St. Augustine
Band of Horses Lyrics


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Silver scents of Saint Augustine
Fire in the ground
Between my better teeth
We're dancing on the poison in their graves
At the end of the night
We'd all seen better days

I know you tried
I know you're cursed
I know your best was still your worst
When Hollywood was calling out your name

Saint Augustine

If I stayed behind
Would you let your hair grow?
I will forget
The favors that you owe
I'm dreaming of car wrecks and thunderstorms are bright
Let's bury ourselves
And go haunt someone tonight

I know you tried
I know you're cursed
I know your best was still your worst




When Hollywood was calling out your name
Saint Augustine

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Band of Horses's song St. Augustine paint a vivid picture of a town that's full of dark secrets and hidden pasts. The first line, "Silver scents of Saint Augustine," invokes the idea of something beautiful and mysterious that's lurking just beneath the surface. The fire in the ground and the poison in the graves further reinforce this notion of something dangerous and potentially deadly.


The line "I know your best was still your worst" implies a sense of regret and disappointment, perhaps in oneself or in someone else. The theme of regret is carried throughout the song as the singer muses about what could have been and imagines a different life for himself. The imagery of car wrecks and thunderstorms adds to the sense of chaos and unease that permeates the song.


The chorus repeats the name of the town, Saint Augustine, almost as a mantra. The repetition reinforces the idea that there is something important and significant about this place, something that the singer cannot ignore or forget. The overall effect is a haunting and introspective song that speaks to the human condition and the quest for meaning and purpose in life.


Line by Line Meaning

Silver scents of Saint Augustine
The pleasant aroma of the city of Saint Augustine is in the air.


Fire in the ground
There is a burning sensation coming from underneath the Earth.


Between my better teeth
Amidst his regular routine, the persona feels this unsettling sensation.


We're dancing on the poison in their graves
We are currently rejoicing on the death of our enemies.


At the end of the night
When the night comes to a close.


We'd all seen better days
We have all experienced more favorable circumstances in the past.


I know you tried
I am aware of your efforts.


I know you're cursed
I know that you are plagued.


I know your best was still your worst
Even in times of hardship, your top performance is mediocre.


When Hollywood was calling out your name
During your time of fame when celebrities were summoning you.


Saint Augustine
Referring to the city of Saint Augustine.


If I stayed behind
If I decided to stay in a single place longer.


Would you let your hair grow?
Would you be open to changing your appearance and allowing your hair to grow?


I will forget
I decided to let go and not to dwell on it any further.


The favors that you owe
The things that you owe me as a return for my previously done favors.


I'm dreaming of car wrecks and thunderstorms are bright
Questioning the what-ifs, the persona visualises calamitous events.


Let's bury ourselves
Let's abandon our usual obligations and immerse ourselves in our desires.


And go haunt someone tonight
Let's cause trouble and arouse fear in somebody tonight.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Christopher Early, Mathew Brooke, Timothy Ian Meinig

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