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​The Crane Wife 1 & 2

This song is by The Decemberists and appears on the album The Crane Wife (2006).

Original video
Part one

It was a cold night and the snow lay 'round
I pulled my coat tight against the falling down
And the sun was all, and the sun was all down
And the sun was all, and the sun was all down

I am a poor man, I have not wealth nor fame
I have my two hands and a house to my name
And the winter's so, the winter's so long
And the winter's so, the winter's so long

And all the stars were crashing 'round
As I laid eyes on what I'd found

It was a white crane, it was a helpless thing
Upon a red stain with an arrow in its wing
And it called and cried, it called and cried so
And it called and cried, it called and cried so

And all the stars were crashing 'round
As I laid eyes on what I'd found
My crane wife, my crane wife
My crane wife, my crane wife

Now I helped her and I dressed her wounds
And how I held her beneath the rising moon
And she stood to fly, she stood to fly away
She stood to fly, she stood to fly away

And all the stars were crashing 'round
As I laid eyes on what I'd found
My crane wife, my crane wife
My crane wife, my crane wife

La la, la la la...

Part two

My crane wife arrived at my door in the moonlight
All star bright and tongue-tied, I took her in

We were married and bells rang sweet for our wedding
And our bedding was ready, when we fell in

Sound the keening bell and see it's painted red
Soft as fontanelle, the feathers in the thread
And all I ever meant to do was to keep you
My crane wife, my crane wife, my crane wife

We were poorly, our fortunes fading hourly
And how she avowed me she could bring it back

But I was greedy, I was vain, and I forced her to weaving
On a cold loom in a closed room, with down wove

Sound the keening bell and see it's painted red
Soft as fontanelle, the feathers in the thread
And all I ever meant to do was to keep you
My crane wife, my crane wife, my crane wife

There's a bend in the wind and it rakes at my heart
There is blood in the thread and it rakes at my heart
It rakes at my heart, heart, heart, heart

Heart, heart, heart, heart, heart, heart, heart, heart, my crane wife