Well the future's got me worried
Such awful thoughts
My head's a carousel of pictures
The spinning never stops
I just want someone to walk in front
And I'll follow the leader

Like when I fell under the weight
Of a schoolboy crush
Started carrying her books
And doing lots of drugs
I almost forgot who I was
But I came to my senses

Now I'm trying to be assertive
I'm making plans
Going to rise to the occasion, yeah
Meet all their demands
But all I do is just lay in bed
And hide under the covers

Yeah, I know I should be brave
But I'm just too afraid of all this change

And it's too hard to focus
Through all this doubt
I keep making these to-do lists
But nothing gets crossed out
Working on the record seems pointless now
When the world ends, who's gonna hear it?

But I'm trying to take some comfort
In written words
Yeah, Tim, I heard your album
And it's better than good
When we get off tour I think we should
Hang and black out together

Because I been feeling sentimental
For days gone by
All the summers singing, drinking, my friend
Wasting our time
Remember all the songs and the way we smiled
In those basements made of music

But now I've got to crawl to get anywhere at all
I'm not as strong as I thought

So when I'm lost in a crowd
I hope that you'll pick me out
How I long to be found
The grass grew high, I laid down
Now I'm waiting for a hand
To lift me up, help me stand
I've been laying so low
Don't want to lay here no more

Don't want to lay here no more
Don't want to lay here no more
Don't want to lay here no more

Everything that happens
Is supposed to be
And it's all predetermined
Can't change your destiny
Guess I'll just keep moving
Someday maybe I'll get to where I'm going


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  • +1
    General Comment"Yeah, Tim, I heard your album and it's better than good
    When we get off tour I think we should
    Hang and black out together"
    It's interesting that part of this song is directed at the lead singer of cursive/good life and the "black out" reference to the good life album... remembering commander venus I guess... a very nostalgic song… great new album
    thinkwaitfaston August 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I heard the reference to Tim of Cursive, I damn near literally fell out of my chair because I had just finished listening to "The Ugly Organ" for most of the day being on a Cursive high, and when I heard that reference I was like "no way..." and now that I've discovered here that it is about the guy from Cursive....ah nevermind. I have nothing important to say. I'll stop XP
    LurkerAbysson October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSo when I'm lost in a crowd
    I hope that you'll pick me out
    How I long to be found
    The grass grew high, I laid down
    Now I'm waiting for a hand
    To lift me up, help me stand
    I've been laying so low
    Don't want to lay here no more

    Don't want to lay here no more
    Don't want to lay here no more
    Don't want to lay here no more



    that part makes me cry.
    secondhandsmokeon July 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me feel better every time, and I can relate to it a lot. I"m really glad that everyone feels the same way! I've introduced so many people to this song beacuse they were going through a hard time...this song really helps. The end is just SO comforting.

    Someday, maybe, we'll all get to where we're going..and then it's gonna be okay.
    EarlySunsetson July 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing
    stickingtosheetson July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinitely references to the older band days....love it
    PLANESon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the best song ever. damn i love how he just starts singing in the very beginning before you even know what is going on
    noahst7on March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is me...when I listened to Lifted, the whole album blew me away, but this song in particular had me...

    "Gonna rise to the occasion and meet all their demands. But all I do is just lay in bed and hide under the covers..."

    Conor fucking rules.
    lifeundomeon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentonly 6 people have commented on this?? this is one of my very favorite songs, and my favorite song on lifted.
    these lines....
    "Now I'm trying to be assertive
    I'm making plans
    Gonna rise to the occasion yeah
    Meet all their demands
    But all I do is just lay in bed
    And hide under the covers
    Yeah I know I should be brave
    But i'm just too afraid of all this change
    And it's too hard to focus through all this doubt
    I keep making these to-do lists but nothing gets crossed out"
    were my feelings exactly at the time when i had first listened to it. i was just trying to convince myself i was more optimistic than i was, thinking i could fool myself into assuming this personality i so clearly did not have. it really helped me look at myself in better light.
    oberstmeon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite bright eyes song. lyrically, conor oberst is a genius, every one of his songs is very well written. i love this guy...
    takingbacksundaychicon March 28, 2003   Link

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