Here are my favorite lines from some Iron & Wine songs:
“Love is a crying baby Mama warned you not to shake”
“So I’ll clear the road, the gravel and the thornbush in your path
That burns a scented oil that I’ll drip into your bath
The water’s there to warm you and the earth is warmer when you laugh”
“Love’s a dream you enter, though I shake and shake and shake you”
Flightless Bird, American Mouth
“I was a quick-wit boy, diving too deep for coins.
All of your street light eyes, wide on my plastic toys”
“Have I found you?
Flightless bird, jealous, weeping
Or lost you?
American mouth, big pill looming”
“Now I’m a fat house cat, nursing my sore blunt tongue,
Watching the warm poison rats, curl through the wide fence cracks.”
Naked As We Came
“She says wake up, it’s no use pretending. I’ll keep stealing, breathing her.
Birds are leaving over autumn’s ending. One of us will die inside these arms”
She says if I leave before you darling, don’t you waste me in the ground
I lay smiling like our sleeping children. One of us will die inside these arms”
Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
“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”
“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.”
“A beautiful feather floating down to where the birds had shit on empty chapel pews”
“Every morning we found one more machine Tto mock our ever waning patience at the well. Every evening she’d descend the mountain stealing socks, and singing something good where all the horses fell. Like a snake within the wilted garden wall.”
“While with his gun the pagan angel rose to say, “My love is one made to break every bended knee””
I can only hope that one day I’ll write poetry half as good as Sam Beam.