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Iron and Wine: Flightless Bird, American Mouth Meaning

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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
Then 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...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Dec 22nd 2012 report

    I was a quick wet boy
    diving too deep for coins
    all of your streetlight
    eyes wide on my plastic toys
    (they were young, innocent)

    then when the cops closed the fair
    I cut my long baby hair
    (they matured and grew up)

    Stole me a dog-eared map
    called for you everywhere
    (they grew apart, she lost herself)

    Have I found you?
    Flightless bird
    jealous, weeping
    (will he ever find the old girl? Will she be damaged, changed?)



    Or lost you
    American mouth
    big pill looming
    (is the old girl gone, lost to drugs?)

    Now I'm a fat house cat
    nursing my sore blunt tongue
    (he is old and crabby and defeated after never finding his girl)

    Watching the warm poison rats
    curl through the wide fence cracks
    (watching evil seep into the world)

    P***ing on magazine photos
    (scorning celebrities and idols)

    those fishing lures
    in the cold and clean
    Blood of Christ mountain stream
    (drawing people away from God)

    Have I found you?
    flightless bird
    grounded, bleeding
    (Have I found you after all this time, even though you're damaged?)

    Or lost you
    American mouth
    (Is it not really you?)

    Big pill
    stuck going down
    (It is her, she finally quit doing drugs)

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 5th 2010 report

    I was a quick wet boy, diving too deep for coins
    All of your street light eyes wide on my plastic toys
    Then when the cops closed the fair, I cut my long baby hair
    Stole me a dog-eared map and called for you everywhere (this is about a man who is in a relationship with 2 women...a rich woman and then a poor one. He is then forced to choose the rich one when she proposes to him...plus he wants ALOT of $$$. when he says "when the cops closed the fair"...it means the rich girl is "cop") (by the end he realizes that he is in love with the poor girl...and not the rich one and then he went out asking people if they seen the poor girl and eventually even looks for her too)

    Have I found you
    Flightless bird, jealous, weeping or lost you, american mouth
    Big pill looming (the flightless bird is the poor girl who is lost without him and he asked if the girl is gone forever(her american mouth is her lovely voice and maybe the sank he married has some type of accent. The poor girl is sad, and jealous. He asks if he has found her or lost her. The big pill looming is the "truth" that she is gone forever" and he must swallow it and get over it)

    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 (he's at the mansion (years have passed) where he is pampered. when he says warm poisen rats he means his family...he kind of hates them (he definatly hates the wife) because he wants a family with that poor girl)(when he says fishing and the blood of Christ mountain stream he is talking bout how the poor girl was innocent and how he is now lurred into that)

    Have I found you
    Flightless bird, grounded, bleeding or lost you, american mouth
    Big pill stuck going down (he thinks that the poor girl is most likely grounded to being depressed and is also bleeding out (meaning slowly dying)) by the end he stats that he will never get over her and the "truth" meaning the pill won't go down)




    yeah...this song is SAD if you think of it in that way =( =(

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 14th report

    The cat is America's rulers. The bird is its people.
    They offer a bitter pill & the people won't swallow it, it sticks in their throat. The people have been grounded but not willingly. The magazine, pissed on, is an interpretation of the use of celebrities as puppets to control the minions.
    Religion is an escape from reality and is as diving into a deep pool of nothing, It's not real.
    etc etc

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2013 report

    Sadly, yet another beautiful melody and production that has poorly written lyrics. Clearly not a professional songwriter, but a musician and producer type (95% of the population). Proof? Even if you can conjure up a meaning, it would be way too convoluted to be understandable but to the songwriter. Doesn't need to be you say? Then you are one of the 95%. If you could write profound lyrics (with or without double or hidden meanings), you would. Would a musician play a lesser riff? Would an arranger or producer put out a finished product that is of lesser quality than which they are capable?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. Rickk999
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    Jan 6th 2011 report

    I have made a site that gives all the details of the meaning of Flightless Bird

    https://sites.google.com/site/flightlessbirddeciphered/


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