"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

9.14.2005

In the Reins

The long-awaited collaboration between Iron & Wine and Calexico is fantastic. I'm a big fan of both acts and expected it to be good, but WOW. Between Sam Beam's lyrics, Calexico's sense of music, AND Joey Burns's dreamy good looks, I cannot WAIT for their show at Stubb's next month. These lyrics from the track "Sixteen, Maybe Less" should give you an idea of how good it is:

"Beyond the ridge to the left, you asked me what I want
Between the trees and cicadas singing around the pond
'I've spent an hour with you, should I want anything else'

One grinning wink like the neon on a liquor store
We were sixteen, maybe less, maybe a little more
I walked home smiling, I finally had a story to tell

And though an autumn time lullaby
Sang our newborn love to sleep
My brother told me he saw you there
In the woods one Christmas Eve, waiting

I met my wife at a party when I drank too much
My son is married and tells me we don't talk enough
Call it predictable, yesterday my dream was of you

Beyond the ridge to the west, the sun had left the sky
Between the trees and the pond, you put your hand in mine
Said, 'Time has bridled us both, but I remember you too'

And though an autumn time lullaby
Sang our newborn love to sleep
I dreamt I traveled and found you there
In the woods one Christmas eve, waiting."

Lyrics by Sam Beam

Getting exactly at what first love is like is only the beginning of this fantastic ep. And I'm not the only one who thinks so.

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