"Hit the Switch" as written by and Conor Oberst....
I'm staring out into the vacuum again,
From the back porch of my mind.
The only thing that's alive.
I'm all there is.
I start attacking my vodka.
Stab the ice with my straw.
My eyes have turned red as stop-lights.
You seem ready to walk.
You know I'll call you eventually.
When I want to talk.
Until then you're invisible.
There's this switch that gets hit,
And it all stops making sense.
In the middle of drinks maybe the fifth or the sixth.
I'm completely alone at a table of friends.
I feel nothing for them.
I feel nothing.
Nothing.

I need a break from the city again.
I think I'll ship myself back west.
I got a friend there she says, hey anytime.
Unless the offer's expired.
I have been less than frequent.
She's under no obligation to indulge every whim.
And I'm so ungrateful.
I take.
She gives and forgives.
And I keep forgetting it.
Each morning she wakes with a dream to describe.
Something lovely that bloomed in her beautiful mind.
I say, I'll trade you one for two nightmares of mine.
I've got somewhere I die.
I've got somewhere we all die.

I'm thinking of quitting drinking again.
I know I've said that a couple of times.
I'm always changing my mind.
I guess I am.
But there's this burn in my stomach,
And there's this pain in my side.
When I kneel at the toilet,
And the morning's clean light pores in through the window.
Sometimes I pray I don't die.
I'm a goddamn hypocrite.
Then night rolls around,
And it all starts making sense.
There is no right way or wrong way.
You just have to live.
So I do what I do and at least I exist.
What would mean more than this?
What would mean more?
Mean more.


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"Hit the Switch" as written by Conor Oberst Oberst

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    General CommentI really just want to say this:

    I just read every single comment on this song, it is by far a stand out from Digital Ash for me...And I want to say, thank you, fans of Bright Eyes and Conor Oberst.
    You all bring beauty to the world every single day! You are all so intelligent, with amazing minds and the profound ability to appreciate true art!
    It is so rare to find fans of a band/singer who aren't just saying "omg, he is sooo hott!! Marry me, have my babies!"
    Sure, we all have to agree he is an attractive man, but I just adore that you are all so intelligent as to appreciate the songs, the in-depth yet beautifully subtle way he explains things.

    So, thank you, I love you all and appreciate you keeping Bright Eyes in the world!

    We are a rare breed; we who can appreciate true art, and every single one of you are perfect in the most imperfect way, just like our beloved Conor.


    That is all.
    I adore this song, this man and this band!

    Xox
    ChemicalCaitlinon May 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is definitely the best track on digital ash.
    lauralaurenton November 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcorrection on the first verse--

    i'm staring out into that vacuum again
    from the back porch of my mind
    the only thing that's alive
    i'm all there is
    and i start attacking my vodka
    stab the ice with a straw
    my eyes have turned red as stoplights
    you seem ready to walk
    you know i'll call you eventually
    when i wanna talk
    till then you're invisible
    Mopnuggeton November 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMay Angels, I think the hypocrite part is different and opposite than what you say. I think that he is a hypocrite in the sense that sometimes you feel as though you want to die, but when it comes down to it and you're closer, you start to wish you had more time.

    I think this song is one of the most awesome on digital ash, too.
    daddysgunon February 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wonder if Oberst is referring to the switch that the character Brick from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof referred to. Brick (Paul Newman) was an alcoholic who tried to numb the pain of his best friends passing by drinking until the "switch" in his head was hit, meaning he could finally feel at peace with himself.

    Brick: It's like a switch, clickin' off in my head. Turns the hot light off and the cool one on.

    It would be so cool if Oberst was inspired by this ahahha
    harolson July 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow amazing:

    "And each morning she wakes with a dream to describe, something lovely that bloomed in her beautiful mind. I said I'll trade you one for two nightmares of mine." I mean there is lyric writing and then there is something so profound as this. WELL DONE Connor.
    craigagranoffon September 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabsolutley the best track on this cd
    float on OK?on November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great...i love the third verse...i feel like thats the feeling that i get when i talk to a few girls i know
    punkassportz88on November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"but the night rolls around &it all starts making
    sense. there is no right way or wrong way, you
    just have to live. so i do what i do &at least I
    exist. what could mean more than this?
    what could mean more?
    mean more? "

    awesome song, i totally agree that its the best song on the new album!
    asongtopassthetimeon November 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThere's a problem to me with the first stanza...
    "and i start attacking my vodka."
    It makes sense... but it doesn't sound like he says 'vodka' at all. not even close. Before I looked it up, i thought he said 'thoughts', which doesn't even sound like it... but it's closer than 'vodka'.
    oh well... if you guys are getting these lyrics from an actual source, then i'll agree... but if you're just listening to the song and decifering...
    btw, this has to be the cockiest song on the new album... it's a lot different musically and lyrically then most everything else...
    new producer?
    claytonbellmoron December 22, 2004   Link

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