"Train Under Water" as written by and Conor Oberst....
You were born inside of a raindrop
I watched you falling
To your death
And the sun
Well it could not save you
She'd fallen down too
Now the streets are wet
Body of water, toxic and timeless
Atlantic ocean, New York skyline
I always get lost
When I leave the village
So couldn't come meet you in Brooklyn last night
But I sing glory from my lowest

And I will say peace
To the people I meet
While the world waits for an explosion
That instant of light that wipes the slate clean
So don't be fooled
No, don't get lied to
Love was always cruel
Don't act strange
Don't be a stranger
It happened to me now it's happening to you
But if you take that train under water then we could talk it through
Well if I could tame all of my desires

Wait out the weather
That howls in my brain
Because it seems
That it's always changing
The wind's indecision, the sorrowful rain
Yeah, I was a postcard
I was a record
I was a camera
Until I went blind
Now I am riding all over this island
Looking for something to open my eyes
But I still sing glory

From a high-rise
And I will say thanks if you're pouring my drinks
While the world waits for an explosion
That moment in time when we are set free
Well don't stay mad
Just let some time pass
And in the morning you'll wake feeling new
And if I don't come back
I mean, if I get sidetracked
It's only cause I wanted to
I'm keeping up with the moon on an all-night avenue


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"Train Underwater" as written by Conor Oberst

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    General CommentI love this song. It's absolutely amazing live, also.
    clippy.hangeron June 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit's, "and in the morning you'll wake feeling new".
    and i agree, this song is fuckin amazing live.
    birthcontrolblueson May 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song very much although it makes me very sad. it reminds me of how things may change when i get really into acting and film, especially between my boyfriend and myself. he's always afraid once i'm famous, i'll break up with him.

    i could listen to this song forever.
    youryellowbirdon June 29, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"So don’t stay mad, just let some time pass "
    The best line of the song.
    It song is astounding live.
    This is one of my favorite Bright Eyes songs.
    Take It Easyon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is even better on the new album. it sounds amazing. it was great live too, but im glad they finally released it on an album. great great song.
    Crusty_mabibaon November 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell u have a few errors in the lyrics...so i corrected them

    "You were born inside of a raindrop
    And I watched you falling to your death
    And the sun, well she could not save you
    She's falling down too, the streets are wet
    Body of water, toxic and timeless
    Atlantic ocean, New York skyline
    I always get lost, when I leave the village
    So I couldn’t come meet you in Brooklyn last night
    But I sing glory from the lowest
    And I will say peace to the people I meet
    While the world waits for an explosion
    An instant of light that wipes the slate clean
    So don’t be fooled now don’t get lied to
    Love was always cruel
    Don’t act strange, don’t be a stranger
    It happened to me now it’s happening to you
    But if you take that train underwater,
    Then we could talk it through

    Well if I could tame all of my desires
    Wait out the weather, that howls in my brain
    Because it seems that it’s always changing
    The winds indecision the sorrowful rain
    I was a postcard I was a record
    I was a camera until I went blind
    Now I’m riding all over this island
    Looking for something to open my eyes
    But i still sing glory from a high rise
    And I will say thanks if you’re pouring my drinks
    While the world waits for an explosion
    That moment in time when we are set free
    So don’t stay mad, just let some time pass
    And in the morning you’ll wake feeling new
    And if I don’t come back I mean if I get sidetracked
    It’s only cause I wanted to
    I'm keeping up with the moon on an all night avenue"
    hopeless15on January 01, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"and if i dont come back...i mean
    if i get sidetracked
    it's only 'cause i wanted to"

    Brillant and sung with such emotion...
    juicebox1on January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song on this album. The lyrics and music are beautiful.
    ghostcoon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an epic. I don't understand why barely anyone's commented on it. :)

    I can't wait to hear this live. What does this mean anyway? I understand it's something to do with a romance in New York.. or something similar. What's the "train underwater"?
    thecomaboyon February 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe train under water is a subway in new york that connects the mainland and staten island? or something like that. I'm absolutely clueless as to the geography of new york city seeing as i've never been anywhere near it, but he said something to that effect at the ann arbor concert. The subway itself is a tunnel that goes underneath water (the ocean or river or whatever is over there).
    saddle_creek_whoreon February 10, 2005   Link

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