"Happy Accident" as written by and Oberst....
There's a lot of things I could have done
Little tokens of my love
That I was always saving up to spend
It's the thought that counts, I guess
Even ones that don't make sense
Even when it's easy to forget

To much time for the self-employed
I heard you scream in your mother's voice
So afraid you'd become her in the end
You want a life that you cannot live
But that is what keeps you competitive
Throw another shower for a friend

Tell me where it is
Because I'm looking for their happiness
C'mon, tell me where it is
For the sake now of the argument
C'mon, tell me where it is
Because I'm looking for their happiness
C'mon, tell me where it is
Because I'm looking

Not yet a mother but a good complex
You like the boys when they're scared of sex
What a shame that they grow up to be men
Well, maybe father does know best
And that's the reason why he left
All your pride to the last ditch you defend

It took a while to accept our fate
And all the chance it eliminates
Once we did there was nothing to pretend
Always say there's a time and place
So maybe ours will consolidate
If they do I will greet you as a friend

You can show me where it is
Because I'm looking for your happiness
C'mon, show me where it is
Now you found it all by accident
C'mon, show me where it is
Because I'm looking for your happiness
C'mon, tell me where it is
Because I'm looking


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  • +1
    General CommentI like it... Conor sounds a little funny at the beginning though.

    I think its about telling a girl who's afraid to grow up, to accept it and be happy. It sounds like she might have not done well early in life, and is now paying for her mistakes.
    pcomet235on March 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this, ive missed conor.
    zombiesareradon March 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is exactly what i needed right now. thank you, conor. i've missed bright eyes.
    rupptizzleon March 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentconor's voice sounds excellent in this.

    "you want a life that you cannot live, but that's what keeps you competitive"
    love it.
    AllChokedUpon March 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay forget what i posted earlier i listened to it some more and idk just i love this song
    lilmeenieon March 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentChemicalZen has it the closest of anybody here, but it's just worded a little awkwardly. It's a song about somebody who's placed value on material possessions, and Conor is imploring them to show him their happiness, because he doesn't see it.
    timeiswhaton September 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentExcept that the line about 'I heard you scream in your mother's voice' is NOT about wanting to be her mother, it's about NOT wanting to be like her- 'So afraid you'd become her in the end'. The fact that she's 'screaming in (her) mother's voice' is saying that she's already becoming her mother.
    timeiswhaton September 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously about a girl with daddy issues, someone like myself :/ A "Happy Accident."
    Aquarius121on September 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about our Great Mother, and her daughter here on Earth...

    Does anyone else make that connection?
    jayandsilenton November 14, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's about a girl who ended up getting pregnant and she had to deal with all the stress of being a young mother while her friends got to live their lives. Now her friends are starting their families and they are so happy and she can't seem to find out why when she was so miserable going through the same thing. Then she begins to understand that she could've been happier about it.

    Yea that's what i think so...
    lilmeenieon March 11, 2010   Link

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