"Nothing Gets Crossed Out" as written by and Conor Oberst....
The future has got me worried, such awful thoughts.
My head is a carousel of pictures.
The spinning never stops.
I just want someone to walk in front and I'll follow the leader.
Like when I fell under the weight of a schoolboy crush.

I started carrying her books and doing lots of drugs.
I almost forgot who I was, but came to my senses. Now I try to be assertive.
I'm making plans.
I want to rise to the occasion, yeah, meet all of their demands.
But all I do is just lay in bed and hide under the covers.

I know I should be brave but I'm just afraid of all this change.
It's hard to focus through all this doubt.
I keep making "To Do" lists but nothing ever gets crossed out.
Even working on the record seems pointless now. When the world ends, who's gonna hear it?
But I try and take some comfort in written words, yeah Tim I heard your album and it's better than

When you get off tour I think we should hang and black out together.
Because I've been feeling sentimental for days gone by...
all those summers singing, drinking, laughing, wasting out time.
Remember all those songs and the way we smiled in those basements made of music.
But now I've got to crawl to get anywhere at all. I'm not as strong as I thought.

So when I'm lost in a crowds, I hope that you'll pick me out.
Oh, how I long to be found.
The grass grew high. I
laid down.

Now, wait for a hand to lift me up, help me stand.
I have been laying so low don't want to lay here no more.
I But if everything that happens is supposed to be and it is predetermined, you can't change your destiny.
Then I guess I'll just keep moving and someday, maybe, I'll get to where I'm going.

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"Nothing Gets Crossed Out" as written by Conor Oberst Oberst

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    General Commentonly 6 people have commented on this?? this is one of my very favorite songs, and my favorite song on lifted.
    these lines....
    "Now I'm trying to be assertive
    I'm making plans
    Gonna rise to the occasion yeah
    Meet all their demands
    But all I do is just lay in bed
    And hide under the covers
    Yeah I know I should be brave
    But i'm just too afraid of all this change
    And it's too hard to focus through all this doubt
    I keep making these to-do lists but nothing gets crossed out"
    were my feelings exactly at the time when i had first listened to it. i was just trying to convince myself i was more optimistic than i was, thinking i could fool myself into assuming this personality i so clearly did not have. it really helped me look at myself in better light.
    oberstmeon March 28, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"Yeah, Tim, I heard your album and it's better than good
    When we get off tour I think we should
    Hang and black out together"
    It's interesting that part of this song is directed at the lead singer of cursive/good life and the "black out" reference to the good life album... remembering commander venus I guess... a very nostalgic song… great new album
    thinkwaitfaston August 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the best song ever. damn i love how he just starts singing in the very beginning before you even know what is going on
    noahst7on March 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I heard the reference to Tim of Cursive, I damn near literally fell out of my chair because I had just finished listening to "The Ugly Organ" for most of the day being on a Cursive high, and when I heard that reference I was like "no way..." and now that I've discovered here that it is about the guy from Cursive....ah nevermind. I have nothing important to say. I'll stop XP
    LurkerAbysson October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSo when I'm lost in a crowd
    I hope that you'll pick me out
    How I long to be found
    The grass grew high, I laid down
    Now I'm waiting for a hand
    To lift me up, help me stand
    I've been laying so low
    Don't want to lay here no more

    Don't want to lay here no more
    Don't want to lay here no more
    Don't want to lay here no more

    that part makes me cry.
    secondhandsmokeon July 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me feel better every time, and I can relate to it a lot. I"m really glad that everyone feels the same way! I've introduced so many people to this song beacuse they were going through a hard time...this song really helps. The end is just SO comforting.

    Someday, maybe, we'll all get to where we're going..and then it's gonna be okay.
    EarlySunsetson July 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing
    stickingtosheetson July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinitely references to the older band days....love it
    PLANESon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is me...when I listened to Lifted, the whole album blew me away, but this song in particular had me...

    "Gonna rise to the occasion and meet all their demands. But all I do is just lay in bed and hide under the covers..."

    Conor fucking rules.
    lifeundomeon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite bright eyes song. lyrically, conor oberst is a genius, every one of his songs is very well written. i love this guy...
    takingbacksundaychicon March 28, 2003   Link

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