"Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed)" as written by and Conor Oberst....
Corporate or colonial
The movement is unstoppable
Like the body of a centerfold it spreads
To the counter-culture copyright
Get your revolution at a lower price
Or make believe and throw the fight, play dead
It's exploding bags, aerosol cans
Southbound buses, Peter Pan
They left it up to us again
I thought you knew the drill
It's kill or be killed

Future markets, Holy wars
Been tried ten thousand times before
If you think God is keeping score, hooray!
For the freedom-fighting simulcast (Victory! A defeat! Victory!)
The imminent and the aftermath
Draw another bloody bath, and drain
Like the polar ice caps centrifuge (Oh Allah! Oh Jesus, please!)
First snowman built at the end of June
He slicks his hair for the interview
His fifteen-minute fame
Would you agree times have changed?


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"Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed)" as written by Conor Oberst

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  • +1
    General CommentI really like the word "centrifuge."

    And this is a pretty decent song. But mostly I just like "centrifuge."
    whatchamacallmeon March 29, 2007   Link
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    General Comment[Cassadaga, oh yeah, that's where you're going to find the center of energy.
    And they've got those in Arizona too.
    You know, theres, I know that there's wonderful grounds that have vortexes.
    That you might be interested in going to.
    And the go to Nevada. And then go to California.
    And then come south and go back through Arizona.
    And go through Texas. You know what I'm saying?
    Getting rid of the old feelings of the old ways.
    And, you know, it's kind of like with people and the tarot cards.
    Just because you get the Death card doesn't mean death or dying.
    It means transoformation. It means changing things around...
    Cause I was pulling in on a, on a dog or companion
    Somehow I get the impression that your'e almost a little afraid to start the trip.
    It doesn't have to be a straigh line happy face.
    But make kind of a happy face, I mean kind of a smile.
    Go up, up the east coast, but it's gonna be a circle.
    You know what I'm saying? It's gonna be a sloppy circle.
    Dont' be afraid. Years and years and years ago, you know, you might,
    You might have come across some river and rock and the mountains or whatever.
    And then when you get there maybe you'll have the answers you seek.

    We have moved into a new era and life as we know it is changing.
    Your relationships, career, and location will all be subject with an energy.
    Allow me to share with you tips that will assist you during these new times.

    Don't give up hope on yourself, no.
    Just be paitent about the fact that .... how things are unfolding.
    Because ..... you're less ... why are you afraid to start?
    I think you should go.
    I think you should go.
    You know, plan ahead, pack the things that you think you're gonna need,
    And then just go.
    Cassadaga might be just a premonition of a place you're going to visit.]


    Most of the voice over.
    jvenrickon April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWords to the background phone.

    BEFORE SONG:
    [Cassadaga...
    Oh yeah, that's where you're going to find the center of energy.
    And they've got those in Arizona too.
    You know, there's, I know that there's wonderful grounds that have vortexes,
    That you might be interested in going to.
    And then go to Nevada.
    And then go to California.
    And then come south
    And go back through Arizona.
    And go through Texas.
    You know what I'm saying?
    Getting rid of the old feelings of the old ways of thinking.
    And, you know, it's kind of like with people and the tarot cards.
    Just because you get the Death card doesn't mean death or dying.
    It means transformation.
    It means changing things around and starting something new.
    Cause I was pulling in on a, on a dark companion.
    Somehow I get the impression that you're almost a little afraid to start the trip.
    It doesn't have to be a straight line happy face.
    But make kind of a happy face, I mean kind of a smile.
    Go up, up the east coast, but it's gonna be a circle.
    You know what I'm saying?
    It's gonna be a sloppy circle.
    Don't be afraid.
    You know, years and years and years ago, you know, you might,
    You might have come across a river and a rock and the mountains or whatever.
    And then when you get there maybe you'll have the answers you seek.

    We have moved into a new era and life as we know it is changing.
    Your relationships, career, and location will all be subject with an energy.
    Allow me to share with you tips that will assist you during these new times.

    Don't give up hope on yourself, no.
    And just be patient about the fact that (be patient about) how things are unfolding.
    Because, psycically, you're lessons this next year might be decent.
    So, why are you afraid to start?
    I think you should go.
    I think you should go.
    You know, plan ahead, pack the things that you think you're gonna need,
    And then just go.
    Cassadaga might be just a premonition of a place you're going to visit.]


    AFTER SONG:
    [Cassadaga...
    Oh yeah, that's where you're going to find the center of energy.
    And they've got those in Arizona too.
    You know, there's, I know that there's wonderful grounds that have vortexes,
    That you might be interested in going to.
    And then go to Nevada.
    And then go to California.
    And then come south
    And go back through Arizona.
    And go through Texas.
    You know what I'm saying?
    Getting rid of the old feelings of the old ways of thinking.
    And, you know, it's kind of like with people and the tarot cards.
    Just because you get the Death card doesn't mean death or dying.
    It means transformation.
    It means changing things around and starting something new.
    Cause I was pulling in on a, on a dark companion.
    Somehow I get the impression that you're almost a little afraid to start the trip.
    It doesn't have to be a straight line happy face.
    But make kind of a happy face, I mean kind of a smile.
    Go up, up the east coast, but it's gonna be a circle.
    You know what I'm saying?
    It's gonna be a sloppy circle.
    Don't be afraid.
    You know, years and years and years ago, you know, you might,
    You might have come across a river and a rock and the mountains or whatever.
    And then when you get there maybe you'll have the answers you seek.

    We have moved into a new era and life as we know it is changing.
    Your relationships, career, and location will all be subject with an energy.
    Allow me to share with you tips that will assist you during these new times.

    Don't give up hope on yourself, no.
    And just be patient about the fact that (be patient about) how things are unfolding.
    Because, psycically, you're lessons this next year might be decent.
    So, why are you afraid to start?
    I think you should go.
    I think you should go.
    You know, plan ahead, pack the things that you think you're gonna need,
    And then just go.
    Cassadaga might be just a premonition of a place you're going to visit.]

    Just wanted to add those, I edited them after listening to the song many, many times. Kind of freaky song too.
    Mpstarkon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOpps! Posted same thing for before and after.

    Here is after again:
    [Okay, here is what I want you to do;
    I want you to talk to the universe and ask the universe,
    figures and times to help you decide where you want to go.
    I don't know how many, that I can't read.
    But I see you have a lot of lifetime because you have a lot.
    I know you don't believe in what I do.
    Learn to shut your mouth and keep the trees over snow(?)
    (You have a lot of lifetime)
    I, I can tell you why you are seeing yourself up like that.
    I see a very unique Indian medicine.
    'Cause I see that you two have a beautiful connection.

    (Drowned out in the music.)

    Find out where you can find the energy that you're looking for.
    California, Nebraska, South Dakota, New York, Arizona, or Florida.
    That comes up very strong.
    In this lifetime.
    I don't get good feelings there at all.
    And I can feel them around me.
    I can feel, I can definitely hear them.
    I can see them, through the window.
    Constantly there; morning, noon, and night.
    And you have no idea how they have tried to debate that.
    Because there are a lot of people that do not believe.]

    Please post if you have any corrections!
    Mpstarkon January 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really like the intro to this
    250889on March 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAhh I love this song, I've been humming it at school all day. But it is "Corporate Whore, Colonial", not "
    or"
    triple07on March 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentConor always starts his albums with amazing intro tracks.. Cassadaga is no different, i think its or tho... not whore
    scorpod14on March 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSorry triple, but it's definitely "Corporate or Colonial." I have the lyrics booklet to Cassadaga, pre-ordered the LP and it came early :). I tried to copy the lyrics exactly as they appear there, down to punctuation (or lack thereof), capitalization, stanza breaks, etc.
    benjam326on March 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh well if you have the lyric book I guess it must be right. I was just basing it off this article

    urb.com/permalink/370/…
    triple07on March 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI read one time that he liked to use a non-traditional track with a lot of sampling, distortion, or otherwise disconcerting notions to "ward off casual listerners."
    tiki_12on March 31, 2007   Link

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