Blue Beard
Band of Horses Lyrics


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(Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah)

I used to see the night so anxious, but now I know
The only thing it ever taught me was a grand illusion
That comes and goes, the city blanketed of snow

What if we die, no end and no conclusion
How could you smile? Just walk away
Well I don't know
I don't know

I met you at the railroad station, now years ago
And something happened on the night
I last drank with you in the neon glow
Now I don't see you anymore (la, la, la)

The Midwestern sky, is gray and cold (la, la, la)
The sun never shines, but that's alright (la, la, la)
And I couldn't find the letters that you wrote me
What did you write?
Where'd you go, well I don't know, no

Take a little time gonna roll the dice
Taken for a ride, any normal life will do, too




Find another way, try to break the ice
Every day and night, the banana peels were true, true

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Band of Horses' "Blue Beard" convey a sense of introspection about the passage of time and how it can alter one's perceptions. Stripped down to essentials, the lyrics speak to the realization that the night, once viewed as something ominous and unpredictable, is nothing more than a façade. The illusion of the city during the snowfall is an expression of this realization. The chorus echoes those notions with a questioning tone about the finality of life and how one would react when mortality is inescapable. The visceral line "How could you smile? Just walk away" poses the existential inquiry of how to cope when faced with the reality of societal transience. The verses recount stories of lovers, memories of conversations, and personal changes all effected by the passage of time, some of which are sudden and irreversible.


Musically, the song creates a sense of atmospheric tension that unfolds slowly, leaving a significant emotional impact. With its open tuning and finger-style guitar work, the song's sound is reminiscent of classic folk music. The arrangement reflects the mood of the lyrics, starting off a bit hesitant but steadily progressing before bursting off in a triumphant chorus.


Line by Line Meaning

I used to see the night so anxious, but now I know
I used to be worried and scared during nighttime, but now I realize it was just an illusion and nothing to fear.


The only thing it ever taught me was a grand illusion
All the fear of night was actually just a big lie.


That comes and goes, the city blanketed of snow
The illusion of snow covering the city was only temporary and passed by like everything else.


What if we die, no end and no conclusion
What if there is no clear end and we just disappear?


How could you smile? Just walk away
How can you be so happy when you're leaving me behind?


Well I don't know
I have no idea.


I met you at the railroad station, now years ago
I first saw you at the train station, many years in the past.


And something happened on the night
Something important occurred that evening.


I last drank with you in the neon glow
The final time we drank together was in a neon-lit environment.


Now I don't see you anymore (la, la, la)
Nowadays, I can't seem to find you. (repeated sound signifies fading memory)


The Midwestern sky, is gray and cold (la, la, la)
The sky in the Midwestern region is consistently chilly and overcast. (repeated sound signifies dreariness)


The sun never shines, but that's alright (la, la, la)
We may never see the sun again, but we accept our fate. (repeated sound signifies apathy)


And I couldn't find the letters that you wrote me
I was unable to locate the letters you wrote, which contain important details about you.


What did you write?
What did you say in those letters?


Where'd you go, well I don't know, no
I don't know where you might be now.


Take a little time gonna roll the dice
We might as well take a risk and try something new.


Taken for a ride, any normal life will do, too
We can handle anything life throws at us, even if it's an ordinary existence.


Find another way, try to break the ice
We need to try something different and see if it leads to a breakthrough.


Every day and night, the banana peels were true, true
Every moment, even if it seems insignificant, is meaningful and can have an impact. (repeated phrase emphasizes significance)




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Written by: Benjamin Bridwell, John Tyler Ramsey, Ryan Clark Monroe, William Reynolds

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Lyrics

I used to see the night so anxious
But now I know
The only thing it ever taught me was a grand illusion
That comes and goes
The city blanketed in snow

What if we die, no end and no conclusion?
How could you smile, just walk away?
Well, I don't know
I don't know

I met you at the railroad station
Now years ago
And something happened on the night I last drank with you
In the neon glow
Now I don't see you anymore

The Midwestern sky is gray and cold
The sun never shines but that's alright
And I couldn't find the letters that you wrote me
What did you write, where'd you go?
Well, I don't know

Take a little time, gonna roll the dice
Taken for a ride, any normal life will do too
Find another way, try to break the ice
Every day and night the banana peels were true, true



All comments from YouTube:

johnnycat727

THIS IS THE GREATEST BAND-O-HORSES SONG EVER!!!!! Take a little time, gonna roll the dice Taken for a ride, any normal life will do too Find another way, try to break the ice Everyday and night, the banana peels were true, true....

Andy Baker

The banana peels we chew? Isn’t it? As in like the bitterness we must swallow sometimes

Nolen Alonso

Me too

username316

Lyrics

I used to see the night so anxious
But now I know
The only thing it ever taught me was a grand illusion
That comes and goes
The city blanketed in snow

What if we die, no end and no conclusion?
How could you smile, just walk away?
Well, I don't know
I don't know

I met you at the railroad station
Now years ago
And something happened on the night I last drank with you
In the neon glow
Now I don't see you anymore

The Midwestern sky is gray and cold
The sun never shines but that's alright
And I couldn't find the letters that you wrote me
What did you write, where'd you go?
Well, I don't know

Take a little time, gonna roll the dice
Taken for a ride, any normal life will do too
Find another way, try to break the ice
Every day and night the banana peels were true, true

Joshua LePell

Best band ever. Thank you for all the magic

King Glizzard

Listening to this song up in the mountains, in the chill morning, is the greatest thing ever.

isabela

essa musica ew mt lindaaaaaaaaaa

Tom Goodwin

i'm a huge hip hop fan but i grew up on pink floyd and led zeppelin and this music brings that shit back to me, this is REAL music

fastfrankblack

I didn't think there was space in the universe for another awesome song called 'blue beard'...

AOFDNavySeal

greatest band of all time. Great for coming down

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