Iron & Wine - Thomas County Law Lyrics




Thomas County Law's got a crooked tooth
Every traffic light is red when it tells the truth
The church bell isn't kidding when it cries for you
Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
Thomas County Road takes you where it will
Someone's singing on the far side of other hills
There's nowhere safe to bury all the time I've killed
Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
There's a couple ways to cross Thomas County Line
You can't see beyond the trees, they're too tall and wide
And I never seem to see around my brother's wife
Nobody looks away when the sun goes down

There are castles for kings, there are birds without wings
I could whine 'bout it all, but I won't

Thomas County Law's got a crooked tooth
There ain't a mother with a heart less than black and blue
When they hold 'em to the light, you can see right through
Every dreamer falls asleep in their dancing shoes
I may say I don't belong here, but I know I do

Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
Nobody looks away when the sun goes down





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  1. Cody Callihan

    I see what he sees. Violence is not the answer, but too many also think it's also not their problem.

  2. Akash Chowdhury

    Thomas County Law's got a crooked tooth
    Every traffic light is red when it tells the truth
    The church bell isn't kidding when it cries for you
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
    Thomas County Road takes you where it will
    Someone's singing on the far side of other hills
    There's nowhere safe to bury all the time I've killed
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
    There's a couple ways to cross Thomas County Line
    You can't see beyond the trees, they're too tall and wide
    And I never seem to see around my brother's wife
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down

    There are castles for kings, there are birds without wings
    I could whine 'bout it all, but I won't

    Thomas County Law's got a crooked tooth
    There ain't a mother with a heart less than black and blue
    When they hold 'em to the light, you can see right through
    Every dreamer falls asleep in their dancing shoes
    I may say I don't belong here, but I know I do

    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down

  3. Mario Loi

    Really nice and heartwarming, thanks old Sam.

  4. Clara J

    I love this song. Thank you, Spotify! And thank you, Sam Beam aka Iron and Wine!

  5. rodica zwilling

    wunderschön 🌹

  6. Manoj Raju

    I love this band, old school, rustic, full of soul...

  7. Nathaniel H

    All of his songs have meanings, don't know them all, but if I could sit down with any song artist and talk, it would be Sam. I mean, there are a lot of good song artists out there, but Sam, would have lessons to teach and stories to tell, and all with true meaning.

  8. Staci Koutsis

    This song is so eloquent and humble. I wish I knew what it meant but I think Sam just wants us to figure it out in a personal sense.

  9. Gustav Hörngren

    "I may say I don't belong here, but I know I do."

  10. Folkert Meeuw

    Erinnert mich an die Kulturscheune von Hubert Engels in Sevelen. Meine Alte Heimat. Und, womöglich meine Neue Heimat? Ich habe in Ostfriesland nie so einen Ort mit Freunden entdeckt. Nun, es heißt Abschied nehmen von dir und neue Wege gehen.

  11. Angel Solorio

    Upside down cross allbad

  12. Thomas Bowman

    lord love you.. because gods law is better than mans law... Does not a king love his subjects more than the common man? A king that serves and boast in his people.

  13. Eric Merklein

    His music is beautiful, and the lighting in this video is PERFECT! Hard to do

  14. Sean Meister

    'the church bell doesn't lie when it sings for you'.

    Taylor Kallnischkies

    "The church bell isnt kidding when it cries for you"

  15. E Sin

    "There are castles for kings. There are birds without wings." That's probably gonna be my favorite Lyric in music

  16. countrypaul

    My favorite I&W song so far.

  17. Schizoid

    Thomas County Law's got a crooked tooth
    Every traffic light is red when it tells the truth
    The church bell isn't kidding when it cries for you
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
    Thomas County Road takes you where it will
    Someone's singing on the far side of other hills
    There's nowhere safe to bury all the time I've killed
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
    There's a couple ways to cross Thomas County Line
    You can't see beyond the trees, they're too tall and wide
    And I never seem to see around my brother's wife
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down

    There are castles for kings, there are birds without wings
    I could whine 'bout it all, but I won't

    Thomas County Law's got a crooked tooth
    There ain't a mother with a heart less than black and blue
    When they hold 'em to the light, you can see right through
    Every dreamer falls asleep in their dancing shoes
    I may say I don't belong here, but I know I do

    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down
    Nobody looks away when the sun goes down

    countrypaul

    "There's nowhere safe to bury all the time I've killed" - what a lyric!

    Heather Konkoli

    Pure poetry. Every single line.

  18. Spring Owls

    This is such a good song. Excited to buy the album!

  19. LO viendo TV

    https://www.facebook.com/misan.plas.7/posts/1954351954811103

  20. missy lackey

    love you

  21. missy lackey

    doing it!!!!

  22. David Turner

    This is like Iron & Wine with an infusion of the National. Beautiful storytelling with a disjointed polyrhythm/time sign. Some comments say that this has no 'hook' or feel, but music should not always be easy to listen to. This is an intriguing mixture of both though.

    Lukas Bmr

    Also - the bridge definitely hooks enough for me!

    theskycavedin

    The hook is the refrian. That one line really moves me. How can people not see that?

  23. jasonsgroovemachine

    Can it be late August now, kay thanks.

  24. Hugo Jugy

    super boulot! from a french multi instrumentist

  25. New Alternative 40 Chart

    "Thomas County Law" debuted at #37 on the New Alternative 40 Chart this week:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GifLPveCWx8&list=PLxlSBzMcrtkPgH1OphuJNc8hpSuSr8c20&index=36

  26. Jay Harnish

    floored me

  27. FruitoftheTree

    For years sub pop has been a beacon for all. Personally, as one who's submitted to a subdued life I'm grateful to pull sub pop vid releases.

  28. All 1 Productions

    i dont want to kill this song, but i cant stop listening to it on repeat!!

  29. Zad Ras

    He's a really talented guy.

  30. Flávio Franco

    the vibe of the first records... love it!

  31. yu ku

    Nice beard and song.

  32. abstractswirls

    this song sounds Ray LaMontagne inspired. very nice

    countrypaul

    You can have worse influences!

    abstractswirls

    countrypaul Ray is awesome. one of the greats

  33. Cam Knopp

    Sam Beam needs to come out already and admit it...
    He's a time traveler from the 1800s

    Ken D

    Cam Knopp haha, that’s great!

  34. Frankie Lou

    GRACIAS SAM! ♥ TE AMO BARBUDITO.

  35. SOUMYAA H

    Wonderful song to start a day 💓💓

  36. κωστασσσ

    this sounds wonderfully familiar.

    Christian Lachèze

    1,2,3, 1, 2, 3 . This is the rhythm

  37. Amier Turner

    this two guys, Sam Beam and Josh TIllman have some in common, massive beard,country pop, and under subpop.Why don't they just collab already now they would be moon and sun

    ColonyofCells

    Amier Turner they also like to address a lot of the same existential themes in their music.

  38. Stephen Quinlan

    i just cant find/feel the rhythm or hook..is it just me? i love Sam. im a huge fam but i cant find the #melody:(

    Haarfagr

    Loads of melodies and rhythms here! Keep listening! :)

    Grace Mannen

    verses feel like a 6/8 rhythm. Like a dance

  39. PedroMO7U

    It's a nice birthday present for both you and me.

  40. Alex Kessler

    "every dreamer falls asleep in their dancing shoes"

  41. Just Some Trees

    alright based on the two singles so far, this is my record of the year

  42. Amber Darling

    What another great song with an amazing video. Sam can do no wrong. Happy birthday to a beautiful man.

  43. Gregory Gillie

    we LOVE YOU SAM - we saw you in Sonoma.
    -natalia and greg

  44. sneaker pimps

    дерьмо

  45. William Baxley

    I am currently deployed and I thank this man from the bottom of myself for this amazing music. I have been listening for over ten years and have never been dissapointed, only humbled and satisfied.

    “Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

    -Hunter S. Thompson

  46. Lola Pastel

    Literal, desperté y lo primero que hice fue ver el vídeo. Qué bella forma de comenzar el día! 💜

  47. Andrew Meador

    hope he puts his free bird cover on this one

  48. Hans Olsen

    Amazing!

  49. cyndy loguercio

    Wonderful! absolutely the best way to start out the day! puts things into prospective, ya know?

  50. Shane McNealy

    I like he's going for his older sounds again. Really refreshing.

    Indie Shuffle

    Best way to start the day <3

    Cralls Fickle

    I didn't get nervous or sad or disappointed or whatever negative feelings some did with his changing style for a few reasons.

    1. I liked it.
    2. His old songs are always still available
    3. (The relevant part) Bands always have an album where they return 'to their roots'

    Perhaps we're getting that 'roots' album

    J.J. & Jeff

    Fever Dream type of song. I love it too!! Our Endless Numbered Days type of Song

  51. Easy Munching

    i didn't knew them before *shame on me* but i have to say that it's so beautiful😍😍😍

    Xose Nogueira

    You mean "I didn't know HIM". Samuel Beam is his name.

  52. Annie McBride

    By far, the best way to wake up in the morning.

    Indie Shuffle

    Thought the exact same thing. Nothing better.

    Austin Hall

    There's a lot that's better.

  53. Gavin McCoy

    I wish I could sit around a campfire with Sam and listen to him tell stories

  54. Isis Petit

    L'émotion qui s'y dégage est si douce, si tendre. J'adore 😍

  55. Riva Khatiwada

    Oh.. It's lovely 😍

    Prazwol Aryal

    Riva Khatiwada Feels so good when nepalese people dig Iron and Wine :)

  56. AiwassTheGreat

    I screamed when I saw this in my news feed :O

  57. Rocky

    A new one for my repertoire.
    Thank you sam
    Greetings from Luxembourg

  58. Chahit Bansal

    as selfish as it may sound, I am glad I can call some songs and artists to be for people only like me

  59. Karen Becker

    Happy birthday today, Sam Beam !!! Your music is a gift to US !! :) Thank you.

  60. Juinfall

    Oh... it's not like I've been waiting for this moment all my life.

    Meggymoo

    Juin Fall Music Right!? I never clicked so fast!

    Kree Wilson

    I give you a 1/10. A light 1.

  61. Lauren Judith

    I didn't think I would like it so much, but this song is amazing!