"Gentleman's Pact" as written by and Conor Oberst....
I was lost for a while in a mirrored hallway of a high-rise hotel
Umbrella drink in my hand, sitting down
Saw ten thousand me's, numb cocaine teeth in their chattering mouths
Thought about home, thought about death, thought about moving south
Rodeo wind blew in, now the candle's out and everyone's scared
Call my broker, sell everything, I want to be prepared
Heard the cavalry cry of my girl for the night when I entered her
Sounded so fake, always feels fake, finishes and then it feels worse

Every hallway has a camera
Every hallway has a camera don't you know
They never let you open the window
They never let you open the window

Smoke signals of thought, white ribbons of loss
High above the tree line, they cry out

I froze up for a second on the pyramid side of the Las Vegas strip
My brother hunched over in the bushes getting sick
Security knew took one look and threw us out
Life's not fair
I tried to die young with my true love, ended up a millionaire
The mechanical world, a loud sound you've never heard that's always there
Radio's trailing through the desert, keep driving until you disappear
We made a gentlemen's pact: no stopping, no looking back
Lace those shoes.
Take the first step
Take the next step
That's a boy!
It is never too soon

All that you keep is the journey, all you keep are the spaces in between
It's not the fresh start or the ending
All that you keep is the journey

Smoke rings round my thoughts
Blue ribbons at the dawn
High beyond the tree line we pass out
Smoke signals of thought, white ribbons of loss
High above the tree line they cry out

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    General CommentI love this song. I think it's about being tired of life. It's certainly not a new theme for bright eyes, but he makes it original.
    NiQon February 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthis new songs make no sense...waaah...
    flippant thoughtson February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwow amazing! i love ittttttt and i love him!
    gazsafaon June 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsurprisingly good, especially when the drums come in
    tyygeron July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI haven't Thought too much about this song, but the first concept i made about this song is its about thinking of life, and "Smoke signals of thought" are like those cartoon think bubbles.

    "Heard the cavalry cry
    My girl for the night when I entered her
    Sounds so fake, always feels fake
    Finishes and then it feels worst"

    Bad sex haha
    MatHoughon July 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim really upset this and breezy didnt make it on the album
    jethrothekidon July 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentomg aaaa this didn't make it on the album along with "let them in" "breezy" and "where pilgrims disappear" !!!! let them in was my fav song, im actually soooo pissed of! i hope they're on the B-side of the album!
    gazsafaon July 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song..
    it really seems like this album was influenced more by leonard cohen than any other work conor has put out.

    oh, and gazsafa...
    "where pilgrims disappear" did make it on the album, it's just called "sausalito."
    arienette__on August 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is actually called "Gentleman's Pact."

    It was on the set list when I saw Conor at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC.
    illiteraturekidon August 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is called gentleman's pact and its part of an ep thats coming out of the same name.
    todaytonighton October 24, 2008   Link

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