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Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home lyrics

I was walking far from home
Where the names were not burned along the wall
Saw a building high as heaven
But the door was so small, door was so small
I saw rainclouds, little babies
And a bridge that had tumbled to the ground
I saw sinners making music
And I've dreamt of that sound, dreamt of that sound
I was walking far from home
But I carried your letters all the while
I saw lovers in a window
Whisper "Want me like time, want me like time."
I saw sickness, blooming fruit trees
I saw blood and a bit of it was mine
I saw children in a river
But their lips were still dry, lips were still dry
I was walking far from home
And I found your face mingled in the crowd
Saw a boatful of believers
Sail off, talking too loud, talking too loud
I saw sunlight in the water
Saw a bird fall like a hammer from the sky
An old woman on a speed train
She was closing her eyes, closing her eyes
I saw flowers on a hillside
And a millionaire pissing on the lawn
Saw a prisoner take a pistol
And say "Join me in song, join me in song."
Saw a car crash in the country
Where the prayers run like weeds along the road
I saw strangers stealing kisses
Giving only their clothes, only their clothes
Saw a white dog chase it's tail
And a pair of hearts carved into a stone
I saw kindness and an angel
Crying "Take me back home, take me back home."
Saw a highway, saw an ocean
I saw widows in the temple to the law
Naked dancers in the city
And they spoke for us all, spoke for us all
I saw loaded linen tables
And a motherless colt, then it was gone
I saw hungry brothers waiting
With a radio on, radio on
I was walking far from home
Where the names were not burned along thewall
Saw a wet road form a circle
And it came like a call from the Lord

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Submitted byneeeeeeeno


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    I think he wrote a story about a guy walking around on a journey far from his home. He saw stuff, and it came out in a jumble of images. I don't think there's much heaven or god in the song except as metaphors for the pull that "home" has over you, being like that still small voice that people go on about. He saw crosses on a busy highway, and a graveyard that had a weeping angel in it. I think the "strangers, stealing kisses, live in only their clothes, was a homeless couple.
    Either way, good song.
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