The Civil Wars

March 29, 2010 — 3 Comments

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For Fans of: The Swell Season, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, She & Him, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

I love the honesty of the lyrics for Poison and Wine.  I love the sound even more.  Who isn’t a sucker for a killer male/female duet? No one.

Joy Williams is known in the Christian industry for her 11 Dove Nominations, but now seems to be steering more towards music that is accessible to people of all faith backgrounds with her new endeavors in her band The Civil Wars.  Here are the lyrics for Poison and Wine, their first single I’ve posted above:

You only know what i want I you to
I know everything you don’t want me to
your mouth is poison your mouth is wine
you think your dreams are the same as mine

I don’t love you but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will
I always will

I wish you’d hold me when I turn my back
well the less I give the more I get back
your hands can heal, your hands can bruise
I don’t have a choice, but I’d still choose you

I don’t love you but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will

I don’t love you but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will
I don’t love you but I always will

I always will
I always will
I always will
I always will

Joy Williams has partnered with JP and has written a fantastic description of her new group, The Civil Wars:

Poison & Wine is a musical snapshot about the dichotomy of love – that while it can be the thing that destroys you, it can also be the very same thing that beckons and builds you. JP and I are both married have been for several years now – and we got to talking one day about what a tug and pull our individual relationships can be. The longer you know someone – and the longer you allow someone to know you – the more the light and shadows inside each person become more vivid. This song was our attempt at being as brutally honest about the dangerous and beautiful process of knowing and being known. (-Joy Williams, The Civil Wars)

One of my favorite lines in the song shows the awesome commitment to their spouses: Your hands can heal, your hands can bruise. I don’t have a choice, but I’d still choose you. The first part of the lyric shows the complexity of a human relationship.  With every interaction, we can make a positive influence in someone’s life or damage them with our words.  The second part of the lyric explores our uncommitted world.  This lyric is very important, and to me, says, “even if I had the choice to leave, with all of our hardships and differences, I still choose you, because I love you. I always will.”

You can download their music for free below at NoiseTrade:

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Like or Dislike? What does the song “Poison and Wine” mean to you?

Do you agree with their description of the realities of love?

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Jonathan Sigmon

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3 responses to The Civil Wars

  1. Great song. I think I’ve listened to it a dozen times in the past couple days. Thanks for the recommendation.

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