Sammy the Seal

“You said you were in love with me– both of us know that that’s impossible”

In vinyl on Thursday, 15 December, 2011 at 22:49


Song: All My Little Words
Artist: The Magnetic Fields
Album: 69 Love Songs, Volume 1

I don’t listen to The Magnetic Fields as much these days, so it only makes sense that I’d forgotten that this is one of my all-time favorite songs. Everything gets to me, everything is in its place and works perfectly– the guitar, the banjo, the cello, the baritone, the heartbreaking melody that sticks to your brain, the sting of the lyrics (I can’t pick a favorite verse, each one has great lines). Years and years later, still a great fucking song. What a classic.

La parole:

You are a splendid butterfly
It is your wings that make you beautiful
And I could make you fly away
but I could never make you stay

You said you were in love with me
Both of know that that’s impossible
And I could make you rue the day
but I could never make you stay

Not for all the tea in China
not if I could sing like a bird
not for all North Carolina
not for all my little words
not if I could write for you
the sweetest song you ever heard
It doesn’t matter what I do
not for all my little words

Now that you’ve made me want to die
you tell me that you’re unboyfriendable
and I could make you pay and pay
but I could never make you stay

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