Future Islands - A Song For Our Grandfathers Lyrics




Been a long time, in a low place
Surrounded by what I have made
Need to get away
Get away from what relates
And what was done

Cuz it's all over now

Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf
And carve my name
In the lines, there's not a trace
I hear the ghost whisper, and those old eyes watching me
But I feel safe
Grandfather looking over me

He said
Don't make them wait
Gotta go a long way
Let's be brave
Don't make them wait
Nah, don't make them wait

I sat down, with a coffee on my bent knee
Looking out, at the burnt land, looking back at me
These used to be green crops
And high on a summer breeze
No it's fallow fields and clear-cut barren weeds

They said that if I stared
The abyss would stare back at me
So I did
And I felt it slowly creep in me

Save for the smoke, that danced when I took a drag
It made me think about the way it all came to be

Grandmama watching over me

And she said
Don't make them wait
Gotta go a long way
Let's be brave
Show them the way
Nah, don't make them wait

Don't make them wait, nah
Don't make them wait

I hear the ghost whisper
And those old eyes watching me
But I feel safe
I feel safe





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Future Islands A Song For Our Grandfathers Comments
  1. Anthony Trang

    Bring back future islands!!! Would love to see you guys in stranger things

  2. Paulo Alex

    essa musica me da uma saudade da minha família reunida
    era muita risada!! uma alegria contagiante
    hj grande maioria partiu para andar de cima!

  3. Justina Garcia

    ❤️💙🙈🙉🙊

  4. DMNK 154

    I could write pages about what this songs means to me. To me, the song feels like it's partially about why the field became barren in the first place and part of it stems from not being able to express yourself for fear of making waves. He, and now me, is imagining what that must have been like for them to go through and then saying to them "It's ok. We can be ok. But we have to be brave or it will never work." And it's tinged with sorrow for them because they never really got to "Be Brave" for themselves while they were alive. The video just adds to the message. It's beautiful.

  5. Houdini Hensley

    What a wonderful video and beautiful song

  6. art matters

    what a great video, great song, music, family and community.

  7. korniienko oleh

    yung lean is it u 1:50?

  8. Werle Mountain Art

    Such a wonderful song and video.

  9. Petrus Delassio

    What a beautiful group of people and Sam we love you.

  10. Werle Mountain Art

    Future Islands is a family-friendly talent. God bless you guys and bless your music too!

  11. eric rabaey

    Everything about this song is soooo great!

  12. melody jean

    Love, love this guy’s voice. Very talented. I was raised by my grandparents. L.O.V.E. this S.O.N.G...

  13. monrezee

    The band members hugging family makes me smile.

  14. Jimmie ALLEN

    Just discovered Future Islands...I heard this song and spent a whole work week trying to discover who this was. Seriously, my new favorite band. Will watch for shows in Dallas and tell everybody I know to check these guys out. SO FN AWESOME. Best of luck to these guys.

  15. dr. sues

    Wholesome... had me at the moleskine. As the beat slowly creeps in.

  16. Mo Hin

    I cannot say I understand the meaning of the lyrics

  17. Greg Y

    First time I have cried in 10 years. Long live Future Islands

  18. Daniel Berry

    Best music video ever from anyone who's ever had a family. So everybody.

    BarryEssex

    *white family

  19. Mariah Miller

    i think i can account for at least 1000 of those views! Love love this band

  20. Chris wilson

    Love it. The second song I like by these. The lead singer is mint live

  21. Do All Things With Kindness

    Absolutely AmAzInG song 💜💜 How in the world do you guys come up with the most beautiful beats to your music........
    Absolutely breathtaking song

  22. Sasquatch10

    This is the most wholesome music video/song i've ever seen.

  23. D L

    You make life better! Thank you so much!

  24. Maximum Volume

    I would love to hear a collaboration with Future Islands, Depeche Mode, and The Horrors...

    Just one really slick/dark electrotune for everybody...

  25. Sonny W

    Best thing to come from Baltimore in a long time.

    Andrea Lynn

    Sorry...Their From NC...My Kids went to their same schools. Either way... ❤️ Future Islands

  26. Yael Rodriguez Cuapio

    Such a great song, almost three years ago my Granma passed away, It's been a shadow time for me, but I'm now reframing all of this, thanks for this song, my granma wanted me to be brave and strong :D

  27. megadezzies cat cat

    I love the song and band. Thanks to Austin City Limits for having it on kedt.org

  28. First Last

    I came for the band. I came back for that fucking guitar riff

  29. Luz Aguirre

    This is so sentimental & awesome
    LOVE that it was in their hearts to make this homage

  30. Waga

    Wow, this is awsome !

  31. Timothy O'Neil

    love this band!

  32. Gregg Arnold

    Lyrics: Been a long time, in a low place
    Surrounded by what I have made
    Need to get away
    Get away from what relates
    And what was done
    Cuz it's all over now
    Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf
    And carve my name
    In the lines, there's not a trace
    I hear the ghost whisper, and those old eyes watching me
    But I feel safe
    Grandfather looking over me
    He said:
    Don't make them wait
    Gotta go a long way
    Let's be brave
    Don't make them wait
    Nah, don't make them wait
    I sat down, with a coffee on my bent knee
    Looking out, at the burnt land, looking back at me
    These used to be green crops
    And high on a summer breeze
    No it's fallow fields and clear-cut barren weeds
    They said that if I stared
    The abyss would stare back at me
    So I did...
    And I felt it slowly creep in me
    Save for the smoke, that danced when I took a drag
    It made me think about the way it all came to be
    Grandmama watching over me
    And she said
    Don't make them wait
    Gotta go a long way
    Let's be brave
    Don't make them wait
    Nah, don't make them wait
    Don't make them wait, nah
    Don't make them wait
    I hear the ghost whisper
    And those old eyes watching me
    But I feel safe
    I feel safe

  33. Tony Walker

    Got the feeling deep man.love it..

  34. Annie Lol

    I´m in love with Samuel Herring, sexy, sweet and tender man

  35. rpastevens Stevens

    I wanna here the negatives on this one 16 year olds to 30 lol

  36. Don Birnam

    Loved these guys just after hearing Tinman but this song is very special and makes me remember Pop Pop and Grammy, i miss you both so much and you taught me everything. See you again someday, love you so much, Will.

  37. lacorporaciondelhurt

    Please tell me that those people are their real family and friends

    J Roy

    I bet they are. They are originally from North Carolina, and you see the NC State shirt etc in the video

    lacorporaciondelhurt

    Beautiful

  38. Rose Muhdz

    Been a long time, in a low place
    Surrounded by what I have made
    Need to get away
    Get away from what relates
    And what was done
    Cuz it's all over now
    Through the woods, I come running to loose leaf
    And carve my name
    In the lines, there's not a trace
    I hear the ghost whisper, and those old eyes watching me
    But I feel safe
    Grandfather looking over me
    He said:
    Don't make them wait
    Gotta go a long way
    Let's be brave
    Don't make them wait
    Nah, don't make them wait
    I sat down, with a coffee on my bent knee
    Looking out, at the burnt land, looking back at me
    These used to be green crops
    And high on a summer breeze
    No it's fallow fields and clear-cut barren weeds
    They said that if I stared
    The abyss would stare back at me
    So I did...
    And I felt it slowly creep in me
    Save for the smoke, that danced when I took a drag
    It made me think about the way it all came to be
    Grandmama watching over me
    And she said
    Don't make them wait
    Gotta go a long way
    Let's be brave
    Don't make them wait
    Nah, don't make them wait
    Don't make them wait, nah
    Don't make them wait
    I hear the ghost whisper
    And those old eyes watching me
    But I feel safe
    I feel safe

    Jean Christie

    Rose Muhdz a

  39. Helen Gersch

    love this group

  40. Daniel AMS

    I love songs boys i like men good bless from México son la verga

  41. Vanessa Rare

    Love this band, brilliant ❤️

  42. slowfaller

    so GD good

  43. ray dunlap

    love seems like a making up of hey i did i make music for a living wonderful loves it

  44. Andy Eby

    I THE LOVE THE MUSIC THEY PRODUCE AND SING ABOUT LIFE. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THEY COULD COME TO MY HOME TOWN IN MID - AMERICA CARTHAGE, MISSOURI FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE. PRAYING FOR YOUR SAFE TRAVELS THROUGH OUT THE WORLD. THANK YOU, ANDY

  45. Wow Cool Meme

    OMG Smithfield! That's where my mother's parents are from!!!!

  46. Flávio Almeida

    Enterprise sound starting the video.

  47. icemouf7480

    💎💵

  48. Chris Hmmm

    What a dandy

  49. Don Birnam

    who would hear this song and give it a thumbs down? haha

  50. Andrew McGrath

    Everyone looks healthy

  51. sBcphotography89

    4:36 gets me right in the feels. you can tell he's holding back the tears, as he gazes up to the sky as if he is seeing his grandparents right there.

  52. bigalbowski78

    Fucking love this band❤️

  53. Donald Lee

    North Carolina💗

  54. Lianne Garriock

    lovely x

  55. Татьяна Морс

    Очень хорошая группа !!!!!!!!!

  56. justwondering

    Hey guys you're awesome, I love your Indie handcrafted music and videos, so original, so authentic, so unique. You are an island in the ocean of commercial BS. Greetings from Colombia,

  57. Ink Pen

    jason park anyone?

  58. elvmltr

    if all is right in the world,these guys are gonna be fucking stars

  59. Pamela Condron

    This. You. Are what's been missing in my life. Just bought up all your albums.

  60. justwondering

    best band at all!! I always enjoy this band. love the craft involved, the authenticity.

  61. Lazaro Diaz

    You guys are amazing.... Great song, great band, great video. Compliments are the enemy of art. But I have nothing to criticize. I'm not a music expert. I just know your music got soul. Bono introduced Future Islands.

  62. flips300021

    Pure and Wow!!! I bought the album for me and two others. My Dad is 82. my Step is 76. My special friend is 44. I am 55. My Daughters are aged 22 and 19. Do the maths. pure Wow
    !!!

  63. dave havery

    im a mod and into 60s music, thought these guys were a bit weird at first now I play their songs and videos non stop a dream of you & me my favourite at the moment.

  64. Nathaniel Hornblower

    Sam's performances exquisitely demonstrate how I feel when I listen to great music. He's an incredible performer and artist

  65. Braindestructor

    I lost my loved grandfather today and i thought of this song.
    He was the strongest man i ever knew, he cheated death for 30 years of pain, he had scars all over his body from surgerys but he always kept fighting, he was always happy, always had the humor on top, he was a real survivor until this day 2017-03-07.
    I will never forget you my dear grandfather, you was a real rolemodel.
    You will forever live in my mind and heart until i see you when my time here is over <3
    Thank you Future Islands for this song.

    Allyson Bartling

    Future Islands has a way of helping you grieve in a very positive way. At least for me. Sorry about your Grandfather

    Renato Rajzer

    My grandfather died 06.01.2016. when he was 88. For me he was also rolemodel. He never told too much but when he spoke it was directly from his hart. We often had a beer together. I miss him.

    ingenious4t

    Respect to your loved ones impacting our lives forever

  66. Nathaniel Hornblower

    Quite simply one of the most beautiful song/video combo's I've ever seen. Cried my eyes out on first listen

  67. Tulio Oñate y el Vlog de los Techno Gordos.

    Great band!! a unique style and the singer reminds me a little bit of David Thomas of Pere Ubu, he sings heart felt lyrics and that makes an important difference.

  68. Lone Jensen

    I just love this band

  69. henrique garcia

    jason park video part

  70. edgardo gregorini

    This band is so awesome, good people and sanity. Beautiful place footage. The real americans

    rpastevens Stevens

    edgardo gregorini lol real Americans... most of us

  71. PancakeBooty04

    Do you not associate with any people of colour?

    B B

    PancakeBooty04 have you ever asked people of color that question about white people? GTFO.

  72. gare krishna

    Mang, Future Islands are fuken tits

  73. Osiir

    Been a long time in a low place, surrounded by what I've made.

  74. martinmitm

    prädikat besonders wertvoll

  75. Daniel Knower

    anyone have a guitar tab for this?

  76. bglick21

    4AD records never ceases to disappoint me. I am new to Future Islands, but love everything I have from them instaneously kind of similar to the way when i first heard Kitchens Of Distinction. Keep on keepin on Future Islands and i will keep on listening.

    Jordan Cole

    i think you mean to say never ceases to amaze* you.

  77. Matt Maki

    What can you tell me about death

  78. kimber815

    I've been a fan of Future Islands for a while but just now stumbled across this video. It took me back to the days when I'd watch MtV and watch music videos until the wee hours. Some would stick with me and I'd want to see them again right away. Well back then you'd have to be lucky to catch it again. Now I'll just hit replay. Love these guys.

  79. Todd Tudor

    fuck this Rob Thomas acid trip bullshit. this dude sounds like he should be in daughtry or some shit. fuck this. FUCK THIS.

    sBcphotography89

    Damn dude, it ain't that serious...

    Loose Seal

    Such anger... such a waste of time...

    Pulseczar1

    It's funny that despite knowing that down-thumb button, on YouTube comments, no longer has any function, I still click it.

    Taco Bell Valet

    ""Rob Thomas Acid Trip" would be a great band name.

  80. Robert Zurn

    Perfect

  81. Rich Giles

    One of the best tracks I've heard in a long, long time.

  82. espinaca

    Gran disco!

  83. johnthedj1125

    love the message in this song

  84. Tína Villirós

    This song has a save and permanent place in my heart, thank you for giving it to me!

  85. D0wnshift

    First listen, instant classic in my mind.
    Literally every song I have listened to by Future Island.
    I have not purchased music in probably over 10 years.
    Until today. Purchased all their albums.

    Petula Tuohy

    First album I've purchased in +10yrs (approx ) was The Far Field a few wks ago! I get you😉

    Sasquatch10

    I just purchased their first album! Im going to listen to it for a month then get their second album, listen to that for a month and continue until i've really embraced all of their music.

    Offaly O1

    Dude, go for it....only one shot at life after all!

    Lincoln knight

    Im the same way. Its very seldom i find music that i like. We must kinda have the same taste in music. Do u have any bands u can recommend. thanks, Christina.

  86. Esmeralda Garcia

    J'aime ce groupe.....cette voix.....leurs musiques.....les mots ajoutés qui savent toucher. Merci l'artiste.

  87. Edith Albert

    trop trop bien j adore vivement leur venue chez nous

  88. Sarah Moore

    I love this song and video. Thanks for making both.

  89. Rex Russell

    awww jeez, now which version do I have on my playlist?? The "un-official" video is so excellent it makes me cry, but I love this one too. Best to have both I think!

  90. Ana Moiteiro

    This guys are deep. Cool

  91. maximilian warne

    my favourite song of 2015

  92. stratboy Lc

    Every sight and sound of this video moved me. Thanks FI.

  93. Archer

    wow i love this thanks again future islands

  94. Margaret Mallen

    Just perfect! Love this band and video!

  95. Andrés Orbea

    ¡Wow! ¡Hermosa canción!

  96. Itz Red

    just superb!!!!

  97. Randal Thorpe

    Wow!!!! only just found this band.... amazed!