"To All the Lights in the Windows" as written by and Conor Oberst....
Moses up on the mountainside, what a place to meet
He brought his pad and his pencil, poured himself some gypsy tea
And all the world's multiplicity, they turn his brain and his soul to stone
He drew his face on a tablet and carried it back home

Jesus off in the water, standing on His feet
Yeah, that's the thing about charisma it makes everyone believe
But there is nothing impossible
When I'm with you and when you're with me
I got a sad sinking feeling that, that can never be

But I'm going to do what I can for you, I will make a plea
To all the lights in the windows, the puddles in the streets
And all the lovers that you've been teasing from your balcony
May they carry you far from my memory

Solomon heard a protest from the lower court
Reached in his ear for a silver dollar just like he'd done before
He tossed it high, said that wisdom's fickle and chance is God's retort
And handed them a sentence, it was death by Trojan horse

Pharaoh woke from a bad dream splashed some water on his face
When it's a matter of nightmares you had better ask a slave
And he may tell you a famine's coming or he may look away
If he's kind then return it, let him lick your plate

But I'm gonna do what I can for you, I will make a plea
To all the birds in the chimneys, the whales up on the beach
And all the footsteps that you've been hearing like a timpani
May they carry you far from your enemies

I'm gonna do what I can for you, I will make a plea
To all the lights in the windows, the puddles in the streets
And all the hours that you've been sitting at your vanity
May they carry you far from your misery, may they carry you far

Jesus off in the water, standing on His feet
Yeah, that's the thing about charisma it makes everyone believe
That there is nothing impossible
When I'm with you and when you're with me
I got a sad sinking feeling, I got a sad sinking feeling
I got a sad sinking feeling that will never be




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"To All the Lights in the Windows" as written by Conor M Oberst

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    General Comment"Wisdom is fickle and chance is god's retort" The man is a genius
    hotpotofcoffee86on May 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI loveee it!!! i wanted to write the lyrics to this song lol
    but arghhh i love it too much!
    gazsafaon April 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti wish he'd sing more of the songs on the album
    tyygeron April 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is incredible. Now that I've listened to the album a few times, I'd say this is my favourite.
    laurararaon May 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful song with the integration of biblical and historic storytelling and interpretation. The narrator may be talking to a former lover. Or, he may be a disenchanted lone wolf singing to the human spirit (do what I can for you), as it exists today, and how it manifests itself in today's religion (charisma), politics (footsteps/enemies), and culture (vanity/misery).

    "There is nothing impossible when I'm with you and when you're with me
    I got a sad sinking feeling, that that could never be"

    This is about a loving spirit, like Lennon saying "give peace a chance", but "wisdom is fickle, and chance is God's retort", so it ain't likely to happen.

    Love the poetic flow of this song!
    ComfortZoneon January 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"But I'm going to do what I can for you
    I will make complete"

    It's not "I will make complete" it's " I will make a plea"
    Cyberghoston April 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"timpani" not "tambourine", i think.
    saltandpepperon April 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's such a great song :)
    Prothesenschlachton April 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd all the lovers that you've been teasing
    From your balcony=
    Shakespeare


    Solomon heard a protest
    From the lower court
    Reached in his ear for a silver dollar
    Just like he'd done before
    He tossed it high
    Said that wisdom's fickle
    And chance is God's retort
    And handed them a sentence
    It was death by Trojan horse
    = amazing
    Dustman0587on April 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPharoah woke from a bad dream
    Splashed some water on his face

    - I love how this is sung.
    helloyellowbirdon May 12, 2009   Link

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