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Cinder and Smoke
Iron & Wine Lyrics


Give me your hand
The dog in the garden row is covered in mud
And dragging your mother's clothes
Cinder and smoke
The snake in the basement
Found the juniper shade
The farmhouse is burning down

Give me your hand
And take what you will tonight, I'll give it as fast
And high as the flame will rise
Cinder and smoke
Some whispers around the trees
The juniper bends
As if you were listening

Give me your hand
Your mother is drunk as all the firemen shake
A photo from father's arms
Cinder and smoke
You'll ask me to pray for rain
With ash in your mouth
You'll ask it to burn again

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: SAMUEL ERVIN BEAM

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Al Mahmud Taha

Give me your hand
The dog in the garden row is covered in mud
And dragging your mother's clothes
Cinder and smoke
The snake in the basement
Found the juniper shade
The farmhouse is burning down

Give me your hand
And take what you will tonight, I'll give it as fast
And high as the flame will rise
Cinder and smoke
Some whispers around the trees
The juniper bends
As if you were listening

Give me your hand
Your mother is drunk as all the firemen shake
A photo from father's arms
Cinder and smoke
You'll ask me to pray for rain
With ash in your mouth
You'll ask it to burn again



Alok Shah

Give me your hand
The dog in the garden row is covered in mud
And dragging your mother's clothes
Cinder and smoke
The snake in the basement
Found the juniper shade
The farmhouse is burning down

Give me your hand
And take what you will tonight, I'll give it as fast
And high as the flame will rise
Cinder and smoke
Some whispers around the trees
The juniper bends
As if you were listening

Give me your hand
Your mother is drunk as all the firemen shake
A photo from father's arms
Cinder and smoke
You'll ask me to pray for rain
With ash in your mouth
You'll ask it to burn again

This song is about a boy who loves a self destructive girl, the girl probably doesn't love him back. The boy is used to the girl being in trouble, he is always saving her from one thing or another, it has become common for him, and even when the house is on fire, he is noticing the silliest of things, like the dog rolling in mud. He knows the self destructive nature of the girl he loves isn't going to stop anytime soon, and after the fire settles down, she will 'ask it to burn again'



H B

Here I sit 31, past midnight with my first 8 month old as she is finally asleep. First I played such great heights cover from them for her to asleep to. And my S.O. is disappointed that it will rain all weekend. Then this song comes on.

Iron and Wine freezes time, they take you to a meditative state, back to when you were 16 and your emotional intelligence was through the roof. When you listened to music and felt connected with everything around you. Undisturbed, awakened and aware. For me the special book The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out at this time, too.

I remember I created a mixtape of these guys and bright eyes, too..along with many other artists.

It was a simpler time. A truly magical pocket in time. No drugs needed. No distractions needed. Just music and a soul.

Thank you Iron and Wine, and other artists of this era.



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Gayatri Raman

I was out with 4 friends one night. We were coming back to hostel. An hour's journey from the city to the college stop. It's so late at night and we managed to get into the last bus to the stop at around 10. Rain clouds looked lovingly threatening. And within a few minutes of our bus starting the pouring began. In the dark dark night, with our bus on the road, and only occasional Sparks of magical lightning for company....this song...that rain...that journey. It was one of the most phenomenal nights of my life. And for that I thank this song.

Whoever's reading ...may life be as kind to you as it has been to me.
Peace.

SP

❤️🙏

Gayatri Raman

@sleeeping I know that feeling. Hang in there, your music will always be there..

sleeeping

Ahh, that's just so lovely (*´∀`) I used to have quite the same thing, having joyful time with 4 other friends, but the gang relationship wasn't last long and it's been too long since the last time. I just hope to enjoy it one more time again though I don't know if the feelings will be the same anymore since they've changed too much. But reading your comment made me happy, it's just so heart warming :> wish you and everyone the best and always stay happy (*´∀`)~♥

Gypsy Queen

Bless your heart

ussoldier137

"may life be as kind to you as it has been to me. " oof, Thank you.

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A Wanderer

This song makes me realise how fast life goes by and the beauty as well as the melancholy of that realisation.

Christopher Ivan

This song is primarily about loss at an early age, and victimization for the survivors. But also, the sense of being tied to one's land, one's home and upbringing. I think this is an oprhan's song, and a song for survivor's of trauma who get it, who understand the beauty and pain of a fractured early life.

Airek Vinland, Slayer of the Seventh Sun

Its been a couple years since someone special showed me this band. Wonder how she is these days.

Snehannita Dewanji

Whenever I listen to this song it is as if everything around me is very calm and in alignment, especially on a tough day. So grateful that I discovered this song.

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