Meaning is sometimes hard to spot
It begins with the flickering of cigarettes
In the darkness of a dorm room
Somewhere in the suffocated Midwest
And if this is real then I was mistaken
And if there is truth then why can't we find it?
Beauty comes to those who have been waiting
For something bigger than themselves
This is the sound of the hopeless kids
As they scream from the basements of the houses of their parents
And this is the sound of the hopeless ones
As they stare down at their books
And realize they have been lied to
But if this is real then I was mistaken
And the vision fades as quickly as it came
Consistency like that which I have craved
Is that people change so unexpectedly
And realization finds you in a drunken airport
Some planes depart and others never arrived
So with this in mind I don't plan on waiting
If it's time to leave and break these old ties
Without something else this vision is fading
But until it's gone the pain will make us try
But this is the hope I have been searching for
As the wings catch the sunlight of this cold Nebraska skyline
This is the dream I am dying in
I will wake to find tomorrow
Be content without perfection
But if this is real then I was mistaken
And if the vision is gone then I was not aware


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    General Comment"beauty comes to those who have been waiting for something bigger than themselves"-> wonderful line.
    PLANESon June 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"This is the dream I am dying in"

    That line perfectly sums up everything that is going on in my life. I dream of reuniting with my old best friend who pushed me away after her mother died; I dream of a relationship with a man who is married and much older than me; I dream of returning to the time when my old boyfriend loved me, before he went away; I dream of writing a novel that I can put all of myself into. They are so faraway and unattainable, yet I cannot stop thinking of them or trying to reach them. Certainly, these are the dreams I am dying in.
    IsoldeGSon August 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentconor oberst = fucking amazing.
    sEa AnEmOnEon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand if the vision is gone then i was not aware
    just love this fucking song
    stripesprojecton September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does he say before the music starts?
    indecisiveon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is really great, for some reason the really annoying noises in the background when he sings "but if this is real..etc" just makes me love it more!! it's strange really :oP another great song by an amazing band
    atarisemokidon April 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"as the wings catch the sunlight of this cold Nebraska skyline"

    "but if this is real then i was mistaken
    and if the vision is gone then i was not aware"
    Charlion October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like this song.

    in the top 20 best bright eyes songs,i think.

    "this is the dream i am dying in"
    promisexkepton December 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"beauty come to those who have been waiting" Is also my favourite song. i love the music to this song, and I normaly hate the music to bright eyes songs and only put up with them because the lyrics are genius. But here the rain in the background and screems, it's amazing. The song is about being greatful, but i just love the chorus, cause I think it tells how parents don't know what they shoudl about thier kids. When I'm in my room crying, my mom would never now the diffrence.
    deepwateron January 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat an incredible song

    no words

    no words at all for it.
    pikachu1559on March 22, 2005   Link

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