Came a yellow bird outside my window
Said bring me water and crusts of bread
Came a yellow bird outside my window
Said bring me water and crusts of break
For I’m injured and I’m haunted
By the storms in which I fled
I tried to fly to New Orleans
But I got lost in heavy rains
I tried to fly to New Orleans
But I got lost in heavy rains
I got many holes in my two wings
From arrows that you aimed
It wasn’t I wounded you I didn’t any arrows I could shoot
It wasn’t I wounded you, any arrows I could shoot
I’m just a lonely man, I never left this room
Besides that I, how on earth could I
Hurt anything so frail as thee
Besides that I, how on earth could I
Hurt anything so frail as thee
When we’ve never met before this moment
When you called for help from me

Now yellow bird step down into my room
And she chose her words carefully
Yellow bird stepped down into my room
She chose her words carefully
She said you were aiming for the sun
And I was just in-between
And every time you wish to die
An arrow was released
every time you wish to die
An arrow was released
And the only thing between dark and light
Was my breast or yellow wings
Well this can’t be true I shook with fear
Though I knew she didn’t lie
This can’t be true I shook with fear
Though I knew she couldn’t lie
I never wanted to harm anybody else
It’s just I who wish to die
And then the tears came rolling down
And the floor fell underneath
And then the tears came rolling down
And the floor fell underneath
And the yellow bird folded her wings together
And I dragged her down with me



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    General CommentI absolutely love the lyrics to this song, and I keep trying to download it but haven't done so yet. :(
    brokenspoonson January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat does it mean?
    burntcigaretteon January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSo that's where Conor Oberst got the reference from...
    764-mouseron March 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think so, conor is a huge fan
    Charlion April 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLooks like a nice song, got to it from Bright Eyes - Poison Oak.
    Leanne63on May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a very sad song. I mean especially the last line.
    He says he never wanted to harm anybody else, he just wants to die. But by wishing for this he hurts her, as every time he wishes he was dead an arrow was released.
    And in the end, ...
    he drags her down with him.
    InLoveWithRebeccaon September 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTruly tragic. A real lesson in life. Just because you cut ties with everyone doesn't mean your actions don't effect (or affect, I never pick the right one) them.
    telloldbillon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I never wanted to harm anybody else
    It's just I who wish to die"
    That line relates to me perfectly.But I probably will end up hurting someone along road to death.......
    betrayed.hopeon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's about how you hurt people and you don't even realize it. i think when she says he was aiming at the sun, she means he was aiming at god, but she was god's messenger and he shot her instead. soooo sad.
    misskittyon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhere can I get this song?
    the lyrics are amazingly truthful.
    rescindedon July 06, 2006   Link

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