"Souled Out!!!" as written by Conor Oberst and Jason Boesel....
The barrio starts two streets over
Miguel, he's a friend of mine
With brick weed, built a reputation
Like dry ice in the summertime

Now all you need's an electric razor
A magic bullet in a grassy knoll
The whole world's just a little oyster
To Snow White and the poison apple leaves

I woke up in the age of wires
I fell asleep at the dusk of man
Now I'm cold as Popocatepetl
Fingers crossed in the promised land

But you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
All sold out in heaven

The barrio starts two streets over
Montse, she's a friend of mine
Keeps a piece like a whistle blower
Flying kites in the wintertime

Magic carpet is the transportation
Went to the moon in a soda can
Not all my boys believe in science
Stretching truth in the promised land

But you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
It's sold out in heaven

Again? Or another one?
Another one, okay

El Popocatepetl esta dormido
Pero pronto despertara

You know by now
You know by now
You know by now

That you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
Yes, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
It's sold out in heaven

No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
No, you won't be getting in
(You know by now)
To heaven

To heaven
(You know by now)
To heaven
(You know by now)
(You know by now)
To heaven


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"Souled Out" as written by Jason Boesel Conor Oberst

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    General CommentSo you dilute it with stupid comments?
    chlorophyllbloodon June 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just edited it, and I don't have the liner notes, but if it really says "El Popocatepetl esta dormido pero pronto despertara," there must be some sort of typo, it's missing an accent mark over está at least, that's the only way it makes sense. My spanish sucks, though, so who knows.
    chlorophyllbloodon August 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI dont think he says leaves at the end of "To snow white and the poison apple leaves" I think he says leaves but is a bit late on the pronunciation of the 's'
    I dont really know, its just how I hear it.
    CloudControlon December 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLive only for yourself!
    Keep the expectations of others out of your mind!
    Just ride your bike and listen to that loud music.
    SING SING SING YOUR HEART OUT!
    DANCE DANCE DANCE UNTIL YOU FALL OVER LAUGHING!

    Who want's to go to Heaven anyway?
    I like it here. I think I'll make this my place.
    StickyNoteon February 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, I'm excited for this album.
    I don't really have much to say about it, I think that what it's about is pretty obvious, but I love the upbeat music behind it. Brilliant.
    outside_the_timeson June 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about having to much fun and not getting into heaven. there are drug references all through it. bricked weed, magic bullet (what you keep and snort coke out of), to the moon in a soda can means you get high by smoke whatever out of a can instead of a pipe or a bowl. snow white? oyster (oxycontin). Maybe its just me but it seems like you have to know by now your not getting into heaven if your hanging out in mexico doing drugs. if you dont believe in science that is, which conor does and doesn't care if heavens all sold out.
    splitintwoon June 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti thought his comment was quite amusing
    HomerunHenryon July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song on the album. Seems to be about not worrying about constantly aspiring to some lofty goal (like getting into heaven). The sold/souled play on words is pretty clever.
    muteoffon July 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@ splitintwo: the magic bullet line is not a drug reference, it's a reference to the kennedy assassination.

    Theorists say there could have been another shooter on the "grassy knoll". If not, Oswald would have had to use a "magic bullet" because the prez was hit from a different angle than where oswald was standing.
    blizzane05on August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is really interesting -- there's a lot of mystical & religious themes (aside from the souled out in heaven) and I love how some of these things really contrast each other ...

    I'm going to take a stab at this, but I think maybe he's trying to emphasize his contrast to his surroundings in Mexico AND his not fitting into Heaven. For instance, he's living in Mexico ... he's friends with Miguel, they're smoking Mexican brick weed and he's building this "reputation" of being this cool guy from the states even though his appearance (pale skinny guy long hair etc) is so much different from theirs and would normally keep him apart.

    And there are all these lines like, "Like dry ice in the summertime" OR "Flying kites in the wintertime" which are just kind of contrasting things. putting out dry ice -- which creates all that smoke because of its extremely cold temperature, in the summertime. and then flying a kite in the wintertime, which just seems like a bizarre statement in itself -- it seems like such a summer/spring activity to do -- it seems out of place -- just as conor is in mexico. just as conor would be in heaven.

    But I think this place he's found here mexico just really suits him ... the song is just littered with all this mysticism, "Magic carpet is the transportation
    Went to the moon in a soda can" ... And I think it has more in it than conor and his hard partying ways and not getting into heaven, etc etc -- because that's all so surface level. I just feel like like if we really look at this song and everything from snow white and magic bullet line to stretching the truth to the promise land ... there's a rather surreal but deep statement here.
    mytwohandson August 06, 2008   Link

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