"Smoke Without Fire" as written by and Oberst/ward....
Come on in, my weary friend
The welcome here is endless

These fears of yours, like painted whores
They will not stay the night
If all your life you've done what's right
Don't say you felt obliged

Come on along, is your timid tongue
Too shy to tell your story?
This pain in you so far removed
From anything you've known
So I won't condone another moan
When everything is fine

So when in drought, learn to dance
And pray the dead would return

Dream smoke without fire
Just come see me again when it burns

Somewhere along the way
Well, I was led astray
By a wolf in no one's clothing
It was a brilliant disguise

And I forgot that life existed
I thought it was just some kind of game
That's what brings me to your doorstep
Though I don't know why I came today

Standing still in the dust
Giving up on the rain
As with smoke without fire
I've already laid in the flames

I've already laid in the flames

Brother, be afraid of the flames


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    General Commentthis song has GOT to be cohen-influenced
    plasticflowerson January 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song... his stuff is very mature now.

    Sounds a lot like billy joel in this song.
    brandonbett02on January 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song... his stuff is very mature now.

    Sounds a lot like billy joel in this song.
    brandonbett02on January 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentadditionally, a few corrections as far as i can hear:

    "THE welcome here is endless"
    "like painted WHORES"
    "condoNe"
    "so when in DROUGHT"
    "and pray the DEAD WOULD return"
    "i was LED astray"
    "a wolf in NO ONE's clothing"
    "standing still in the DUST" (??)
    "GIVING up on the rain"
    "BROTHER be afraid of the flames"

    :)
    plasticflowerson January 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti did not like this when i first heard it.

    my first impression was that conor was trying to win some sort of m ward sound-a-like competition...

    but, when you get over the shock of the maturity of his voice and songwriting which is now blatently evident in this song, you accept it.

    and it grows on you.

    lovely.
    quirky_but_kewlon January 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquirky_but_kewl: just to be sure, you are aware that m.ward actually DOES sing in this song, right?
    plasticflowerson January 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould be a leanord cohen song the influence is so evident.
    Van_arsdaleon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone tell me where I can download this and anymore of the new stuff?

    I'd greatly appreciate it.
    IndeediKidon January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, you need to take a second before you can appreciate the song, it doesn't have the energy, chaos, or panicked pace that can be found in lots of bright eyes. Or fast flowing mind blowing lyrics. But when Matt Ward joins in, the depth of the song shows through.
    And I agree with Quirky.
    Maturity is the word.
    forgetmynameon February 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, mature.
    not as upset as usual in conor's slow songs.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon March 08, 2007   Link

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