beam playing alone with an an additional background singer?
that cover is freaky, makes me think of watership down!
The word that comes to mind is "pretty" - regardless of the lyrical content. I enjoy this, yes.
I do wish he'd raise his voice above a whisper once in a while, the gimmick does get old.
Saw these play an old church here on friday night. Amazing !! They finsished with Resurrection Fern, best song on the album for me, the whole album is astonishing. 9/10
lattalo wrote:
Is the whole CD good, RP cuts are most excellent?
Most excellent
Sam's music just keeps getting richer and richer with each listen. What an artist. Albeit, this one has quite a bit more production than the early stuff, but it's still delicious. Even more so. Most Excellent. More, please!
ick wrote:
this station keeps me in the know! Iron & Wine is the bomb!
Is the whole CD good, RP cuts are most excellent?
ick wrote:
this station keeps me in the know! Iron & Wine is the bomb!
Isn't that the truth?! Thanks to this joint I've discovered all sorts of great musicians that mainstream radio will never play because they don't feel it's "appropriate" for us. (Geez don't I sound like a commercial, d'oh!)
squidish wrote:
The cover art does it for me! Anyone know who the painter is? :cheers:
I think someone said on one of the other comments for the album that Sam did it himself.
About an hour or so ago Bill played Starship's "Have you seen the starts tonite" - very similar vibe here - very nice...
this station keeps me in the know! Iron & Wine is the bomb!
...sam beam's really come into his own on this album - i think he grew a lot, musically, after his collaboration with calexico...
Is Iron and Wine still just the one guy? I agree on the cover. Freaky.
This new album is superb. A different sound to their other stuff but i'm loving this album already and i've only heard it twice. Playing in a lovely little chirch here in Brighton on the 2nd November,hopefully i will get a ticket.
The cover art does it for me! Anyone know who the painter is? :cheers:
So you left work to buy the cd and now you will listen to it at lunch...wish I had your job hippiechick wrote:
Just bought this cd. Can't wait until lunch so i can listen to it.
Just bought this cd. Can't wait until lunch so i can listen to it.
MojoJojo wrote:
IF VAR{song} = "yummy", :hungry:, ELSE setvol=0 run :hungry: (well, there you have it!)
if (string song == "yummy") :hungry:; else { setvol=0; :puke:; }
I'm often ambivalent about I&W, but this is very nice.
Behold the horror of following Fogerty and CCR with Iron and Whisper...
Love that guitar ... good licks on the old axe
QueenLucia wrote:
The only thing they do for me is ick me out. They're like mayonaise and I'm a mustard kind o' gal.
The song doesn't ick me out as much as the CD cover does. Disturbing. Why?
IF VAR{song} = "yummy", :hungry:, ELSE setvol=0 run :hungry: (well, there you have it!)
Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
I must say he's improved a lot since collaborating with Calexico.
./concur
QueenLucia wrote:
The only thing they do for me is ick me out. They're like mayonaise and I'm a mustard kind o' gal.
I love mustard, and hate mayo, but Iron & Wine is great by me!
out_to_lunch wrote:
now here is a band that I can live without. Sorry, they just don't do much for me...
The only thing they do for me is ick me out. They're like mayonaise and I'm a mustard kind o' gal.
out_to_lunch wrote:
now here is a band that I can live without. Sorry, they just don't do much for me...
"out _to_lunch".... :rolleyes:
There's a certain "samey-ness" to their stuff but I always give them high marks for their great melodies.
coccyx wrote:
all I can say is that my life is pretty lame.... oops, different song
"all I can say is that my life is pretty lame plain" sounds nothing like it.
now here is a band that I can live without. Sorry, they just don't do much for me...
Love this. Can't wait.
I must say he's improved a lot since collaborating with Calexico.
I need to hear more of this please. :dance:
marmelock wrote:
New Iron & Wine !!!! Excellent! Can't wait 'til fall! :jump:
Yep, hopefully touring...
New Iron & Wine !!!! Excellent! Can't wait 'til fall! :jump:
BillG wrote:
Not available yet. Release date is Sept. 29
So... how did you get ahold of this song? Is it a single?
Shimmer wrote:
Is the new Iron & Wine CD available? I thought it wasn't coming out till fall.
Not available yet. Release date is Sept. 29
That Iron and Wine guy does okay...
Is the new Iron & Wine CD available? I thought it wasn't coming out till fall.
all I can say is that my life is pretty lame.... oops, different song