Music Video Weekend: The Avett Brothers, “I and Love and You”

“Oh, Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in/Are you aware the shape I’m in”

Welcome to the mighty Avett Brothers, from their fabulous 2009 disk, “I and Love and You.” I can’t quite explain why this song connects so powerfully with me, maybe my years of living in Brooklyn, or the subtle, understated, almost mournful melody? Ah, who among us can understand what makes the heart sputter and stir?

I won’t bother trying to figure it out. Just sit back and enjoy.

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Load the car and write the note
Grab your bag and grab your coat
Tell the ones that need to know
We are headed north

One foot in and one foot back
But it don’t pay, to live like that
So i cut the ties and i jumped the tracks
For never to return

Ah Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape I’m in
My hands they shake my head it spins
Ah Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in

When at first I learned to speak
I used all my words to fight
With him and her and you and me
Oh but its just a waste of time
Yeah its such a waste of time

That woman shes got eyes that shine
Like a pair of stolen polished dimes
She asked to dance I said it’s fine
I’ll see you in the morning time

Ah Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape im in
My hands they shake my head it spins
Ah Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in

Three words that became hard to say
I and love and you
What you were then, I am today
Look at the things I do

Ah Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape I’m in
My hands they shake my head it spins
Ah Brooklyn Brooklyn take me in

Dumbed down and numbed by time and age
Your dreams to catch the world, the cage
The highway sets the travelers stage
All exits look the same

Three words that became hard to say
I and love and you
I and love and you
I and love and you

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