Music Monday: “Boy with a Coin” by Iron & Wine

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Boy with a Coin”
Artist: Iron & Wine
Album: The Shepherd’s Dog (2007)

Lyrics taken from genius.com

[Verse 1]
A boy with a coin he found in the weeds
With bullets and pages of trade magazines
Close to a car that flipped on the turn
When God left the ground to circle the world

[Verse 2]
A girl with a bird she found in the snow
Then flew up her gown and that’s how she knows
That God made her eyes for crying at birth
Then left the ground to circle the Earth

[Verse 3]
A boy with a coin he crammed in his jeans
Then making a wish he tossed in the sea
Walked to a town that all of us burn
When God left the ground to circle the world

“Boy with a Coin”, by indie artist Iron & Wine, is a fairly straight forward song lyric-wise in its use of three verses that all play off the last line of the first verse. Finger-picked acoustic guitar slides in to supplement singer Sam Beam’s harmonized and layered vocal tracks which create an ethereal tone. Insistent, syncopated hand claps keep a persistent beat as percussion and bass guitar complement one another in the background. The imagery in the lyrics are easy to translate into mental pictures themselves of the snapshots Beam is describing, which adds to the full effect of the song.

If you enjoyed this song, please feel free to check out the artist’s social media accounts below!

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