Why do I like this song so much? I have no idea. A stranger title I have rarely seen. Sometimes it just works out that way but I find that the melody and even the strange words have worked their rare magic on me and I find myself wanting to play this tune over and over again. In fact the Twilight dudes liked this song so much there is a wedding version in Breaking Dawn Part 1 which is the version I have for your listening pleasure.

Wow. It sure brings you back to the beginning. Seems like such a long time ago now. And hopefully you do remember this song from Catherine Hardwicke’s angsty first movie? It was the song Bella and Edward danced to under all those twinkling lights. It is admittedly a song that tugs on the heartstrings even though I have absolutely no idea what every verse means. But does it really matter when you like a song if you understand the true meaning of the lyrics?

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There can be so many interpretations to one song that unless you ask the artist who wrote it the actual meaning of the lyrics one shall never know. Unless of course the words are so obvious in their storytelling like Theory of a Dead Man and Bryan Adams like to do quite well. This song is not one of those kinds of songs. It’s meaning is ubiquitous in its elusiveness. Or maybe it’s what it means to the listener that makes a person like a song? I don’t know. All I know is I like this song. And this wedding version makes you feel like we’ve come full circle, yeah? And how happy and nostalgic did you feel when this melody wound its unassuming way throughout the beginning beats of Breaking Dawn? Anyhoo, enjoy the song. I know I do. :)

Without further ado here is “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine. And if anyone can dissemble the meaning of these swanky lyrics please fell free to leave me a comment and share your knowledge so we can all feel enlightened!

“Flightless Bird, American Mouth” Lyrics

I was a quick wet boy
Diving too deep for coins
All of your street light eyes
Wide on my plastic toys
And when the cops closed the fair
I cut my long baby hair
Stole me a dog-eared map
And called for you everywhere

Have I found you?
Flightless bird, jealous, weeping
Or lost you?
American mouth
Big pill looming

Now I’m a fat house cat
Nursing my sore blunt tongue
Watching the warm poison rats
Curl through the wide fence cracks
Pissing on magazine photos
Those fishing lures thrown in the cold and clean
Blood of Christ mountain stream

Have I found you?
Flightless bird, grounded, bleeding
Or lost you?
American mouth
Big pill stuck going down


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