yankee bayonet (i will be home then) lyrics – decemberists

soldier: heart-carved tree trunk, yankee bayonet
a sweetheart left behind
girl: far from the hills of the sea-swelled carolinas
that’s where my true love lies

soldier: look for me when the sun-bright swallow
sings upon the birch bough high
girl: but you are in the ground with the wolves and the weevils
all a’chew on your bones so dry

both: but when the sun breaks
to no more bullets in battle creek
then will you make a grave
for i will be home then

i will be home then
i will be home then
i will be home then
then

girl: when i was a girl how the hills of oconee
made a seam to hem me in
soldier: there at the fair, when our eyes caught careless
got my heart right pierced by a pin

soldier: but oh, did you see all the dead of man*ssas
all the bellies and the bones and the bile?
girl: no, i lingered here with the blankets barren
and my own belly big with child

both: but when the sun breaks
to no more bullets in battle creek
then will you make a grave
for i will be home then

i will be home then
i will be home then
i will be home then

soldier: stems and bones and stone walls too
both: keep me from you
soldier: this skein of skin is all too few
both: to keep me from you

both: but oh my love, though our bodies may be parted
though our skin may not touch skin
look for me with the sun-bright sparrow
i will come on the breath of the wind

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