Well, the future spills its intangibles
An unknown set of variables
A path that split infinitely up ahead
So tell me what's the use to pick and choose
From what you should or shouldn't do?
That's time spent better sleeping in your bed
Or wide awake in a shopping mall
Trying clothes on from off of the wall
Yeah, anything to entertain yourself
Because a costume can be comfortable
It can make you feel more beautiful
It can even make you look like someone else
But it's still you, so there's nothing you can do
Like a bad habit, the one you couldn't kick, there it always is
And it's nothing that no doctor's going to fix

They pat your back bruised with their accolades
And all four walls are a trophy case
But that doesn't make it any less of a cage
But you can make it all less difficult
By embracing the ephemeral
Then you'd never have to worry or explain
Because if it's really all just physical
Then my memory's immaterial
So why then do I remember you at all?
But I do, I do, my friend, I've seen your face
We shared a cup, I know the taste
Its sweetness is relentless on my lips
So help me drink in everything that is
Like a freed convict, drunk on redemption
From the way I've been
But I swear this time that things will be different

Well, right and wrong, they have never been that far apart
For those who'd write that sentence where you hang
We will be lifted up from all of this
Yeah, we will transcend the insignificance of our existence
Yeah, your body's gone, but angel, you will live

Yeah your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone

Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone

Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone
Now your body’s gone, but angel, you will live

Lyrics submitted by iddonuk

We Are Free Men song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentAGH !!! comment you fools, comment! this is one of the best bright eyes songs ever!

    "now your body's gone, but angel you will live" so beautiful.
    a perfect sonneton April 20, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyour not supposed to know the exact meaning - embracing the ephemeral- just listen and love the way it flows so lightly but says sooo much.. d.o.e. youre bodies gone but angel you will live
    andcaitsaidon May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...does anybody know whos singing this w/ conor?? id sure like to find out...
    brighteyes4750on May 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimon Joyner - he's a folk artist. He does some pretty interesting songs.
    jephqueon July 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy doesn't anyone comment on this song? it is great! I love the lines, "'Cause a costume can be comfortable/ It can make you feel more beautiful/Yeah, it can even make you look like someone else." To many people feel like that, like they can't be themselves.
    shortgirl_05on August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlyric is: drunk on redemption (2nd paragraph half way down)

    i love this song, alhtough f**k it, i love all of them...

    Rob_C_Kellyon August 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust for the record, i am stealing simon joyner's voice because it's just s.e.x.
    everything that ison March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm undetermined on this song. I don't think that I like Conor with someone esle's voice, all duet like. Conor sounds best solo....although I do like it when he's back up by a female, like on "Feburary 15th"......But then I do like the male voice back up in "Drunk Kid Cathloic." Maybe I'm crazy...or maybe I just don't like this particular voice with Conor.
    I don't know.
    Disketteson April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is, of course, of one the greatest BE songs. I love the way the voices blend, especially at the end. I'm a sucker for Saddle Creek-style choirs. It's one of the few hopeful Bright Eyes songs, too. It gives hope for the end of all this stuff.
    myXnameXisXdistanceon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenta good song but a song i may not know the exactl meaning of the song but the idea of it is powerful because conor plays some great songs that he writes and its amazing stuff beause he writers for the ear he doesn't write for anything else.
    ryang11r0yon April 13, 2004   Link

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