Laura, are you still living there on your estate of sorrow? You used to leave it occasionally.
Now, you don't even bother to ride that commuter train west to Chicago,
to stroll through the greenery, in the park, past the statues.
How their eyes seemed to follow you like a hated addiction.
Their beauty carved out of absolutes that you could never claim, or even envision.
Laura you were the saddest song in the shape of a woman. I thought you were beautiful,
but I wept with your movements. I hope you are laughing now from that place of the carpet
where we shared a sleeping bag, in your sisters apartment. Oh how she would worry so, you know,
I was just a stranger. But she asked me to care for you. That is what she did
and I went and betrayed her. But do you know we are in high demand,
Laura, us people who suffer? Because we don't take to arguing and we are quick to surrender.
Well, I think I would call tonight if I still had your number.
Your thoughts have always laid close to mine. We were both skipping supper.
But you should never be embarrassed by your trouble with living.
Because it is the ones with the sorest throats, Laura, who have done the most singing. Everybody!
La La La La La La La La La Lah...


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  • +5
    General CommentTonight I went to see Bright Eyes and right at the end when they started singing the la la la's Conor handed me the mic and let me sing ..
    NameTakenxoxon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'm surpised noone has said anything about this song yet. it's so amazing.

    "But you should never be embarrassed by your trouble with living
    'Cause it's the ones with the sorest throats, Laura
    Who have done the most singing"

    Conor Oberst is even more amazing.

    stickingtosheetson July 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'd probably say that this was my favourite bright eyes song. the words and the way they're sung just totally grab me, right from the first line. "Laura, you were the saddest song..." is my favourite line, though "Well, I think I would call tonight...", for personal reasons, makes me feel like I'm not alone after all
    hang on to a dreamon September 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me cry. it kind of sounds like he is singing to someone who has passed away.
    betweenfriendson April 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commenteverytime i hear hated addition i die inside
    thefuneralhadbegunon May 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyea the hated addiction part is my favorite part. He said at my show that Laura was a friend of his who was very very sad
    worcpunk61on June 22, 2003   Link
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    General CommentApparently it's about an old friend of his, she was very depressive. At some point, he chose music over her.
    Princess |\/.\/|on June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Comment<3 I'mma Laura.. and this song means somethin' specail.
    LulusXeon December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this song is about suicide, but then again, it's impossible to know.

    I think it's simply about this person named Laura who the singer once knew. He's first asking if she's upset, and he talks about how she use to go to "west to Chicago", and now she's too depressed for even that.

    "To stroll through the greenery in the park past the statues
    How their eyes seemed to follow you like a hated addiction
    Their beauty carved out of absolutes that you could never claim
    Or even envision"

    Their beauty that she couldn't claim - possibly self-esteem issues. She wanted to be beautiful like the statues, who were still, stable and perfect. But he [the singer] thinks says, "I thought you were beautiful", but her sadness was something he couldn't deal with and they both ended up being hurt.

    The next part about the "sleeping bag" on the carpet is just him thinking about the times he spent with her, and her Sister who was worried about her - because she knows Laura is easily hurt. And then the singer "betrayed" Laura, because he gave up, so he feels gulity. "We're quick to surrender". Obviously a problem from both ends, but he takes the blame.

    At the end he's simply saying that you shouldn't be upset at the fact that you have a hard time dealing with relationships, friendships, and just life in general, because it just makes you more human in the end, and that the one's who've suffered the most "have done the most singing", like he is.
    kaoruchan100on January 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthe mentions Laura in "Landlocked Blues"--

    "and laura's asleep in my bed.."
    burntcigaretteon April 11, 2005   Link

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