Back of the boat was painted wrecking-ball
There was country music playing but he don't like it all
And red fire poppin' on the rained-down woody
There was whiskey bottle-spilling and a lake, it was made of salt

Well, look out back, there was a note on the door it saying
"Everybody listen, we will be the next Omaha"

Well, if you find yourself falling apart
Well, I am sure I could steer
The great salt lake
Falling apart
Well, I am sure I could steer
The great salt lake

Your old man was but a wishing machine
It's time that you could spin
Now that he is getting old
When Billy Lorett had found a watering hole
It's a place to lay south or the heads of coyote

Now, if you find yourself falling apart
Well I am sure I could steer
The great salt lake

Follow me home
We want more
Follow me home
We all want more
If ever beat down
We know who we are
They know who we are
If ever beat down
We know who we are
They all know we want more

Lyrics submitted by kylethelion, edited by beirut-14, OnlyJuancarlos

"The Great Salt Lake" as written by Christopher Early Benjamin Bridwell

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  • +5
    General Commentit simply means, I would stand next to you as you cry.
    shaw44on March 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoesn't seem like too many people use this site anymore but I'm still surprised that nobody has come up with this connection: The Great Saltair was a classic music/dance hall around the turn of the Century. It was considered the Coney Island of the West when it mysteriously burned down in the 1920's. One rumor was that alcohol was involved. Ultimately is was torn down and rebuilt. Look for lyric references to a wishing machine, wrecking ball, fire, and alcohol. Perhaps some of it's ghosts still "Stand" on The Great Salt Lake!
    maculpepperon May 07, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs. Honestly don't even know all the lyrics, but I always imagined a sad guy in some dingy country bar drinking his sorrows away and leaving a 'great salt lake' of tears.
    Heisenberg65on June 02, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwe will be the next on the hold
    corganon April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment.evol
    slinkstersarson April 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou know i listen to it again, and i hear
    instead of
    'Well look out back there was a note on the door'

    i hear;

    'well look out michael there is a note on the door'
    slinkstersarson April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmm i'm pretty sure he says "hull" and not "hold' seeing as how the latter doesnt make much sense.
    monohaloon April 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat i got was:

    "well look out back, well there's a note on the door,
    sayin 'everybody listen we'll be the next over hull'"
    wethevehicleson May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat is very plausible...but i just cant hear it... i hear michael! i feel like i am crazy...haha
    slinkstersarson May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its:

    "Well, look out Michael, there's a note on the door,
    Everybody listen, we'll be the next Omaha"

    referring, possibly, to that Bright Eyes is from there and Conor Oberst has started a label--including the band Rilo Kiley, who has also referenced "Omaha's booming music scene" in one of their songs. although who knows.
    flutterbyariaon May 17, 2006   Link

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