"Bad Blood" as written by and Oberst/lavalle....
No news that's good news,
Someone's gonna break.
See things change,
I've been changing everything.
It's peaceful,
The pitch black,
When the last light on goes out.

I'm stranded in my bed,
So I think about the bad luck,
The bad blood,
That may have come between two good souls.
That's one hell of an offering,

So take these gifts that have been given.
And ended up with an alphabet but some words are too wrong to define.
Now the whole world is waking up.
A ribbon cut for the opening.
We all do that day we're arrived.

Up all night,
All upset,
Outside's growing light.
No breakfast,

Just not much of an appetite.
So be cool and believe in the things you haven't learned
Because you lost and its gone but it will return.
Now it's all laid out in front of you and that's half murdered the mystery.
Are you still too shy to describe?

Now the whole world is waking up,
A ribbon cut for the opening.
Yes, finally the day has arrived.
So seek and rejoice,
Fill your hands with something tangible and fly your love like a flag.

It's joy,
The desire for that which is impossible,
And accept what you get with a smile.


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    General Commentthis song is about someone finding out that they are HIV positive.


    bad blood
    the world is waking up
    ribbons cut for charity
    no appetite, etc

    the end of the song is about trying to be happy with what you have left, even though whats lost cant be repaired
    blackmajik2021on January 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI posted this, I hope the lyrics are right....I had to rewind a hundred times because each time it sounded different.
    purelikesnowon June 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere did you find this song?
    ThereIsARiskon July 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes they are right.

    this is my Fav BE song, anything conor does with The Album Leaf is amazing
    savesthedayfreakon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are wrong. it's
    "Yeah, we all knew that day would arrive."
    sentientdeadleaveson December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a lot of meaning - I think.
    screenwriteon December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim incredibly shy - i can relate haha
    barely_breathingon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"anything conor does with The Album Leaf is amazing"
    Wow, I knew this and Hungry for a holiday had something special, they were somewhat alike[musically]

    I think the ribbon cut for the opening is like discovering love or something, the "mystery" I'm pretty sure it's love too, Oh, yeah, now I remember, Let's not Shit Ourselves: "How grateful I was then to be part of the mystery. To love and to be loved".

    "Now the whole world is waking up" like first day of my life "You said everything changed
    You felt as if you just woke up"

    I think the whole song means... this person who's sad because he/she's been in a bad relationship and thinks "maybe someday I will find my real love so if you find it open your eyes, don't let it go, enjoy it, don't go looking for something perfect ['and destroy the desire for that wich is impossible'] because it is impossible and accept what you get, what is real.
    Hildaon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Up all night, all upset. Outside's growing light. No breakfast, just not much of an appetite."

    seriously there's a food, eating or mirror reference in almost all of conor's songs. being up all night could be caused by malnutition from this lack of appetite (or rather disregard towards eating).
    caffeinationon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like hungry for a holiday by bright eyes, which is also done with album leaf, i must do some investigating lol
    dammit182on October 28, 2006   Link

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