"Trees Get Wheeled Away" as written by and Oberst....
Anchormen spike their blood, wear masks of mud
Cucumbers cut to fit their eyes
And so no one would know how tired they've grown
Of talking and telling their lies

While your TV's change stations, scroll messages
Victims and Christians both drinking blood
And they'll pray for the destruction of all hatred
More often, just those with hate for us

'Cause it hurts when you discover one's worse and one's better
To suffer or cause others to
And you can live by your conscience, now guilt is a concept
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There's a virgin in my bed
And she's taking off her dress
And I'm not sure what I am gonna do

There's a song stuck in my head
And I can't help singing it
Oh, how I hope my singing pleases you
'Cause this is not who I've become but what you make me into

Oh, we got no health insurance, no cellular service
No disease, they can't cure
But we need more money to burn
So each person must learn the dollar amount they are worth

And those pills make me dizzy forgetting my body
I watch as it walks away
And I just keep drinking the poison and smoking the cartons
A pack and a half a day

So when time comes to claim me
My friends and my family will gather around my grave
And they'll believe that they knew me
And loved me and missed me, and all call me by my name

So imagine what you want
And then hold on to that thought
'Cause that's as close as it will ever come

And believe you're where you are
Keep acting out the part
But at the end of the day, the trees all get wheeled away
And you'll be standing alone in a blank, blank space

So believe you're who you are and stay in character
But at the end of the play, the audience walks away
And I'll be shivering cold on a well lit stage



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  • +3
    General Commenti think your argument (poison oak) is valid and supported in the lines to which you refer, but isn't the whole point of the song in the final two stanzas? more clearly the second to last: "so imagine what you want
    and then hold on to that thought
    cause that's as close as it will ever come
    and believe you're where you are and keep acting out the part
    but at the end of the end of the day the trees all get wheeled away
    and you'll be standing alone in a blank blank space"

    i'd say it implies, all these images he's conjured up are just the meaningless day to day creations by humans, and he's not advocating any of them. none of these events or beliefs are important. you build up these things in life to make it comfortable and meaningful, but really, they are nothing by which to live. there is no truth in any of them.

    sooo, i definitely don't think you can argue he's in favor of christianity, and i DO think the comparison of victims and christians losing blood is a stab at christianity. hes acknowledging a choice to ease the conscience, but (like i said earlier) he's not endorsing that choice.
    underbridgeon February 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I am not who I become But what you make me into"

    I love this line.
    thison November 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnot a literary reference. conor just does it with a lot of young virgins. thats all.
    sarabrocon December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe first paragraph is wrong
    it should be 'anchormen spike their blood| wear masks of mud' no 'and'
    pearlysaraon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere can i get this sonG? i saw it live. . but where cna i get it
    happypunkon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheres a version from a radio performance at smallbang.com/music/…
    Jess333on June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, i first heard it at a bright eyes show and then i heard it again the other night when bright eyes performed on david letterman and it reminded me of that song and since then i've been trying to find it...this song is so amazing.
    happy_ghoston June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwo hoo
    happypunkon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can download it on kazaa now.
    fabulous_crammoyson June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, yes. Another brilliant Conor song. "The Next James Taylor..." He's better than Taylor could ever aspire to be...far more raw and realistic.

    There are a few BE songs that have form similar to this one's, and in their randomosity they are simply beautiful. Small verses all connected in theme, but unique and different in the same thing at the same time...beautiful. Simply beautiful.
    myXnameXisXdistanceon June 30, 2003   Link

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