"Tale of Coming News" is a song by The Avett Brothers that first appeared on their Untitled 2003 EP and as an iTunes exclusive track for 2007's Emotionalism. The song features Scott Avett on lead vocals and banjo and Seth on backup vocals and guitar.


Tales of Coming News (starts at 1-15) — The Avett Brothers — Riverview Church Holt Michigan 11.23

Tales of Coming News (starts at 1-15) — The Avett Brothers — Riverview Church Holt Michigan 11.23.08


I'm so tired of hearing tales of coming news
Telling tales of a changing sky
It's just a shame that I didn't notice you
Till someone I loved had to die

What made us think that this was so different?
Who is driving behind those things you say?
Why do you insult me and my friends?
Who are my friends anyway?

I've spent my life lying now I pay the price
Are these really words of a young man or a worthless human life?
I don't mean to scare you with the things I say
I take it back, yes it's a beautiful day

I watched you from the beach when your ship sailed
You made it clear that nothing stays the same
It's getting darker I wonder if you can tell
I wonder when it all had changed

You never used to let me go unveiled
I was so distracted, I never saw the rain
You promised you meant every word you said
I wonder when it all had changed

It hurts so bad to hear such pretty words
Coming from somebody like you
I've been looking for so long that I've lost touch
With what's the best, something to do

I've got a friend who makes good choices
Everybody likes the way that he sees things
I've got a problem and it walks me daily
Can't you see no one's proud of me

It's a long road alone and I'm not proving
Anything going by myself
When your love life is on and really moving
Oh sugar girl I do appreciate the help

I had my fun with money, gold, and diamonds
Thought went sour before they got to me
I'll be waiting girl, but don't go counting hours
I'm not waiting for any of the three

I was just a peasant from the highlands
She said, "Don't you call me your mountain girl"
I said, "Don't bother me, I'm trying to write and
Don't worry you ain't my mountain girl"

I can call you, but I'd probably make you cry
These days it's what you often times do
Call the preacher, then go call your father
Tell them that the wedding plans have moved

I sent a message, said I'd be gone forever
The letter of reply never came
She said that she'd be true but I wouldn't let her
I wonder when it all had changed

Hell has no fury like a woman
Happy, scorned, or otherwise
You can do what you want to with your name
But you can bet I'm changing mine

Well I'd give a hundred dollars to get a letter
If at the bottom, it said, "I miss you bad"
See, but the truth of the matter is no one back home really misses me
You see how I talk when I'm sad

Since I was young I've known a lot of women
Who said they'd give their love to me...

Untitled 2003 EP tracksEdit

Avett Untitled EP

Untitled 2003 EP
1. "In the Curve"
2. "Tale of Coming News"

Emotionalism tracksEdit

Emotionalism 2

10. "Living of Love"
11. "I Would Be Sad"
12. "Pretty Girl from San Diego"
13. "Go To Sleep"
14. "Hand Me Down Tune"
Bonus iTunes tracks:
15. "In the Curve"
16. "Tale of Coming News"