Were you surprised that we never spoke?
Then in the still of the night, when nothing stirs
I woke and I gathered up some clothes
I never planned on this but it's the way it goes
And now it all seems so familiar
Like pages turned on calendars
We get the same twelve months to fuck things up
Year after year
And I can't believe how down I am
Like the well I'm being lowered in, now water stops,
The bucket drops us farther and farther down
Well, I guess that you never knew me
Or at least not well enough
So I fill my gut with dark red wine
Until my brain shuts off and my eyes go blind
You won't see me there in that thick black air, yeah
I'll finally make something disappear
Because I've been practicing disappearing
And I think that I've got it down
But now there is no sun, just a cellar
Nowhere is sky, it's just that black, black dirt
Expanding outwards, just echoes for answers
Not that it matters if it's back or it's forwards
Unhappy lovers with baskets of flowers
Use them as markers
The place where your bed once stood
A time when it still felt good
But you'll get that feeling back
You just need some time to drink
And so I'll fill my gut with that blood red wine
Until my insides swim and my veins unwind
I'll be lying there in that hot white air
Once that something is gone it might never reappear

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    General Commentgreat song!!! bright eyes are so awesome
    saddestgirlstoryon September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heart this song. I've been listening to it non-stop for the longest time. I can't believe more people haven't commented.
    Emoeyeson June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a dark song, I love it. I know what it feels like to want to fade away from everything and when i feel like that i want to hear this song.
    ThereIsARiskon April 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh god good song...bright eyes is my life

    so indie rock man

    peace and love
    marley rocker 101on July 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song haunted me at first.. it seriously wasn't that long until i was contemplating suicide...i was depressed... i was so down it was crazy.. but i'm all better now. lol
    apocalypse84on December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite bright eyes songs. I listen to it over and over and over. I agree that it is haunting. I relate to this song more than any other bright eyes song (except for the wine part). I love how he says "once that something is gone it might never
    reappear." Sometimes i just feel like disappearing for good, but i already have! also the line "now it all seems so familiar like pages turned on calendars we get the same twelve months to fuck things up-year after year" is what i quote every new years.

    The song should have more comments!!! Anyone who hasnt heard it, download it now! It's AMAZING!!!
    sXe_chicanaon January 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentplease tell me that it's neely singing with him?
    mrs-mojo-risinon February 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is certainly one of my favorite Bright Eyes songs. Just to sit down and completely emerge yourself in it brings a wave of emotion. Conor really did a brilliant job on the atmosphere. Everything sounds absolutely perfect.

    This is probably one of the more straight forward songs though I choose to analysis it anyways. I think that the song really represents a feeling at the time. He never planed it but it just seemed to happen and he didn't really try to stop it. Now he knows how the story goes and he keeps slipping farther and farther & he's just drinking(no shit) a lot. I think that the thick black air and vanishing is more of his way of saying that once he drinks that he can "vanish", probably as in just leave everything behind all the feelings and forget that he is anyone. The cellar (wine cellar?) more drinking? and also that he has kind of become a recluse, just hides himself from the world and drinks. "echoes for answers" means that he keeps trying to figure out all of this, why things are falling apart, but it just echoes out for answers, never getting any. "doesn't matter if it's backwards or forwards." This kind of conflicts though I think that it doesn't matter if the answer is bad or good, maybe his fault or not. The next part took a lot of contemplating but I have come to the decision that it means to dwell on past/unhappy lover(s) (I have no clue about the flowers) not allowing you to love/god knows what any longer, that love only hurts now. You will be able to love again you just need some time to dwell on the pain of the last/drink. Now this part might be totally off by the hot white air represents that now he is clear to see that he wants to love but once something is gone it might never reappear, meaning he may never get that love again.

    2)Here is an over all, a little different now that I analyzed the whole thing.
    His love with a girl was falling apart slowly though he did nothing to really stop it. Maybe even helping it by trying to mask the fact that it was falling apart. Now the love is dead and he notices how much he loved her and keeps on asking what happen to their love, not caring whose fault it was. Afraid that they could never have the same love.

    ((sorry it was really early, über-infomal))
    ParadoxicalTruthon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah. I forgot to say that there are quite a few pieces missing from the song.
    ParadoxicalTruthon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentl understand how people would like to disapear from the world and how theyre better off secluded on their own than with outside distraction that corrupts and robs them of everything, but l think that its those same people who make the greatest impact on me...
    lts everyone else that should disapear.
    katerxdaisyon April 12, 2005   Link

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