How do you do the things you do to me?
Well, Ian says he's feeling it
And so are all the boys he's with
My head is clear, I'm not convinced
But still say, "How do you do the things you do to me?"
Well, if throwing up is "feeling it"
Then Justin is just not interested
Some things you see might not exist
But that never lasts that long


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    Justin is his brother. Ian is his cousin.

    LuckyMonkeyon February 19, 2005   Link
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    what? y'all are krazeee...it's just about barfing when you see the one you love. y'know, like in southpark?

    heartdrenchingon December 08, 2006   Link
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    Justin Oberst is Conor's older brother. Ian McElroy is Conor's cousin and was his bandmate in Desaparecidos. The Ian people are refering to in the song "Poison Oak" is different. He passed away. That is the Ian sung about in this song.

    neelixon May 11, 2007   Link
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    Ian McElroy is Conor Oberst's cousin; I assume that's who "Ian" in the song is. His brother, Collin McElroy, died around 2000 or 2001. I think he killed himself, but I could be wrong. Maybe "feeling it" is understanding and sharing his grief. But then again, Conor's already written several songs about his cousins, so it could be something different.

    Bright_Tigresson March 12, 2009   Link
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    Hmmm...this song is a virgin for comments. How odd. Its good stuff. I often wonder if this song is about drug use. Am I alone?

    bright.eyed.girlon March 26, 2003   Link
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    "Well if throwing up is 'feeling it' then Justin is just not interested." Kinda makes me think that it's about drinking. Just cause it's something that Conor is definately "feeling". Hahaha. Sorry...

    But then: "Some things you see might not exist but that never lasts that long." Sounds like drug use. I don't know...

    Disketteson April 21, 2003   Link
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    it seems like he's being used... like date rape.. but he's not quite 'feeling' the date rape.. so he's going along with getting used... and Justin had the same stuff and he's not playing along...

    starsgocoldon December 04, 2004   Link
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    i know that justin is his brother,no idea who ian is. i think he's singing about drinking,justin is saying that its not worth it if you're going to feel like shit and puke later,but the rest of the boys are going along with it.what cd is this on?

    promisexkepton December 12, 2004   Link
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    i agree that this song is about alcohol or drugs.

    passthespectionon May 10, 2005   Link
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    this is off of "too much of a good thing is a good thing"

    euthanasia27on June 18, 2005   Link

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