train's comin gonna lay on the track
happy ride here laying on my back
let the train wheel come take my life
let the big steel make it alright

cause i got no friend to tell the trial
lots of enemies, so quick to defile
s'pose im drunk again but i dont care
all i know is im less than the air
so lets not compare

feeling sorry are you?
feeling blue are you?
down and out now and overdue
feeling crumpled up and dented in
are you trapped within your very own skin?

its like a jail, you, you cant see the bars
cant escape it by bleeding through your scars
self deprecation is a boring hand
you're just bringing everyone down man.

feeling sacrificed you?
feeling slammed are you?
claustrophobic on this open land?
feeling smothered by the deep blue sky
does the sunset hurt your eye?

well you're not the only one
who got caught in the rain
this whole world dont revolve around your pain
you can go on now, spin out in misery
ill take the sun and the sea.

well shamshamalingon, whoa dipdydip
while my mental record starts to skip
orange lemon limes and tangellos
(whats a tangello?)
see the coconut tree next to the mighty mango

the high sierra is in my rearview mirror
aint it beauty, beautiful my lovely dear
we got time so, lets not abuse
lets wear holes in our shoes.

Lyrics submitted by sarabroc

Less Than the Air (feat. Conor Oberst) song meanings
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    General Comment

    this is such a beautiful song! I love the part in the end where david explains to conor what a tangello is. it is so great!

    AnajoKaroon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    The end of this song to me is really stupid. Conor is awesome and everything but why would that need to be on this song? It sounds VERY scripted.

    Squirleyon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is completely what I'm going through right now in so many ways.

    loosenthelightson October 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    I think it's "happy right here laying on my back," for the second line...

    Great song.

    neartotheinfiniteon November 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    I love the song, and the end bit is amusing I absolutely adore Conor and David.

    CloudInControlon May 03, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation

    This song is about ass holes who talk about commiting suicide at really fun parties.

    Yagelazyon September 24, 2010   Link

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