"Black Comedy" as written by and Oberst....
Well once I gave a look to you but you never gave it back
So here I stand expressionless but my memories intact
I guess the past is good for a laugh
A comedy so dry and black it makes my stomach hurt so bad

Well two thumbs up we give this one despite its predictable ending
The dialogue seemed rushed and wrong
But the actors did their best
To lay some worth on every word like coffins dropped into the earth
The saddest sound we ever heard
We sang along
We sang it "take this weight away"
We sang it "take this weight away" (we're singin')
We're singin' "take this weight away away away"


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    General CommentI interpreted it as an extended metaphor of a relationship as a movie. The two people involved were the actors trying to save the "black comedy" doing their best to make their words, or script I suppose, sound meaningful. But in the end, it was pointless, the movie was still terrible with its "predictable ending" and there was no way they could salvage the relationship. So now the two have met up again, but he still remembers their miserable former love, and acknowledges sarcastically, "Well I guess the past is good for a laugh" while admitting it hurt him so bad that he cried. I think it's a nice song, and combined with the other Neva Dinova songs on the EP, it's a really good CD.
    snakessson July 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta wonderful short and simple song written awhile back and performed on a radio show out of Dallas, kdge, on 12/01/02. later a studio verson was released on a split EP, bright eyes/neva dinova 04/10/04. i like the acoustic verson from the radio broadcast a lot more.
    aniotaon April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcan any1 send me this song until i can get the moola to order the split ep?
    SimpleKindOfBoyon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand by this song. i mean all the songs on the split. i haven't heard any of them as of yet. looking forward to it though.
    SimpleKindOfBoyon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song, I think it's about a friend who killed himself.
    Bladmandon January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about something he did with a friend and is having flashbacks...
    simpleXmoonlighton January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite bright eyes songs
    Wowrobertsmithon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBladmand, that is interesting, I initially assumed it was just another song about unrequited love, but I can see it being about a suicide. The final line of "take this weight away," gets me every time, I wish the ending lasted longer.
    veisalgiaon February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is also one of my favorite Bright Eyes songs. The ending is beautiful.

    It's kind of good to find one of his songs not spammed up with MTV fangirls.
    Dooreatoeon March 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is also one of my favorite Bright Eyes songs. The ending is beautiful.

    It's kind of good to find one of his songs not spammed up with MTV fangirls.
    Dooreatoeon March 04, 2005   Link

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