"Ahead of the Curve" as written by and Conor Oberst....
Another perfect day
They keep piling up
I got happiness
That I can't maintain so beginner's luck

I had shoes to fill
Walkin' barefoot now
Can't tell north from south
But no split hairs gonna get me down

I'm stayin' above the flat line
I'm ahead of the curve
Take a piece of the sunshine with me
On a red eye flight to another world

It isn't any trouble
If you wanna come with me
I know it's out of the question, honey
But I sure could use the company
And a place to be

Now the sky is pink
Rooftop swimmin' pool
I'm not carefree, no
I'm free to care, I just never do

All the bags are checked
And the reasons why
Yesterday lingers on
That's the peace you keep when you say goodbye

You can get what you want now
Knock it out of the park
Bury it by the river
Easy, there's a search party but it's gettin' dark

I won't hold you to nothin'
I wanna make that plane
Probably end up a stranger, crazy
But I'm still hoping there's another way
And a place to stay

What a scene has got you sentimental
When the night comes, when the night comes loose
All the things you've put up on the mantle
What a shame, what a shame it's old news

I'm stayin' above the flat line
I'm ahead of the curve
Take a piece of the sunshine with me
On an all night drive to another world

You can get what you want now
Knock it out of the park
Probably end up a drifter, lonely
But I'm still hoping for a change of heart
And a place, a place, a place to start


Lyrics submitted by colin06, edited by paxtonsmith, JaimieMurdock, kb217

"Ahead of the Curve" as written by Conor M Oberst

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  • +2
    General Comment"I'm not carefree, no
    I'm free to care
    I just never do."

    mmmmmm.
    <3 this whole album :]
    omghayleyon December 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentprobably my favorite on this record.
    its about parting with someone and something, a life gets left behind and starting somewhere new, how its sad and you get nostalgic of course and wish it could be different but its not, and its not so bad, its something you have to do...
    XianSnakeon September 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfantastic. just fantastic.
    saltandpepperon September 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeginner's luck :)
    AliElGiganteon September 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely my second favorite from the album. I love the guitar on this.
    Modestlyon September 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthooray for conor and mike reunitingg, along with m. ward and jim james (yim yames?.. i don't know)
    tyygeron September 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics is , 'got happiness that I CAN maintain, some beginners luck'.
    Seem to be the first song Conor has written about his new found content with his life, and for the first time he is happy, hence the beginners luck.
    ryanjamesheathon October 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok this song was definitely conors new anthem i think. i read the lyrics before i heard the song and knew immediately that he wrote it. this is the most personalized, beautiful song on the record. his new found happiness is clearly defiant and is a far cry from bright eyes and i love it.
    iamcharlatanon November 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty sure he's actually saying 'some beginners luck' in the first verse.
    brokensatelliteson November 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are "when the night comes, when the KNOT comes loose..." Conor's magical word play here referring to the equally beautiful "Knot Come Loose" song by Jim James and My Morning Jacket.
    LandlockedLauraon November 16, 2009   Link

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