Is it true what I heard about the Son of God? Did he come to save? Did he come at all?
And if I dried his feet, with my dirty hair, would he make me clean again?
They say they don't know when but a day is gonna come, when there won't be a moon
And there won't be a sun. It will just go back to the way it was before.

I knew a lovely girl, with such pretty pride, and every man wanted her, and so did I.
So did I. But she up and died in a fit of vanity.
Now men with purple hearts, carry silver guns. And they will kill a man
For what his father has done. But what my father did, you know it don't mean shit.

I'm not him.
So you think I need some discipline, well, I had my share. I have been sent to my room.
I've been sat in a chair. And I held my tongue. I didn't plug my ears. No, I got a good talking to.
And now I don't know why, but I still try to smile when they talk at me

Like I'm just a child. Well, I'm not a child. No, I am much younger than that.
And now I have read some books and have grown quite brave. If only I could just speak up I think
I would say that there is no truth. There is only you and what you make the truth.
So I will just sing my song and I'll pass a hat. Then I'll leave your town and never look back.

No, I don't look back because the road is clear and laid out ahead of me.
I'll get home and meet my friends at our favorite bar. We'll get some lighter heads for our heavy hearts.
And we will share a drink. Yeah we will share our fears and they will know how I love them.

They will know how I love. They will know how I love them.
I am nothing without their love.
I don't know when but a day is gonna come when there won't be a moon and there won't be a sun.
It will all go black. It will all go back to the way it is supposed to be.

Is it true what I heard about the Son of God? Did he die for us? Did he die at all?
And if I sold my soul for a bag of gold, which one of us would be the foolish one?
Which one of us would be the fool? Which one of us would be the foolish one?
Which one of us would be the fool?

Could you please start explaining? You know, I need some understanding.
I could do good with some explaining. You know. I want to understand.


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"Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come" as written by Conor Oberst Oberst

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    General CommentNow men with purple hearts carry silver guns and they'll kill a man for what his father's done
    But what my father did, no, it don't mean shit, I'm not him

    wow...thats amazing! He grew up a catholic so is this song just questioning religion and everything he learned as a kid??
    b-radon August 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree with b-rad that this song has to deal with his child hood and questioning religion and what he was taught as a kid. I think also that in the "But what my father did, no, it don't mean shit, I'm not him" part, it talks about how, if a member in your family did something, ppl will look at you for what the person did, and not for anything that you do.This song's great, Conor knows what ppl need for life too, Friends/Love, Writing/Expressing yourself, and Alcohol (going out and havin a good time)
    Devo2234on September 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"there is no truth. there is only you and what you make the truth."

    it's my new life philosophy.
    a perfect sonneton May 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commenttwo quick notes

    "And if I dried his feet with my dirty hair
    Would he make me clean again?"

    I get the image of kneeling down and praying, asking for forgiveness. Basic Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation that if you go with sincerity, your sins will be forgiven but some see this as a "get out of jail free card" to not take responsiblity for their actions and that god will always forgive me. (i was there once)

    and the truth line

    Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. this is from the Buddha
    i interpret it more as think for yourself but that line really could go about 10000 different ways. Psychological Egoism, Normative Subjective Relativism, a lot of eastern spiritual stuff. if we interpret truth subjectively, that runs the risk of creating some large large egos. alright that wasn't quick but hopefully insightful. later dudes
    Pope1342on September 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"But what my father did, no, it don't mean shit
    I'm not him"
    That part always reminds me of my father with my granddad.

    My dad grew up in a small town and his dad was a lawyer. His entire life all he's ever heard of is how great a lawyer his dad was and how he should be one too and yadda yadda yadda.

    My dad always responds the same way "My father was a great man, but I can't be the same man he was. We all have to find our own way."

    I think this song really focuses on deciding on things for yourself (religion, the truth, your direction in life etc.) In the end no one can explain to you. People can help you and assist you and discipline and try to explain to you as much as they want but its up to you to figure it all out.
    sundayykindagirlon November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think is this the most instrumentally challening song Bright Eyes has done to date. Wow. It really builds and explodes. The lyrics are a bit screwed up there from what he says, though...
    popnoiron August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHey everyone I just corrected the song. Hopefully its all correct.
    This song is absolutely amazing and very powerful.
    I write poetry....oh how I envy Conor hehe. Anyways the song is beautiful one of the best songs off the Lifted CD.
    rubenon September 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites from this album. I just saw them in concert a few weeks ago and they are absolutely amazing. That was also the first time I heard this song. I think it's brilliant and everyone can relate to it in some way.
    Alone_is_meon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI was at the San Fransisco show on Sunday night, the 13th of October. That was the first time i had heard that song and i thought it was hella sick
    bdsasukeon October 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGREAT song :) very heart felt and i like it alots!
    RaspberryPerfumeon March 06, 2003   Link

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