There is a middle-aged woman dragging her feet
She carries baskets of clothes to a laundromat
While the Mexican children kick rocks into the street
And they laugh in a language I don't understand
But I love them
Why do I love them?

So the neighborhood is dimming, I smoke on the porch
Watch the people as they pass enclosed inside their cars
And on their faces, just anger or disappointment
I start wishing there was something I could offer them
A consolation, what could I offer them?
When they are sad in their suburbs, robots water the lawn

And everything they touch gets dusted spotless
So they start to believe that they've not touched anything at all
While the cars in the driveway only multiply
They are lost in their houses

I have heard them sing in the shower
making speeches to their sister on the telephone
Saying, "You come home
Woman, you come here
Don't stay so far away from me"

This weather has me wanting love more tangible
Something I can hold because it's getting cold
I say hold up our fists to the flame in the sky
To block out the light that is reaching for our eyes

Because it would blind us
It will blind us
I have locked my actions in the grooves of routine
So I may never be free of this apathy

But I wait for a letter that is coming to me
She sends me pictures of the ocean in an envelope
So there still is hope
Yes, I can be healed
There is someone looking for what I concealed
In my secret drawer, in my pockets deep
You will find the reasons that I can't sleep
And you will still want me
But will you still want me?
will you still want me?

Well, I say come for the week
You can sleep in my bed
And pass through my life like a dream through my head
It will, it will be easy
I will make it easy

But all I have for the moment is a song to pass the time
A melody to keep me from worrying

Oh, some simple progression to keep my fingers busy
And words that are sure to come back to me
And they will be laughing and they will be laughing
My mediocrity

My mediocrity


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A Song to Pass the Time Lyrics as written by Conor Oberst

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  • +3
    General Comment

    we all know the songs are good you don't have to tell us again

    vacantjoshson July 21, 2002   Link
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    Listen closely at 7:14 you can hear Connor and somebody else speaking. I opened up my digital audio workstation and messed with the levels to get a closer listen. Here's what I got.

    connor: like were a god damn fucking hospital

    other dude: but its a fucking just little dj radio bullshit show man what the fuck do you think we are, we recording artists are fucking puppets, man, i mean shit

    c: you ever heard of saddle creek fucking records,

    i dont think i have man

    c:i started that fucking label, this is bullshit dude

    ... looking at me with his fucking, hairy eyed shit, put out, put out, all thouse fucking new wave groups

    fucking atherial

    the avant sad sack folk they got'em ...

    bullshit

    for one im fed up

    ...

    kayak??

    and my local..

    ...

    its horrific man, i mean, i mean, i mean, maybe you ought to think twice about what your doing in there, and, and who you're fucking with

    check your fucking mic

    sporkiton November 23, 2008   Link
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    the general feeling of this song is so completely sad. just to want to give everything away to help everyone else because it kills to see the pain that is going. its universal...the pain that we feel. i mean think about it. every song you realy i mean REALLY feel connected to is sad. its how we connect.

    i felt this way when i left for college. it just sucked so bad and i needed the warmth of the love that felt so far away.

    Yes, I can be healed. There is someone looking for what I concealed in my secret drawer, in my pockets deep, you will find the reasons that I can’t sleep and you will still want me. but will you still want me?

    this is how i feel a lot about relationships. its like once they see the artist the dwells inside, they run away. maybe just once they won't...

    indierockchick27on November 30, 2004   Link
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    I think it is kind of funny that this is a website where people are supposed to figure out what an artist is saying (hence the title Songmeanings.net) yet all I ever read when looking up comments are how the song is beautiful and people writing the lyrics YET again just to say "that is good". I mean, I am not opposed to the whole concept, but I do know that there are bright eyes discussion boards for that stuff and I think it would be nice if people use this website for the purpose that it was meant to be used for...figuring out what a song is trying to say.

    BowlOfOrangeson April 29, 2003   Link
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    General Comment

    sometimes live he sings :

    "come for the week, you can sleep in my bed &unwrap me like a birthday present. I will be easy. I will be easy for you."

    _aeronauticalon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    this songs is too awesome

    ally8staron January 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
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    this song is beautiful

    tinkerbellaon January 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Why cant I write like Conor?! He is so brilliant.

    AndForgetMeNotson April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    yes, conor oberst is a genius..by any chance does you name have any connection with the saves the day song "Holly Hox, Forget Me Nots", AndForgetMeNots?

    ifxwinterxendson April 27, 2002   Link
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    yep that explains it enough i would say

    emofolkkidon August 03, 2002   Link

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