"Night Birds" as written by and Ryan Adams....
Out under the stars
Dodging them night cars baby
'Cause when you gotta move, you gotta move
Whatever that it was
You were thinking of lady
You're certainly not thinking of it now

And night birds sing you
An empty tune
In an empty house
In an empty room
In an empty moment
All the night birds sing
We were suppose to rise above
But we sink into the ocean

I feel like a body stuffed into a trunk
From a million years
Of lying and getting drunk
The people here inside me
They are loud and in the night
They scream and smash the windows
When they fight

And night birds sing you
An empty tune
In an empty house
In an empty room
With empty feelings
When it comes too soon
We're supposed to rise above
We were supposed to rise above
But we sink
Into the ocean
Into the ocean
Into the ocean


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"Night Birds" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General Commentthis is definitely in my top five favorite Ryan Adams songs. It reminds me of staying up at three in the morning, wide-eyed, and completely awake but it's incredibly silent and at any moment a crash could come. Well, that's what I think. Etherized is also right in that it's like, so you drink every night and one day it crashes on you but it's so beautiful. You had hopes and dreams and you were supposed to succeed (rise above) but you sink and digress into a beautiful abyss. I can't really explain it at all 'cause I love it so much.
    starlitedineron June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm slowly coming to appreciate the new album, 29, but i just dont dig the "{{{Into the oceannn}}}" part of this song.
    Falafel_is_goodon January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first heard the album i thought that part was cool. it's his experimental side coming out. plus i was high when i heard it
    Sum1LsesChpstckon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Comment29 is the best of the new albums by far. This song is really nice and then goes all psychedelic - it's a change for sure, but it works within the context and isn't a giant leap. I like the crashing single clipping guitar strum, it adds a totally different emotional angle.
    xdvron May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm glad the world isn't full of the people that I assume it is.
    _ellieon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about drinking, drugging and chasin' them nightbirds baby. It's about living the night life and partying and waking up one day and realizing that nothing meaningful has been done with one's life. It wasn't supposed to end up this way.. all the hopes and dreams the person had in his life hadn't been met because he listened to the night birds. All the drinking did for him is turn him into an ugly person with nothing to show for it.

    "Night Bird" is a term for someone who lives the nightlife.
    etherizedon December 30, 2006   Link

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