The air was all dust and not so untamed
The ground opened up and swallowed all of the rain
And it swallowed you too, into distance unknown
As they sat down for dinner they waited for you to get home
Yeah, they set a place for you

So don't believe everything you read in that diary of yours
And this nervousness, it isn't all your fault
It's just these shaking hands won't do what I want them to
And I've tried to guess what it is that you thought about
That act of contrition that rolled off our tongues as you wept
What are you crying for?

Just dust my heart and you will find
There are no fingers printed there
Just the untouched place that lies inside
Of every lonely boy tonight

And all of this open air has caused me to choke
On your new found hope for me

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Act of Contrition song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentThat is just because you do not appreciate his great lyrics. But that sucks for you, not the rest of us, we know good music.
    shortgirl_05on August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love the way he says "rolled", it really..erm.. rolls.

    The idea of the dust and then the line:
    "and all of this open air has caused me to choke "

    Every second of this song is beautiful.
    Emoominon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis lyrics so amazing it hurts to read me there is not one bright eyes song that surpasses another in value. They are all so perfect. Whether it be on an album, vinyl, live. Its not so much the music even but the words the emotions. "choke" anything he can not handel
    bright eyes burn meon January 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know exactly how he feels. I've thought about this subject before i even heard of Bright Eyes...
    skies are grayon May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"just dust my heart and you will find
    there are no fingers printed there
    just the untouched place that lies inside
    of every lonely boy tonight.
    and all of this open air has caused me to choke
    on your new found hope for me."

    gets me everytime
    I can do the Frugon March 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone else think its about suicide? on her part...
    Claysavesthedayon April 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti swear to god, this song was written to make me cry. personal connections to my take on this song just makes it top the charts.
    XnightingaleXon April 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts a very emotional song makes me cry
    Remyon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is so moving.. it makes me sad... he's so beautiful

    south jersey is for lovers
    starsgocoldon December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes my cry so much. especially when he says the part about the lonely boys. *tears*
    deadpeoplerhoton January 12, 2006   Link

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