Laura, are you still living there
On your estate of sorrows?
You used to leave it occasionally
But now you don't even bother
To ride that commuter train, west to Chicago
To stroll through the greenery in the park past the statues
How their eyes seemed to follow you like a hated addiction
Their beauty carved out of absolutes that you could never claim
Or even envision
Laura, you were the saddest song
In the shape of a woman
Yeah, I thought you were beautiful
But I wept with your movements
But I hope that you're laughing now from that place on the carpet
Where we shared a sleeping bag in your sister's apartment
Oh, how she would worry so
You know, I was just a stranger
But she asked me to care for you, yes she did
And I went and betrayed her
But do you know we're in high demand, Laura, us people who suffer
Because we don't take to arguing
And we're quick to surrender
Well, I think I would call tonight if I still had your number
Your thoughts have always lain close to mine
Yeah, we were both skipping supper
But you should never be embarrassed by your trouble with living
Because it's the ones with the sorest throats, Laura
Who have done the most singing
Everybody
Lalalala . . .



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  • +4
    General Comment:Tonight I went to see Bright Eyes and right at the end when they started singing the la la la's Conor handed me the mic and let me sing ..
    NameTakenxoxon September 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:yea the hated addiction part is my favorite part. He said at my show that Laura was a friend of his who was very very sad
    worcpunk61on June 22, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:Apparently it's about an old friend of his, she was very depressive. At some point, he chose music over her.
    Princess |\/.\/|on June 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:he mentions Laura in "Landlocked Blues"--

    "and laura's asleep in my bed.."
    burntcigaretteon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:My name is Laura, and I used to have an eating disorder.
    It sounds like he's singing just to me when I get upset.
    Makes me cry like hell.
    firstloveon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:"But do you know we're in high demand, Laura, us people who suffer"

    God, it's just awful how depression is almost "trendy" right now.

    Also, I'm considering using "it's the ones with the sorest throats/Who have done the most singing" as my yearbook quote (graduating) because out of context it feels happy. Any thoughts?
    Zoe💜💜💜on February 19, 2014   Link
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    General Comment:i'm surpised noone has said anything about this song yet. it's so amazing.

    "But you should never be embarrassed by your trouble with living
    'Cause it's the ones with the sorest throats, Laura
    Who have done the most singing"

    Conor Oberst is even more amazing.

    stickingtosheetson July 25, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I'd probably say that this was my favourite bright eyes song. the words and the way they're sung just totally grab me, right from the first line. "Laura, you were the saddest song..." is my favourite line, though "Well, I think I would call tonight...", for personal reasons, makes me feel like I'm not alone after all
    hang on to a dreamon September 27, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:this song makes me cry. it kind of sounds like he is singing to someone who has passed away.
    betweenfriendson April 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"Your thoughts have always lain close to mine
    Yeah, we were both skipping supper."
    I love the way that he sings this part, he says it with such honesty and saddness.

    I agree with BetweenFriends. It sounds like he and the person "Laura" had the same type of personality disorders and unforunately "Laura" probably commited suicide from hers. Or maybe it's just sung in the way that Conor doesn't know if she's alive or dead, but he's singing to her like she's probably dead.
    Disketteson April 06, 2003   Link

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