Did it all get real? I guess it's real enough
They got refrigerators full of blood
Another century spent pointing guns
At anything that moves
Sometimes I worry that I've lost the plot
My twitching muscles tease my flippant thoughts
I never really dreamed of heaven much
Until we put him in the ground
But it's all I'm doing now
Listening for patterns in the sound
Of an endless static sea
But once the satellite's deceased
It blows like garbage through the streets
Of the night sky to infinity

But don't you weep
(Don't you weep for them)
Don't you weep
(Don't you weep)
There is nothing as lucky
Honey, don't you weep
(Don't you weep for them)
Don't you weep
(Don't you weep)
There is nothing as lucky
As easy
Or free

Don't be a criminal in this police state
You'd better shop and eat and procreate
You've got vacation days, then you might escape
To a condo on the coast
I set my watch to the atomic clock
I hear the crowd count down until the bomb gets dropped
I always figured there'd be time enough
I never let it get me down
But I can't help it now
Looking for faces in the clouds
I've got some friends I barely see
But we're all planning to meet
We'll lay in bags as dead as leaves
All together for eternity

But don't you weep
(Don't you weep for us)
Don't you weep
(Don't you weep)
There is no one as lucky
Honey, don't you weep
(Don't you weep for us)
Don't you weep
(Don't you weep)
There is nothing as lucky
As easy
Or free

Or free
Or free
Or free

There is nothing
There's nothing
There's nothing


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  • +4
    Song MeaningIf you read interviews with Conor Oberst He says that it is his optimistic outlook on death. That is what the song is about. And it is beautiful in how chaotic it is and how the songs beauty kills its self in the end.
    PlugUgly78on July 08, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think its a political statement against the people who wage war in america, and the unconcerned public.

    i sense a deep sarcasm in the whole thing
    pikachu1559on February 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is deep. Conor really took a philosophical approach to this record. It came out quite good.

    Does the simple line "Don't you weep..." really hit hard to anyone else?
    SimpleKindOfBoyon December 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit sounds like he's talking about the world getting nuked and everyone knows about it, but instead of being worried they are just celebrating it like they would a new year.
    "I set my watch to the atomic clock. I hear the crowd count down till the bomb gets dropped."

    Does anyone else think so?
    on your porchon January 30, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI am currently obsessed with this song.
    daddysgunon February 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm going through this now.
    Beautiful lyrics
    sx edgeon December 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt does sound like he's kind of saying that when the world ends. But i think it might just be about how the world is always at war. And that we shant cry for those who die, because they're in a much better place, atleast thats what we all want to believe...
    jvenrickon January 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe that Conor has shown a shift in his beliefs with this new alubm (Digital Ash...). On previous albums he's definitely been a cynic about the existence of an after-life, faith, ect. But with this album and this song in particular he's saying that some people close to him have passed away and he's done some thinking. "...But it's all I'm doing now, looking for patterns in the sound". Especially if you check out "Arc of Time" earlier on the album, it's undeniable. This whole album is a positive message, and actually talks about believing in something bigger than we are...which is a nice change for Bright Eyes.
    livewithconvictionon March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know there are political references and pessimistic comments, but that's a given with Conor and I don't think that's what he's getting at here. He's talking about the time people waste working, and not focusing on the important things in life such as time with friends. I definitely agree with the person above who said so delicately Conor's just talking about "not having to put up with life's shit anymore." I love the line "You might escape to a condo on the cost" it shows how consumed people become with work, and how really we're lucky if we get away for a while. So clever. Anyways i'm rambling. Beautiful song, definitely nothing depressing about it...Although some of the messages are negative really he's just trying to make you think. I think that's all Conor really wants to do. Just lookin out for people. What a guy.
    livewithconvictionon March 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"my twitching muscles tease my flippin' thoughts"

    and

    "we'll lay in bags as dead as leaves"
    Mopnuggeton November 19, 2004   Link

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