Well, morning came and it dressed the sky
In a lovely yellow gown
Now the shops, they are all opening
In that narrow hallway of downtown
It's filled with people who are shopping
For their lovers and their friends
Saying, "I won't ever be lonely again"
Now a forest fenced becomes backyards
Like songs are born from sound
And an apple fell and it taught us all
We are chained here to the ground
So, I mean, here we go, but there ain't no escape
These streets are just dead ends
So I won't ever be happy again
Now it seems that you too see a painful blue
When you stare into the sky
You could never understand
The motion of a hand waving goodbye
But as the story goes, or it is often told
A new day will arise
And all the dance halls will be full of skeletons
That are coming back to life
And on a grassy hill the Lion will lay down with the Lamb
And I won't ever be lonely again
But until that time I think I had better find
Some disbelief to suspend
Because I don't want to feel like this again


Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery, edited by pixelcreme

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    General Commentdoesn't anyone know what this song means? all of you just pick random lines and, blah blah. sheeeet.
    juicybananaon October 22, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningBro I think I can explain what the song means, but it's just an interpretation. Imma try to answer this shit legit tho my dude:
    The first half of the song, up until the point where Conor Oberst first says, "so I won't ever be happy again," I believe he is discussing the turmoils of living in society because living in a society where "I won't ever be lonely again" requires you to constantly be there to support your "lovers and friends," and this implies being, what one would call, "happy." The remainder of this section deals with the facts of life. There are many facts of life, and one of them is that you will not always be happy, which Oberst is often not. Oberst goes further to emphasize the sadness in this song, aside from establishing a slow melody, displaying an obviously tragic title, and utilizing the overall tone of voice that he does, by discussing facts of life that shove our true limitations in our faces. Bright Eyes capitalizes on this section of the song as a whole by, I'm sorry I really don't know the musical terms, but building the melody or, as you would say, building the beat for a hip-hop song (starts at line 8: "Now a forest fenced becomes backyards" this statement of course meaning that everything around us is simply taken from the beautiful earth and now we generally destroy it and use it for crude purposes, i.e. corporations taking down forrests, endagering animals by way of conducting work with dangerous materials, etc.). Notice "So, I mean, here we go, but there ain't no escape \ These streets are just dead ends," stating that one may not simply "leave society," you are a part of it forever unless you actually do leave society as a whole. This raises the point that in order to survive, many people in the modern world do require, or at least would prefer the benefits of, today's society because it helps them acquire everything they need for living in addition to extra commodities as well. Of course, this is still all just my interpretation so it could not only be applied to society, but life entirely as a whole, especially considering his focus on the limitations of people in real life. I do not know much of Mister Oberst's past, therefore I do not know of the particular reasons why he may seem so emotionally distraught.

    The next few lines (15-19 on this site), Oberst references a "you" so as to, if nothing else, imply that he is conversing with another being. As a consolation to this being, after simply stating that life is basically all shit, he states, "But as the story goes, or it is often told \ A new day will arise." and the things that follow this statement are all inevitabilities. Skeletons will come to life and dance, a lion will betray his nature and lie down with a lamb (generally inevitable if in the wild at least), and finally, as Mister Oberst puts it, "I won't ever be lonely again," being the final inevitability to be listed. This is a list of things that will not happen, not in his opinion anyway, therefore he continues, and he feels terribly sorrow, and he would never like to feel this way again.

    To be completely honest, this song means that life is fucking stupid a lot of the time, and depending on who you are, it could be fucking terrible every single day of your life, but damn any man who does not become emblazened with appreciation when he looks up into the sky and sees it dressed in a "lovely yellow gown."
    netramzon January 23, 2014   Link
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    General Comment"And an apple fell and it taught us all we are chained here to the ground." What a great song. Just about feeling lost. This song is so identifiable to me. So wonderful. Connor is a genius. There's no denieing that. "And on a grassy hill the lion will lay down with the lamb and I won't ever be lonely again. But until that time I think I had better find some disbelief to suspend, because I don't want to feel like this again."
    Sweetygal16on May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGAH! I love this song. Connor is my god..
    SoIllDieTomorrowon August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Comment(only one n in conor) and i adore him. i would give a limb to see him live. this song is brilliant, ever single lyric this man writes is amazing, i adore conor oberst.
    "And an Apple fell and it taught us all we are chained here to the ground" that line is perfect.
    .bright.eyed.girl.on March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti downloaded this song and it was some chick...bah. can't seem to find the real version of this song.
    myfinalfailureon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti downloaded this song and it was some chick...bah. can't seem to find the real version of this song.
    myfinalfailureon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pure genius.. like bright eyed girl said, every single lyric he writes is amazing. I absolutely love this song, it's one of my favorite BE songs. I love the first line:
    "Well morning came and it dressed the sky in a lovely, yellow gown.."
    SarahLovesMusicon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn the song "The Movement Of A Hand" it says, "Soon all the joy that pours from everything makes
    fountains of your eyes because you finally understand the movement of a hand waving you good-bye."
    I really like the connections you can draw between certain songs and thereby widen their meaning.
    InLoveWithRebeccaon July 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI have this song too (downloaded it) but what album is it on?? I feel like a BE n00b asking ...
    rizzenon January 01, 2005   Link

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