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Around the Well
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Iron & Wine
Sub Pop Records
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Release Date
May 19, 2009

Collecting songs ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released, Around the Well spans Iron & Wine’s earliest sessions which yielded the band’s debut (2002’s The Creek Drank the Cradle) through material recorded for 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. The double-disc Around the Well collection is broken up into two sections. The first half is an assortment of hushed home recordings, unedited and raw, and the second highlights moments captured in the confines of proper studios with the help of other musicians, friends and engineers. The album’s title comes from a line in the song “The Trapeze Swinger,” a fan favorite which was written for and included in the movie In Good Company. Three more songs written and recorded for the film finally make their appearance here as well: “Belated Promise Ring,” “God Made the Automobile” and “Homeward, These Shoes.” Around the Well also brings together hard-to-find covers such as The Flaming Lips’ “Waitin’ for a Superman” and New Order’s “Love Vigilantes,” along with one of Iron and Wine’s earliest originals, “Sacred Vision.”

Digital Tracklist

Disc 1

  1. 1 Dearest Foresaken 3:49 Buy

    Dearest Foresaken

  2. 2 Morning 2:41 Buy


  3. 3 Loud as Hope 2:56 Buy

    Loud as Hope

  4. 4 Peng! 33 3:28 Buy

    Peng! 33

  5. 5 Sacred Vision 3:19 Buy

    Sacred Vision

  6. 6 Friends They Are Jewels 4:14 Buy

    Friends They Are Jewels

  7. 7 Hickory 4:35 Buy


  8. 8 Waitin' for a Superman 4:34 Buy

    Waitin' for a Superman

  9. 9 Swans and the Swimming 3:24 Buy

    Swans and the Swimming

  10. 10 Call Your Boys 3:47 Buy

    Call Your Boys

Disc 2

  1. 1 Communion Cups and Someone's Coat 2:02 Buy

    Communion Cups and Someone's Coat

  2. 2 Belated Promise Ring 3:45 Buy

    Belated Promise Ring

  3. 3 God Made the Automobile 3:54 Buy

    God Made the Automobile

  4. 4 Homeward, These Shoes 1:34 Buy

    Homeward, These Shoes

  5. 5 Love Vigilantes 3:26 Buy

    Love Vigilantes

  6. 6 Sinning Hands 5:30 Buy

    Sinning Hands

  7. 7 No Moon 4:15 Buy

    No Moon

  8. 8 Serpent Charmer 2:39 Buy

    Serpent Charmer

  9. 9 Carried Home 6:31 Buy

    Carried Home

  10. 10 Kingdom of the Animals 5:05 Buy

    Kingdom of the Animals

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