Well we talked about old times
Like a couple of old guys
And took a little walk to the old baseball diamond
And along came O'Brien
With a guitar in his hand
Met us on the field with impeccable timing

He said I got a new song to show ya
Though it probably ain't gonna blow your mind
And the thing about O'Brien was
He could always make a string buzz like it was 1989
And I remember my old car and that old girlfriend of mine

It was a cracked wooden thing
He said wanna talk about old strings
It's been 10, 12 years since I last changed mine
And it says Sears down the neck
Had a little blood stain on the second fret
But you know it still keeps impeccable timing

And he said I got a brand new song to show ya
Though it probably ain't gonna blow your mind
And the thing about O'Brien was
He could always make a string buzz like it was still 1989
And I remember my old car and that old girlfriend of mine

And that's the story about O'Brien blew my mind


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O'Brien/O'Brien's Nocturne song meanings
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    General CommentI first heard of M. Ward on ACL, too. I saw the episode rebroadcast about a year later and I DVR'd it and I rewatch it constantly. I also bought the recorded version of "O'Brien," but it's nowhere near as good as the live version they did on the show. I wish I could get a recording of it. I always think it's funny that he says O'Brien's guitar kept impeccable timing. How does a guitar keep timing? Isn't it the guitar player? Well I guess it worked for the song. Also amazing on that episode is the song the lead singer of My Morning Jacket performed right after this song. That episode turned me on to them, as well.
    brownsvillegirlon September 04, 2007   Link

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