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“Boy With A Coin” – Iron & Wine

This Monday’s song comes from singer-songwriter Samuel Beam, aka Iron & Wine. Beam grew up in South Carolina, but later moved to Florida to attain his MFA from Florida State University Film School. He then taught as a professor of film and cinematography at University of Miami and Miami International University of Art & Design until the release of his debut album The Creek Drank the Cradle in 2002. Now, ten years later, Iron & Wine have blessed the world with four studio albums and several EP’s. Beam lives in Dripping Springs, Texas with his wife and five, that’s right, five daughters.

Today’s song comes from Iron & Wine’s third studio album The Shepherd’s Dog, which was released in September of 2007 via Sub Pop Records. When asked about the record by The Independent, Beam said that “it’s not a political propaganda record, but it’s definitely inspired by political confusion, because I was really taken aback when Bush got reelected.”  You can hear that anger and angst when you listen closely to the lyrics of the song, they will paint you a stark and melancholy picture of lost hope in the world, a picture which is strangely at odds with the beautiful flamenco focus of the video. I think the combination works though, and the grace of the dancers only serves to highlight the sadness of the song, and vice versa.

Hope you enyoy, and keep an eye out for the dash of magical realism that accents the video.

Lyrics here.

More about Iron & Wine here.

Boy With a Coin - The Shepherd's Dog