"One of My Kind" as written by and Conor M Oberst....
I can't live in this city
But I was born here
And I know all these people
Where they went to high school
Where they got their angle
Here they waited tables
Still call me brother
Like Cain and Abel

There, see all those old men
How'd they get so swollen?
I got so many broke friends
Who say I owe them
From when we were children
How did it happen?
Where is it going?
Is that your question, man?
Where does all your frustration lie?
Why are you pulling out your hair at night?
Just try and have a good time
All the rest aside
You're still one of my kind

I can't think in this city
But I remember
I know every story that it ever told me
Well, I got the blueprint
To create my own myth
That's what made it tragic
Like a summer snowdrift

Yeah, going to call my first love
Meet her at the new club
Tell her all that I've done
Finally be forgiven
And get good and drunk
Like it feels you're young
There are things against us
But I will fight tooth and nail
Stand in the sickening sunshine
After staying out all night
And maybe it's the good life
All the rest aside
The rest aside
The rest aside
You're still one of my kind

I can't live in this city
But I'll probably die here
Maybe that's how you feel
Like a poisoned cornfield
Like a best friend backstabbed
An abandoned train track
We're living straight-lined
Are you one of my kind?

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"One of My Kind" as written by Conor Oberst


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    General Commentat the end i think he says "this city's all i know"
    entiretyon January 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJesus chris, what a fantastic song. The emotion in this song reminds me of Conor's earlier work.
    jethrothekidon April 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI take it there is no recorded version of this yet? It's just from the documentary?
    rmx386on April 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell there is a semi-live version recorded for IFC.com
    jethrothekidon April 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsuch a great song!
    i wish there was a studio version of it..

    however, i always get
    "like a poisoned caulfield"
    Grace_Stephon April 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite new song. i absolutely love it. i wish there was a recorded version.
    a simple wishon April 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentawe-inspiring song. i hope it comes out on an EP a few months from now, much like smoke signals, er, i mean "gentlemen's pact" did. suchhh a good song!
    deathcabforbrighteyedluison April 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHow amazing! The imagery is amazing. Definitely reminds me of older stuff.

    By the reaction of Phil Schaffart when the song is done. It sounds like he's still working this song out. He most likely wrote it after they went to Sonic Ranch to record Outer South. Or else I think he would have put it on the CD. Also it looks like he is reading the lyrics.

    I bet it will come out on an EP soon. Can't wait for a nice studio recording of it!
    Torkleon April 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti adore this song!
    when it came on at the end of the mystic valley band doc
    i just fell in love!
    "they still call me brother, like cain and able"
    i iwish it was on the album
    ParkerEloiseon April 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is AMAZING! it def. reminds me of the earlier stuff he's done. i do hope it shows up on a cd sometime down the line but i really like the way it is in the documentary. i think recording it in a studio would somehow take away from it. i can't even count how many times i have listened to this song since the documentary came out. i love it!
    seekeroftruthon May 05, 2009   Link

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