"Temazcal" as written by and Conor Oberst....
Putting on my power, righteous as a rose
Dynamite the mountain, now I'm walking up the road
The love we made at gunpoint wasn't love at all
The dancing in the valley, the moons is the mirrored ball
Blew open my mind, now it's an empty room
Swinging in the hammock, dogs are walking across the roof
I watch you braid your hair, you're from another time
When the earth wasn't so angry
And god was on our side

Searching west and east
And all points in-between
Underneath the lines of thought
You're there and then you're not

The mayans stole tomorrow, hid it underground
We come with heavy magnets but it still hasn't been found
I'm sweating out my secrets in the temazcal
They're screaming in the calle that there are stars about to fall

Looking through the trees
Cities and the seas
Things we've seen
Ovnis on the lawn
They're there and then they're gone
There and then they're gone

Searching west and east
All points in between
And underneath the hand of god
You're there and then you're not


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"Temazcal" as written by Conor M Oberst

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  • +2
    My OpinionI have to say... I think Jim James has a voice which can be even more haunting than Conor's... Ever listened to Hopefully off 'At Dawn' by My Morning Jacket? Oh my...

    Still, this song is amazing. I can't even think about the meaning, I don't know if I want to, it might spoil it...
    Phonixfireon September 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment'the love we made at gunpoint wasn't love at all'

    I love this line, I'm not sure how to apply it to my other theories about this song though.. Maybe it's just another thought mixed in. That being forced to do something doesn't validate the action. It could be trying to give artificial love to the world or god or something, but for unjustified reasons.

    'i watch you braid your hair, you're from another time
    when the earth wasn't so angry
    and god was on our side'

    I see this as before the earth was so manipulated by man, and this person, probably a girl, braiding her hair is from that time without the excess people search for now. From a simpler time perhaps.

    'looking through the trees
    cities and the seas
    things we've seen
    ovnis on the lawn
    they're there and then they're gone
    there and then they're gone'

    End of the world, all these things disappearing.
    Or maybe it's just that they're hard to see or understand? Like if you look from the simpler time viewpoint like that girl braiding her hair when god was on our side, a viewpoint from from a forest, through the trees, then other irrelevant products of man's ego disappear like cities? But seas are natural.. hm someone else can perfect this.

    'the mayans stole tomorrow, hid it underground' and 'they're screaming in the calle that there are stars about to fall'

    From these lines I infer the 2012 Mayan prophecy of the end of the world. They stole tomorrow, the future, and stars about to fall is the destruction of the world which i think Nostradamus describes of the world's poles switching or something. Calle in spanish means street, road also.

    'searching west and east
    all points in between
    and underneath the hand of god
    you're there and then you're not '

    Someone's either looking for this person who's underneath the hand of God, or is there. Underneath the hand of god could be portrayed as protection. Sometimes there(under protection, being earthly) and sometimes not(not under god, indulging in wants, desires, etc). Another interpretation is exactly the opposite of said protection. underneath the hand of god, like the destruction of the world under the hand of god. You're thre and then you're not, you're alive, then you're dead. Idk there's alot of ways to take this.
    lisasonodaon January 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOvnis means aliens in Spanish.
    davenporton September 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPhonixfire is correct, Jim James is the greatest figure in this band.
    michaelbelongon October 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh conor... haunting me.
    humanityon September 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh my, oh my.. Hauntingly beautiful, once again..
    AliElGiganteon September 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy far my favorite on the album. Not just because its conor doing lead vocals. But those god damn lyrics.
    Modestlyon September 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe moon's the mirror ball*


    they're screaming in the calle*
    chlorophyllbloodon September 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"always on the line" I believe.
    haveanicelifeon September 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyric booklet says, "ovnis on the lawn"
    brandon tautouon September 23, 2009   Link

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