Well, you say that I treat you
Like a book on a shelf
I don't take you out that often
Because I know that I completed you
And that's why you are here
That's the reason you stay here
How awful that must feel

You said you'd be my dream
I could have you every night
And if by morning I'd forgotten you
Well, no big deal, that'd be all right
Because you're the reoccuring kind
You are the reoccuring kind
You never really leave my mind

Are you the love of my lifetime
Because there's been times I've had my doubts
We were just kids when I first kissed you
In the attic of my parents' house
And I wish we were there now
I took so long to figure out
What this book has been about

Now I write when I'm away
Letters that you'll never read
You said, "Go explore those other women
The geography of their bodies
But there's just one map you'll need
You're a boomerang you'll see
You will return to me

Well, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will, you will

Because if you don't, then this book's all lies
If you don't, then my plans would all be ruined
If you don't, I'll start drinking like the way I drank before
And I just won't have a future anymore"



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    General Comment:You said you'd be my dream
    I could have you every night
    And if by morning I'd forgotten you
    Well, no big deal, that'd be all right
    'Cause you're the re-occuring kind
    You never really leave my mind


    i love those lines.
    geoffkon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:i always thought that the girl in this story was always the one who returned to the boy (conor... i guess) but then the part with "explore those other women..." i wonder where the quote stops. the whole song could be told in the point of view of the girl and conor is really the one who keeps coming back. but then again maybe the quote stops at "geographies of their bodies" and the rest is told through conor. i don't know tho.

    this meaning to this song just hit me yesterday tho. i've always loved it and thought i understood it, but now i feel like i better understand it. as the song progresses, conor s becoming more desperate. he wants the girl to return to him like she always has in the past. i think he realized he loves her ("that took so long to figure out") maybe because the girl isn't returning and he realizes how much he misses/needs her. i seems like she's always been around for him, but when he only realizes the good he has once it's gone.

    the simple change in punctuation in "you will" shows this. he turns a confident "you will" (as in you willl return to me) into a desperate/pleading "will you?" (as in will you please return?) since he starts with you will. then goes into you? will. its hard to see that it's "will you?" and not "you? will." which doesn't really make sense.

    at the end of the song you see how truely desperate he is for her to return. "and i just won't have a future anymore".

    idk. i guess that's just the way i interpert the song. i think it's genius what a simple question mark can do. i love it. sorry for the extra lonnnng post.
    kris10xxon October 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:When my boyfriend had just broken up with me we still were talking from day to day and in the back of my mind I just kept thinking that he would come back to me, he had to, I mean he loved me right? But he didn't. I expected him to return to me just like a boomerang but because I cheated he didn't want me back. When he didn't come back I felt as if i had no future, I had nothing to look forward to but just drink the way I used to..
    Steady Withdrawon July 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:Conor Oberst doesn't just make music, he creates art. He's the goddamn Michaelangelo of the musical world. Something this beautiful should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
    Think_tomorrowon December 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:In the second verse, I think he says "what are you - occurring kind? you never really leave my mind"

    NezzieDaon October 27, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:This song is extremely simple in structure and narrative, I do not see how it's different point of views or complex in the nature which some have tried to make it.

    This is what can be extracted out of the lyrics;

    A guy is an asshole to his girlfriend.
    She sort of leaves him.
    He sort of blames her and keeps being an asshole to her (second, third and half of the fourth verse).
    Then, in the last section of the fourth verse, he's sort of denying or repressing the fact that she left him; pointing out that she will come back to him.
    And the last part's are the doubt's and anxiety that she'll perhaps not come back.

    There's no reason to make it more complex than this. It's very straightforward and do not display any impressing mastery of words or any of that sort. It's actually surprisingly prosaic.

    However, what makes this song good is that it taps into the nature of relationship between couples, when couples are just at the verge of disassociation, having broke up several times and gotten back together. But there's always that one break up that feels too real, like it's really over. And sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't and this is what this song expresses; the uncertainty of the future between people even though one might think that it'll be all right, there something intuitivly saying that it wont.
    sam9104on April 27, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song is about Conor's childhood sweetheart Neely Jenkins (singer in Tilly and the Wall). Here's a picture of them in what looks like a basement. fucknoiserock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/… They were in the band Park Ave. together and grew up in Omaha.

    Conor can never truly love Neely because he will always feel as if there is something, or someone, better out there. He feels a sense of comfort with her like he knows she will always be there. She is a piece of him and reminds him of his past, almost like being with her is nostalgic. Neely is sure of her love for Conor and feels a false sense of confidence in his love for her. Neely will always be a part of Conor, like a book on his shelf of life, tucked away and revisited from time to time.
    danielle141on April 04, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song! It reminds me of my boy next door who I've loved since I was 5. Now I think instead of saying "let's see other people", I'll say "go explore those other women. the geography of their bodies." What a beautiful way to put it! Yeah. It's such a beautiful song and very personal to me.
    scpinkstarson August 13, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This song is great, he has such a way with words. I love Conor Oberst. I wish I had heard his music sooner. He is the best!
    shortgirl_05on August 20, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Another song tied into a past song by Bright Eyes "We were just kids when i first kissed you in the attic of my parents house" and in Oh You Are The Roots That Sleep Beneath My Feet the first line goes "I met you through a common friend in the attic of my parents house"...If you look through Conor's songs, he does things such as this more often than you'd expect. Musical genius indeed.
    negatyveon August 26, 2002   Link

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