The Nine of Coins seeks a hiding place as Winter closes in. Of all the Nines, this one is most closely tied to IX. Soft As Chalk. The doves settle to sleep, preparing to brave the cold days. Though as a species they are migratory, many of these birds will stay put year-round. The narrator of “Autumn” feels her body age along with the Earth as she watches possessions, people, and places all slip away. The cast-away wishbone, a reference to another lyric in the song, represents a wish either unfulfilled or rejected. The monotony of the days amplifies nostalgia for things lost, and this hibernation is colored with regret.