Onstage at the Orpheum
Waiting for a diploma
Looking out at my classmates
Ready to disown them
My bags were packed
I was ready to leave
For university
I was moving up and out
Out of Omaha
Oh, it didn't last

One night I was drinking alone
So I drove out to Denver
To visit an old friend
Who had settled down there
I kept on driving all through the night
And threw up in dawn's early light
Sick on caffeine pills
My friend, he escaped from Omaha
Oh, I never will

Oh, I had a lover once
She was a nomad
Would have followed her anywhere
So we moved out to Portland
She was selling baggage
I bought all I could
And that was all it took
To make my escape
Oh, Omaha, oh, you never looked so good

I am leaving
I'm sailing away
My time in Iowa
Was just a holiday
I've got to get back over that bridge
To the town where I live
I guess that's where I'll stay
Oh, Omaha, oh, Omaha

Lyrics submitted by Mopnugget

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the lyrics are

    "She was selling baggage, I bought all I could..."

    Tim Kasher...he has enough baggage already without hers :o)
    BeccaBeeon June 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfixed, thanks
    Mopnuggeton June 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentseriously,being the saddle creek whore i am,i want to go to nebraska and go to conor and tims old stomping grounds.
    promisexkepton January 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow, that sounds both very pathetic and stalker like. I didnt mean it.I'm not quite that awful.
    promisexkepton February 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wonder what high school Kasher graduated from, seeing as how I live in Omaha and the Orpheum is quite a classy and unusual venue for a graduation. It's a rather old but wonderfully preserved theater, it's beautiful. Most area high schools have graduation in the convention center.

    Oh yeah - there are no Omaha stomping grounds :) Saddle Creek is a long street with a Target, gas stations and a couple fast food joints. Nothing special.
    shieldyoureyeson March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentshieldyoureyes - i'm pretty sure kasher went to creighton prep, same as conor oberst.
    beatrix_kiddo2on April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about how one simply cannot escape the pull of one's hometown, no matter how much one wants to get away. Tim tries to escape through college, a friend, and a lover, and each time he finds himself, defeated, drawn back to Omaha.
    Mellow_Harsheron May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI live in Omaha, and it is nothing glamorous. Yes, they both went to Creighton Prep, my brother goes there. I go to the all girls Catholic school down the street. In fact I live about a block away from Saddle Creek Road. I also fear I will never get out of Omaha.
    orbitwhiteo1on August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere is just something about omaha that makes it really hard to leave. i don't think i'm ever going to be able to, except for the time i spend in college.
    obsessmuchon June 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's too true, Omaha has all you need and it's hard to leave the city after a even a short occupancy.
    nebraskanon October 06, 2010   Link

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