I dreamt of a fever,
One that would cure me of this cold, winter set heart.
I dreamed of a fever
One that would cure me of this cold, winter set heart

With heat to melt these frozen tears
And burned with reasons as to carry on
Into these twisted months I plunge without a light to follow
But I swear that I would follow anything

If it would just get me out of here
And so you get six months to adapt
And then you get two more to leave town
In the event that you do adapt

We still might not want you around
And I fell for the promise of a life with a purpose
But I know that that is impossible now
And so I drink to stay warm

And to kill selected memories
Because I just can't think anymore about that or about her tonight
I give myself three days to feel better
Or I swear I'll drive right off a fucking cliff

Because if I can't learn to make myself feel better
Then how can I expect anyone else to give a shit?
And I scream for the sunlight or a car to take me anywhere
Just get me past this dead and eternal snow

Because I swear that I am dying, slowly, but it's happening
So if there is a perfect spring that's waiting somewhere
Just take me there and lie to me and say it's going to be all right
It's going to be all right, yeah, you worry too much, kid

It's going to be all right


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If Winter Ends Lyrics as written by Conor Oberst Oberst

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    "i give myself three days to feel better or i swear i am driving off a fucking cliff because if i can’t make myself feel better then how can i expect anyone else to give a shit"

    Absolutely amazing.

    Will.i.amon July 05, 2002   Link
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    i'm so afraid of growing up and not being able to relate to this

    howardtjmoonon November 22, 2010   Link
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    I can't believe how good he describes his pain, listening to him makes my pain go away...

    A true musical genius...

    FourDiceSon August 13, 2002   Link
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    makes me feel like shit to know that i will never be able to express myself anywhere near like conor does

    stripesprojecton September 08, 2002   Link
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    this has to be one of the greatest songs i have ever heard in my life. for someone to be able to express themselves so eloquently is so rare and beautiful. i just kills me... in a good way. bravo bravo!

    shes stokedon March 12, 2003   Link
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    I give myself three days to feel better Or I swear I'll drive right off a fucking cliff Because if I can’t make myself feel better Then how can I expect anyone else to give a shit? And I scream for the sunlight or a car to take me anywhere Just get me past this dead and eternal snow Because I swear that I am dying, slowly, but it's happening So if there is a perfect spring that’s waiting somewhere

    this just makes the song so powerful

    dab036on May 20, 2007   Link
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    this is my second favourite bright eyes song, i think let's not shit ourselves (to love and be loved) is conor's best by far.. still this one is incredible!

    psycholeprachaunon February 27, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation

    Everyone says that listening to this song makes them want to cry but really, it takes all of my problems and sorrow of winter and gives me energy, like when you're so upset you get mad and energetic. It takes all the negative energy and throws me into spring with force.

    sorry for such a weird description

    forbidenxlovezxon October 04, 2010   Link
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    Oh my god thats about all i can say i really love this song it makes me cry

    sbailey85on May 28, 2002   Link
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    conor is amazing... his lyrics speak to every 1 who appreciate music for what its really worth. I give praise to him for all of his work. Its helped me through a lot

    supersadgirlon June 14, 2002   Link

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