Laura are you still living there
On your estate of sorrow?
You used to leave it occasionally
But 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 you could never claim
Or even envision
Laura you were the saddest song
In the shape of a woman
Yeah I thought you were beautiful
But I wept with your movements
But I hope that you're laughing now
From that place on 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
Yes she did
But I went and betrayed her
But do you know we're in high demand
Laura, us, people who suffer
Because we don't take to arguing
And we're 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
Cause it's the ones with the sorest throats, Laura,
Who have done the most singing

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  • +5
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    Tonight 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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    i'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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    I'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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    this 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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    everytime i hear hated addition i die inside
    thefuneralhadbegunon May 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
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    yea 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
  • +1
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    Apparently 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
  • +1
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    <3 I'mma Laura.. and this song means somethin' specail.
    LulusXeon December 24, 2004   Link
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    I 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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    he mentions Laura in "Landlocked Blues"-- "and laura's asleep in my bed.."
    burntcigaretteon April 11, 2005   Link

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