“Innocent Bones” by Iron and Wine

“Innocent Bones” by Iron and Wine

September 11, 2018 0 By CPE

Cain got a milk-eyed mule from the auction

Abel got a telephone

And even the last of the blue-eyed babies know

That the burning man is the color of the end of day

And how every tongue that gets bit always has another word to say


Cain bought a blade from some witch at the window

Abel bought a bag of weed

And even the last of the brown-eyed babies see

That the cartoon king has a tattoo of a bleeding heart


There ain’t a penthouse Christian wants the pain of the scab,

but they all want the scar.


How every mouth sings of what it’s without

so we all sing of love


And how it ain’t one dog who’s good at f****** and

denying who he’s thinking of


Cain heard a cat tumble limp off the rooftop

Abel heard his papa pray

And even the last of the black-eyed babies say

That every saint has a chair you can borrow

and a church to sell

That the wind blows cold across the

back of the master and the kitchen help

There’s a big pile of innocent bones

still holding up the garden wall

And it was always the broken hand

we learned to lean on after all


How God knows if Christ came back

he would find us in a poker game

After finding out the drugs were all free

but they won’t let you out the door again