From the cheap seats… (in my studio)

January 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Posted in music | 4 Comments
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Conor Oberst uses poetic devices masterfully and cohesively. So inspired…Here are the amazing lyrics:
Oh, oh, oh brother totem pole
I saw your legends lined up
And I never felt more natural
Apart, I became a part

Please, please, please sister Socrates
You always answer with a question
Show some kindness to a petty thief
Forgive, ya did forgive

We watched the migrants smoke in the old orange grove
And the red rocket blaze over Cape Canaveral
You’ve been a father to me
In 1960’s speak
gives me comatose joy
Like re-run TV
While the mountainside was shining
Wild colors of my destiny

I watched your face age backwards
Changing shape in my memory
You told me victory’s sweet
Even deep in the cheap seats

Hey, hey, hey mother interstate
Can you deliver me from evil
Make me honest make me wedding cake
A tone, I will atone

Wait, wait, wait mighty outer-space
All that flying saucer terror
Made me lazy drinking lemonade
A waste, it just went to waste

Like the Freon cold out the hotel door
Or the white rocket fade over Cape Canaveral
You’ve been a daughter to me
Your buried shoe-box grief
I felt your poltergeist love like savannah heat
While the waterfall was pouring
Crazy symbols of my destiny

I watched your face die backwards
Little baby in my memory
Ya whispered victory sweet
Even deep in the cheap seats

And you don’t judge me
That’s just not your style
But I won’t see you for a little while
There’s no worries not now
Whose got time
All these changes trying to fill your mind

Like the citrus glow off the old orange grove
Or the red rocket blaze over Cape Canaveral
It’s been a nightmare for me
Some 1980’s greed
Gives me parachute dreams
Like old war movies
While the universe was draw’n
Perfect circles for infinity

I watched the stars get smaller
Tiny diamonds in my memory
I know that victory’s sweet
Even deep in the cheap seats



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  1. Hey there sweet girl!!
    He kind of reminds me of the old bauhaus days. 🙂 thanks for visiting my blog!!

  2. weird!!!! karlene!!! i was JUST thinking about a cd you had back in those days….(sheriff)! and then i see you posted here. the damned, hoodoo gurus…you know, i think i graduated college with over 400 cd’s. those dang cd/book clubs had me at hello! LOL

    conor oberst actually reminds me of a combination of several of my favorites: pink floyd and tom petty, paul simon and paul westerberg, and a hint of johnny cash

    hope you have a great day, stranger!

  3. I have an award for you…

    BTW… hope the strep bug has passed!

  4. Thanks, Roberta! I am honored that you thought of me. 🙂 I will get to it SOOOOOON….between here and facebook, I think I have four memes to complete. 🙂

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