"White Shoes" as written by and Conor Oberst....
You can wear your new white shoes in the muddy afternoon
Walking past these day drunks too, they whistle with their hands
But I could be your catcall too, anything you wanna do
Anything you wanna do

You can take your slide trombone, play it in your catacombs
Find a town that moves real slow and turn it on its head
And I could be your Pharaoh's tomb, anything you wanna do
Lover anything you wanna do

If you want to be common I can claim that I tamed you
A demigod in a bonnet, they're gonna know it ain't true

You can paint your nails lime green, rent yourself a limousine
Kidnap the professor's niece, just tell them that she's dead
We'll party in a hotel room, anything you wanna do
Sister anything you wanna do

You can get your hair all wet sleeping on the riverbed
Kiss a frog and then dissect, gotta find out what's inside
And you can have my bad side too, anything you wanna do
Sure anything you wanna do

If you want to be common I can claim that I tamed you
A demigod in a bonnet, they're gonna know it ain't true

And yes, you are King David's star
And the crescent moon, and the crescent moon
You must sweep the Bodhi tree
I sit beneath, I sit beneath

You can wear your new white shoes in the dirty afternoon
Walking through the traffic fumes, a flower in your hair
And I will swing upon your moods, anytime you want me to
Just tell me what you wanna do, anything you wanna do
Lover anything you wanna do, lover anything you wanna do


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"White Shoes" as written by Conor M Oberst

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  • +3
    General Commentwalkin' past the stay-drunk stoop
    Bacio24on April 17, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHe had a great set-up for this song in concert...

    "I need a favor from the lighting person. I want you to make it real dark ... and I'll return the favor."

    And then the lights go red, he plays the intro, and everyone gets chills.
    Way_AEon April 30, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song stands out on the album, one of the softest, most sincere, relaxed & heartfelt songs i have heard... it is deeply romantic to the point that it is just a mood- timeless
    williambleakon May 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentkiss a frog and then dissect
    adrianadrianon April 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's
    "you, my sweet, the bodhi tree
    i sit beneath, i sit beneath"
    saltandpepperon September 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionSure, anything you want to do

    i think its 'Sugar, anything you want to do'
    pythagoreantheoremon July 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this is him telling this person that he loves them and accepts whatever they want to do or whatever path in life that they choose to take. And whatever they want to do, he's okay with it.

    This song is absolutely beautiful and at the show my friend went to he said Conor started crying halfway through the song, so maybe it's a bit deeper than I explained it above.
    entiretyon January 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You can paint your nails lime green
    Rent yourself a limousine
    Kidnap the professors niece
    Tell 'em that she's dead
    We'll party in a hotel room
    Anything you wanna do
    Sister, anything you wanna do"

    New words to live by.
    TheStoryIsInTheSoilon January 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a person he feels like he's losing, to keep them around he just goes anything you wanna do anything for you to stick around. It could also be someone he wants to help. I dunno haha. It's a really lovely song, also really sad.
    justiceisinlovewiththesoundon January 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is actually called "White Shoes"

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    brighteyes304on March 25, 2009   Link

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