Essential Song:mewithoutYou-In A Sweater Poorly Knit


Oh, so I forgot to warn you when we started this Essential Song series that there would be a lot of mewithoutYou on in. They just write really amazing, beautiful and unique songs, and we have to include them. Just to get this out of the way, you will also see a lot of Wovenhand, Josh Garrels, and a few others. This gorgeous song features equal parts self examination and spiritual revelation that it could double as a praise song to sing in your church. This video was taken from Cornerstone Fest a few years back when they played the main stage. They invited a few of their buddies on stage, including Timbre. Enjoy this as you read the lyrics…

In a sweater poorly knit, and an unsuspecting smile
Little Moses drifts downstream in the Nile
A fumbling reply, an awkward, rigid laugh
I’m carried helpless by my floating basket raft
Your flavor in my mind swings back and forth
between sweeter than any wine, and bitter as mustard greens
Light and dark as honeydew and pumpernickel bread
The trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead

As you plow some other field and try and forget my name,
see what harvest yields, and, supposing I’d do the same
I planted rows of peas, but by the first week of July
they should have come up to my knees but they were maybe ankle high
Take the fingers from your flute to weave your colored yarns,
and boil down your fruit to preserves in mason jars
But now books are overdue and the goats are underfed
The trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead

You’re a door without a key, a field without a fence
You made a holy fool of me, and I’ve thanked you ever since
If she comes circling back, we’ll end where we’d begun
Like two pennies on the train track the train crushed into one
Or if I’m a crown without a king, if I’m a broken, open seed
If I come without a thing, I come with all I need
No boat out in the blue, no place to rest your head
The trap I set for you seems to have caught my leg instead

I do not exist
Only You exist
I do not exist

You can purchase this song on Amazon MP3 and Mewithoutyou - Brother, Sister - In a Sweater Poorly Knit

What was Aaron trying to say with all the metaphors of farming and crops?
Is this mewithoutYou‘s version of worship music?


  1. Adam says:

    Love this song, especially the outro. Claiming that only God exists despite of the mirage of our “self-awareness” is the epitome of worship music. Also love that you will be posting more Josh Garrels and Wovenhand, as they (along with mewithoutYou) round out the “holy trinity” of my listening selection. Hope to see Garrels’ “Zion and Babylon” on here soon, as well as a new one off mewithoutYou’s latest, “The King Beetle on a Coconut Estate.” It may be the best song ever written (no joke) and paired with the following “Allah, Allah, Allah” makes the finest conclusion to an album I’ve ever heard (Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead included–Even better than the last two tracks on Arcade Fire’s “Neon Bible”). What are your thoughts on “It’s All Crazy. It’s all False. It’s all a Dream. It’s Alright.”? Different? Yes. Eccentric? Yes. Embodiment of Truth? Absolutely.

  2. ian says:

    It is defiantly a newer direction for the band, although true MWY fans saw it coming for a long time. In fact I see “Sweater..” as a precursor to the whole new album. I truly love the sweetness of the whole disc, and think that the bizarre metaphor-upon-metaphor lyrical style is a lot of fun. The only thing I miss is Aaron’s traditional vocal style, which is one of the defining elements of the band for me. Other than that it is very high in my “albums of the year” list..

    we are working on these songs, so hopefully some more of your favorites will pop up, thanks for reading..

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