I spent a week drinking the sunlight of Winnetka, California
Where they understand the weight of human hearts
You see, sorrow gets too heavy and joy it tends to hold you
With the fear that it eventually departs
And the truth is I’ve been dreaming of some tired tranquil place
Where the weather won’t get trapped inside my bones
And if all the years of searching find one sympathetic face
Then it's there I will plant these seeds and make my home
I spent a day dreaming of dying in Mesa, Arizona
Where all the green of life had turned to ash
And I felt I was on fire, with the things I could have told you
I guess I just assumed that you eventually would ask
And I wouldn’t have to bring up my so badly broken heart
And all those months I just wanted to sleep
And though spring, it did come slowly, I guess it did it's part
My heart has thawed and continues to beat
I visited my brother on the outskirts of Olympia
Where the forest and the water become one
And we talked about our childhood, like a dream we were convinced of
That perfect peaceful street where we came from
And I know he heard me strumming all those sad and simple chords
As I sat inside my room so long ago
And it hurts that he’s still shaking from those secrets that were told
By a car closed up too tight and a heart turned cold
And I went to San Diego, the birthplace of the summer
And watched the ocean dance under the moon
And there was a girl I knew there, one more potential lover
I guess that something’s got to happen soon
Because I know I can’t keep living in this dead or dying dream
And as I walked along the beach and drank with her
I thought about my true love, the one I really need
With eyes that burn so bright, they make me pure
They make me pure
They make me pure
I long to be with you


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    General Commentand i felt i was on fire, with the things i could have told you
    i guess i just assumed that you eventually would ask
    and i wouldn’t have to bring up my so badly broken heart
    and all those months i just wanted to sleep
    and though spring, it did come slowly, i guess it did its part
    my heart has thawed and continues to beat..
    ^^very nice :) spring time always makes things better
    420_is_Gayon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI like to shun bright eyes because of how embarrassing it would be to be caught listening to them, but damn, whose lonely soul do these lyrics not capture?
    every single line is absolutely spot on, and captures a very unique sentiment of loneliness. nostalgic in the most painful way possible, you know? and nostalgic of the future as well, in the most painful way possible.

    and
    "And if all the years of searching find one sympathetic face
    Then it's there I will plant these seeds and make my home"
    I also wonder sometimes how it is that there are so many beautiful, kind, loving people on the earth and not one of them has entered my life. Not even passed through it, or having showed that side to me, even by accident. they all have love maybe, for specific types of people, but not people like me... and I just wonder how it is.
    and I think this is my favorite line: "And I felt I was on fire, with the things I could have told you. I guess I just assumed that you eventually would ask" ... story of my life...
    minuetteon December 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHow can a person not love this song? This is sooooo beautiful. My second favorite song ever. "I went to Sandiego, the birthplace of the summer and I watched the ocean dance under the moon, and there was a girl I knew there, one more potential lover, I guess that something's gotta happen soon, 'cause I know that I can't keep living in this dead or dying dream and as I walked along the beach and drank with her, I thougt about my true love, the one I really need with eyes that burn so bright, they make me pure, they make me pure, they make me pure, I long to be with you..." Perfect. How does Connor Oberst do it? Such a friggin good song. The meaning is pretty obvious. Just trying to escape everything I suppose and just looking back and reflecting and realizing that you aren't really over that one person.
    Sweetygal16on May 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthonestly . this song is one of the greatest . plus my bf sings the last part to me all the time . xxx
    tothemaxxxon May 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song. one of my favorites of the great conner oberst. it's obvious what the song is about so no need to explain
    appypollyloggyon August 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentso plain and beautiful
    stripesprojecton September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit reminds me of summer. i love bright eyes.
    bleedingwithapathyon April 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome. When he sings, "And I know he heard me strumming all those sad and simple chords as I sat inside my room so long ago," I just get this beautiful picture in my head where day is approaching the evening and Conor's head is down while he plays an outline of something great.
    JohnKoon May 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentAs most people in a lot of his songs he talks about seasonal depression. Where people just cannot stand winters and love summers. It is as if the seasons are the people's mood. Thank god (not litteraly seeming he isn't real) for christmas. At least we have little bit of cheer in the winter. Where we can give and recieve over our fake Christanity. Keep singing Conor. And get another performace on Letterman. It doesn't get much better then Letterman and Bright Eyes!
    conoroberstisgodon June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentto free fall - i think the last verse is talking about a girl that he wants to have back who is not the girl from san diego. i think the girl from san diego is like a second choice, (one more potential lover), i think that hes just really lonely and cant take it any longer waiting for this other girl(cant keep living in this dead and dying dream), so he might have to settle for the san diego girl even though she is not the one he really wants. Anyone else agree with me?
    jayenohon July 01, 2003   Link

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