"Where to Begin" as written by and Jim James....
Walk across the courtyard, towards the library
I can hear the insects buzz and the leaves 'neath my feet
Ramble up the stairwell, into the hall of books
Since we got the interweb these hardly get used

Duck into the men's room, combing through my hair
When god gave us mirrors, he had no idea
Looking for a lesson in the periodicals
There I spy you listening to the AM radio

Karen of the Carpenters, singing in the rain
Another lovely victim of the mirror's evil way
It's not like you're not trying, with a pencil in your hair
To defy the beauty the good Lord put in there

Simple little bookworm, buried underneath
Is the sexiest librarian
Take off those glasses
And let down your hair for me

So I watch you through the bookcase,imagining a scene
You and I at dinner, spending time, then to sleep
And what then would I say to you, lying there in bed?
These words, with a kiss, I would plant in your head

What is it inside our heads that makes us do the opposite?
Makes us do the opposite of what's right for us?
'Cause everything'd be great and everything'd be good
If everybody gave, like everybody could

Sweetest little bookworm, hidden underneath
Is the sexiest librarian
Take off those glasses and let your hair down for me
Take off those glasses and let your hair down for me

Simple little beauty, heaven in your breath
The simplest of pleasures, the world at it's best


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"Where To Begin" as written by James Edward Olliges Jr

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    General CommentThis is a great song My Morning Jacket wrote and performed for the movie Elizabethtown. They also play the fictitious band "Ruckus" in the movie. They are from Louisville near Elizabethtown.
    HamiltonIncheson February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbehold magnificent
    axround3ron November 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, i adore these lyrics.
    I think it's about never really being comfortable in your own shoes, and making fresh start after fresh start but never really finding consistency in life.

    It's also one of two times I have noticed Jim James write a line about mirrors, i think he is sort of fascinated with the way a reflection can make or break a person's confidence. (The other line about mirrors is in Librarian)
    WhiteVolta7on May 05, 2009   Link

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