You follow the footsteps
Echoes leading down the hall to a room
There is music playing
Tiny bells with moving parts

Here the shadows make things ugly
An effect quite undesirable
The bold and yellow daylight
Grows like ivy across the wall
And it bounces off of the painted porcelain
A tiny dancing doll
Her body spins as she pirouettes again
The world suddenly seems small

On an off white subtle morning
You stretch your legs in the front seat
And the road has made a vacuum
Where our voices used to be
And you lay your head onto my shoulder
Pour like water over me
So if I just exist for the next ten minutes of this drive
That would be fine
And all these trees that line this curb
Would be rejoicing and alive

Soon all the joy that pours from everything
Makes fountains of your eyes
Because you finally understand the movement of a hand
Waving you goodbye

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The Movement of a Hand Lyrics as written by Conor Oberst

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    Okay the end of this song is very important...."you finally understand the movement of a hand waving you good-bye." If you fast forward to An Attempt to Tip the Scales the first line is..."Did you expect it all to stop with a wave of your hand?"

    popnoiron June 29, 2002   Link
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    this song makes me cry. right now.

    fuk3ron March 05, 2003   Link
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    hm. i know this isn't really what the song means, but to me it reminds me of my exact feelings as i was walking to school with a friend that i knew i wasn't going to see soon after, if ever. how i payed attention to every detail and was just putting off the moment we had to part. "So if I just exist for the next ten minutes of this drive That would be fine" it was such a prolonged walk and in the end we both knew that there were like 5 minutes of being together left, but it felt like those were the longest and most important moments of my life.

    "Soon all the joy that pours from everything Makes fountains of your eyes Because you finally understand the movement of a hand Waving you goodbye " after he had gone, it still hadn't hit me that he actually left until i saw him turn around and wave again before disappearing from sight. it was kind of like closure.

    this comment is probably pretty lame and not worded well, but i wanted to share. haha

    lassylaon March 28, 2009   Link
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    Nowhere_Girlon July 25, 2002   Link
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    leavenon July 27, 2002   Link
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    Bright Eyes is ridiculously good

    emogreenon August 08, 2002   Link
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    i think that this song is about the end of depression and the beginning of happiness. "you finally understand the movement of a hand waving you goodbye" refers to the death of the sadness which once ruled the life. it is so because he describes beauty in this song, and it's really nice. a nice message of hope, well, to me at least that's what it means. bright eyes is amazing in concert, despite all of the screaming little drunk girls. sort of fucks up the experience, though. not too much.

    helpful_cornon April 16, 2003   Link
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    The road has made a vacuum where our voices used to be. Understanding seems inaudible, for Conor never writes of speaking at all in this song. It seems all very centered around clarity.. Soon all the joy that pours from everything makes fountains of your eyes because you finally understand the movement of a hand waving you good-bye. That for every good bye, there's a hello to some new aspect of life, and this joy and optimism found in new experiences is so overwhelming, yet welcome.

    xdressthepartxon April 26, 2003   Link
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    Does anyone else love the tune he has when he says "painted porcelain".. wow...

    jackielantern8on April 28, 2003   Link
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    I honestly don't know the relation here, but listen to the ending of The Movement Of A Hand, and the beginning of that the same music, or is it just me? Love Bright Eyes to death.......and death.

    thestarsaredeadon June 27, 2003   Link

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