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Iron & Wine — House By The Sea
Album: The Shepherd's Dog
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Total ratings: 297









Released: 2007
Length: 4:17
Plays (last 30 days): 0
There is a house by the sea
Two jealous sisters there waiting for me
And one is laid on the floor
And one is changing the locks on her doors

But I've been buying their time on my knees
And I've been selling them blankets to bleed on

Around the house by the sea
The scent of roses and raspberry leaves
And there is smoke in my clothes
Too much time with just smoke in my nose

But I've been making the meaning they lack
And I've been burning that book they come back to

There is a house by the sea
And an ocean between it and me
And like the shape of a wave
The jealous sisters will sing on my grave

I've been living to run where they've led
And I've been dying to rise from their bed

But I've been sparing my neck from their chain
And they've been changing the sound of my name
And I've been swimming to them in my sleep
But I've been dreaming our love and our freedom
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 trevc wrote:
The beginning sounds like Borrah Minevitch.
 
That's the music biz for you - all beg, steal and Borrah.
I second that!
This is the best side of eclecticism and why I love RP.  How entrancing, how lovely, how beguiling, how seductive this is.  Thank you, Mr. Bill and whoever was sweet enough to upload to share this.

 


I think the Calexico colab came shortly before this album.

Sam Beam (I&W) has collaborated with Calexico in the past, so that's not surprising.  

 


The beginning sounds like Borrah Minevitch.
cool song (the squawking harmonica bits remind me of Quincy Jones' soundtrack for Peckinpah's The Getaway (1972 film) a must see imo : )
A sea location.
Is that Celtic and blue grass mixed together? That is. Working me over good.
 Krispian wrote:

Agreed.

 
My first RP rating at 9 lol. Great mix and production on an interesting groove. Some of Sams lyrics I can get there, and others not yet. Been a fan for a couple years I guess. Cheers ~
 socalhol wrote:
Thought it might be Calexico at first...

 
Sam Beam (I&W) has collaborated with Calexico in the past, so that's not surprising.  
 Lazarus wrote:

Wow...  this is very very groovy...  excellent guitar work... nice melody...  cool percussion...  love it...
 

 
Agreed.
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:

With a little of "Eight Miles High" thrown in for good measure.


 
Okay, I hear that.  I also caught a brief whiff of Pet Sounds in the intro.  Overall, it works.

Wow...  this is very very groovy...  excellent guitar work... nice melody...  cool percussion...  love it...
 
That dog gives me the willies.
 socalhol wrote:
Thought it might be Calexico at first...
 
With a little of "Eight Miles High" thrown in for good measure.

"House By The Sea."  How about "Home By The Sea" by Genesis? SUCH a cool song...
Thought it might be Calexico at first...
I had to listen to this twice before I thought

Very cool indeed.  Has Sam been hanging out in Senegal lately?  I kept expecting Youssou to kick in on backup. 
Very nice album, thanks RP!
 lmic wrote:
Sufjan Stevens-y
 

He's touring by the way
Sufjan Stevens-y
Most exciting song!
I've been into Iron & Wine for a few years now. Ive got most of his stuff & this album continues to be one of my favorites. Good work Bill & Rebecca! {#High-five}
Another CD I purchased because of RP. While this isn't my favorite track, even the so-so efforts of this album rate a strong 7.
Thanks to RP, I'm coming to like Iron & Wine quite a bit. However, this tune didn't do anything for me. 2.

Too whispery for me.
I like the little Afro-pop riff.
This is the best side of eclecticism and why I love RP.  How entrancing, how lovely, how beguiling, how seductive this is.  Thank you, Mr. Bill and whoever was sweet enough to upload to share this.
Pretty good!