this clock's beautiful, but can't keep time

I bought a new Iron & Wine a few weeks ago, and I've been listening to it on repeat. It's a collection of B-sides and kitchen table recordings. I love it. The song that's been stuck in my head as of late is called 'beyond the fence'. It goes like this:

 

Two flat tires on the Model T
Two birds fighting for a worm
Faded squares like snowy TV screens
Where your photographs were hung

Keep Old Glory folded on a shelf
In a cabinet full of guns
Sell that engine block to someone else
Maybe they can make it run

How'd that calf get out beyond the fence?
How'd that hole get in your jeans?
Movie show was once but twenty cents
That mud there was once a stream

The moon is high, your nose is burnt
Your dog is gone
Your mouth is dry, the milk is turned
But Barbara's home

Hand in hand you watch the sun go down
Colored lullabye of God
Barbara wears her mother's old nightgown
Sleeping with a nightlight on

White sheet blowing on a short clothesline
New tree bending to the breeze
This clock's beautiful but can't keep time
What's that scar on both your knees?

The moon is high, your nose is burned
Your dog is gone
Your mouth is dry, the milk has turned
But Barbara's home

this clock's beautiful, but can't keep time, mixed media on canvas, 24x24 (in)

this clock's beautiful, but can't keep time, mixed media on canvas, 24x24 (in)

I listened to it as I worked on this piece from one of my adventures in PEI last summer. This is a bright red dirt driveway in the small community of Nufrage. The imagery of described in this song reminded me of the smattering of things we saw and explored on PEI; abandoned farmsteads, old roads, old churches. Places full of history and memories. You can almost feel the ghosts of these places lingering in the far corners, as time slowly pans with a video camera across the entire scene, achingly slow so that you catch every detail on the way by. Like how the heat of mid-summer makes time thick and slow. It seemed fitting to give this piece a title that came from the song I listened to repeatedly while working on it.