"Everything Must Belong Somewhere" as written by and Conor Oberst....
Leave the bright blue door on the whitewashed wall.
Leave the death ledger under City Hall.
Leave the joyful air in that rubber ball today.

Leave the lilac print on the linen sheet.
Leave the birds you killed at your father's feet.
Let the sideways rain and the crooked street remain.

Leave the whimpering dog in his cold kennel.
Leave the dead star lit on her pedestal.
Leave the acid kids in their green fishbowls today.

Just leave the sad guitar in its hard-shelled case.
Leave the worried look on your lover's face.
Let the orange embers in the fireplace remain.

Cause everything - it must belong somewhere.
A train off in the distance; bicycle chained to the stairs.
Everything - it must belong somewhere.
I know that now - that's why I'm staying here.

Leave the ocean's roar in the turquoise shell.
Leave the widower in his private hell.
Leave the liberty in that broken bell today.

Leave the epic poem on its yellow page.
Leave the gray macaw in his covered cage.
Let the traveling band on the interstate remain.

Cause everything - it must belong somewhere.
Soundstage in California; televisions in Times Square.
Everything - it must belong somewhere.
I know that now - that's why I'm staying here.

Leave the secret talks on the trundle bed.
Leave the garden tools in the rusted shed.
Leave those bad ideas in your troubled head today.

Leave the restless ghost in his old hotel.
Leave the homeless man in his cardboard cell.
Let the painted horse on the carousel remain.

Cause everything - it must belong somewhere.
Just like the gold around her finger or the silver in his hair.
Everything - it must belong somewhere.
I know that now - that's why I'm staying here.

In truth, the forest hears each sound - each blade of grass as it lies down.
The world requires no audience - no witnesses...no witnesses.

Leave the old town drunk on his wooden stool.
Leave the autumn leaves in the swimming pool.
Leave the poor black child in his crumbling school today.

Leave the novelist in his daydream tune.
Leave the scientist in his Rubik's Cube.
Let the true genius in the padded room remain.

Leave the horse's hair on the slanted bow.
Leave the slot machines on the river boat.
Leave the cauliflower in the casserole today.

Leave the hot, bright trash in the shopping malls.
Leave the hawks of war in their capitol.
Let the organ's moan in the cathedral remain.

Cause everything - it must belong somewhere.
They locked the devil in the basement; threw God up into the air.
Everything - it must belong somewhere.
And you know it's true - I wish you'd leave me here.
You know it's true - why don't you leave me here?


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"I Must Belong Somewhere" as written by Conor Oberst

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    General Commenti interpret it differently, showroom. I think conor might be saying that people we traditionally view as "crazy" and lock away might have a sort of genius that we just can't understand.
    just_forget_meon January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is a look at modern American culture. It is my favorite off of Cassidaga, and I think that, in time, it will be regarded as wonderful, nostalgic view of America.
    KINGmiduson January 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheard this at the ann arbor show and fell in love with it. anyone know where I can find it?..I'm assuming a live version since it is a brand new one.
    Moggeton January 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWahoo, my first lyric submission got approved.

    If you guys want a copy of this song (live), IM me: bloodykansas
    just_forget_meon January 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti heard this last night and tonight when i saw him perform at the town hall. simply amazing. i need to find a copy of this. i really love the chorus, and the line, 'let the true genius in the padded room remain.'
    efil4zaknupomeon January 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti was at the town hall show too last night (the 26th). everyone was.

    i'm actually a bit confused, because all the "leave the genius in the padded room" stuff would mean that the song is sarcastic, and yet he says that he is staying here because he knows he belongs here. so maybe that's said in a satirical tone also?
    showroomeyeson January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSweet Jesus, I heard this thursday night. At a show in NYC. I almost cried.

    He's staying in NYC now, and not returning to Omaha. At least thats the word. Brings enough meaning to the song? I thought so. Four feet form him.. yea, I teared up.
    chicken882on January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsince conor called this "I Must Belong Somewhere" i submitted lyrics under that name...so i'm guessing that's what the name of the song is supposed to be
    apocalypse84on January 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment*i meant to say he said that's what it was called last night when he played it in D.C. it's archived on npr.org
    apocalypse84on January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentchicken-he's been living in NYC for a couple of years.
    just_forget_meon January 30, 2005   Link

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