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A Friday Morning Musical Pick-me-up – Iron and Wine

May 10, 2013

caughtinthebriarsIt’s Friday, so you may not need this, but I woke up this morning feeling a little emotionally lazy from the fact that I’m still trying to re-acclimate to my familiar surroundings after a great time in DC earlier this week.  I played this song as I started my morning routine and just kept hitting repeat, and now I feel a hell of a lot better.   Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) is a treasure and songwriter extraordinaire.  I’ve probably shed more tears listening to Upward Over the Mountain and The Trapeze Swinger than I have when my pets have died (sorry, Gypsy. I still miss you).  But Caught in the Briars doesn’t make me cry (well, maybe happy tears).  It lifts me up and makes me want to give everyone a big damn hug.  Yes, even you, Crosby.  And if you think that makes you feel uncomfortable, imagine how it makes me feel.

Caught in the Briars
The back alley’s full of rain
And everything’s shining
As holy as she can be
The trick’s in the timing

Free as the morning birds
Fragile as china
She’s stuck in the weakest heart
Of South Carolina

Where all of the naked boys
who lay down beside her
Sing her the saddest song
All caught in the briars

I never meant to fall
So hard in her doorway
And all the sinners here
Have crosses for Sunday

Kissed at the county fair
Frisked in the city
Where proof is an answered prayer
But ain’t it a pity

That all of the naked boys
Who lay down beside her
Sing her the saddest song
All caught in the briars

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