A Perfect Sonnet Lyrics - Bright Eyes

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Lately I've been wishing I had one desire
Something that would make me never want another
Something that would make it so that nothing mattered
All would be clear then
But I guess I'll have to settle for a few brief moments
And watch it all dissolve into a single second
And try to write it down into a perfect sonnet
Or one foolish line
'Cause that's all that you'll get so you'll have to accept
You are here then you're gone
But I believe that lovers should be tied together and
Thrown into the ocean in the worst of weather
And left there to drown
Left there to drown in their innocence
But as for me I'm coming to the final chapter
I read all of the pages and there is still no answer
Only all that was before I know must soon come after
That is the only way it can be
So I stand in the sun
And I breathe with my lungs
Trying to spare me the weight of the truth
Saying everything you've ever seen was just a mirror
And you've spent your whole life sweating in an endless fever
And now you are laying in a bathtub full of freezing water
Wishing you were a ghost
But once you knew a girl and you named her Lover
And danced with her in kitchens through the greenest summer
But autumn came, She disappeared
You can't remember where she said she was going to
But you know that she's gone 'cause she left you a song
That you don't want to sing
We're singing I believe that lovers should be chained together
And thrown into a fire with their songs and letters
And left there to burn
Left there to burn in their arrogance
But as for me I'm coming to my final failure
I've killed myself with changes trying to make things better
But I ended up becoming something other than what I had planned to be
Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers
And layed entwined together on a bed of clover
And left there to sleep
Left there to dream of their happiness

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when it takes a turn | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/27/10

It's so amazingly beautiful. It's funny though, it just perfectly encompasses that bitter feeling I have. The bitter aftertaste you have when you have been totally broken and you know you lost the love of your life and there just isn't anything left and you don't believe in love anymore. Then, in just the last verse it changes to a more happy idea and I just don't understand it.

I just like to ignore it. It makes me think of the sylvia plath poem vertical. Maybe love is just for dreams and it isn't real. That's the only way it fits in my paradigm.

My Interpertation! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/21/10

I agree that the title "A Perfect Sonnet" is meant to be ironic. Because it's not meant to be a sonnet, perfect or not. It's a reference to the fact that he says he wants to write a sonnet as well as a comparison with the fact that love is not Perfect. Someone put it very well; if it were perfect and love was perfect, it'd be like a fairy tale and let's face it, fairy tales are not real. This love, the kind of love that is described in the song, while sad, is very much real.

I don't think I've ever been this touched by song. Every thing is perfect. The Lyrics are beautiful. They're words that every one can relate to, I mean, I know I can. I have felt this EXACT way when I broke up with my first love. And they're so poetic. I love the lines like "But once you knew a girl and you named her lover", it's just so beautiful. The melody goes perfect with his voice. And no, his voice isn't the most beautiful but only to society's standards. And Connor far exceeds society's standards. His voice is filled with emotion with the perfect emotion for this song. He whispers at exactly the right part, and yells at exactly the right part as well. This song is truly a masterpiece. At least, in my opinion.

Obviously it's about being heartbroken. Anyways, my interpretation! :)
The beginning is him asking for something to help get over his sadness/broken heart. Something that will help him move on and forget everything. But he realizes it's not like that, the best he can ask for is a couple distractions here and there. He wishes he could explain exactly how he's feeling and turn it into the perfect sonnet, but words can't express the way he felt for her or feels now.

He says that she's gone, and that's all she's going to get. In the sense, that she left him, she can't expect for him to move on quickly or anything of that sort, he took what she gave, now she has to take what he can give. Get it? And then the "thrown into the ocean" part is saying, that that's the way it should have been. They are supposed to work out their problems, but obviously she didn't want to.

The part about the final chapter, he's saying that he's thought about it all. And has thought about to fix their relationship and wants her back, but has given up. He's realized that no matter what he does, it's still over because that's what's meant to be.

"So I stand in the sun and I breathe with my lungs
Trying to spare myself the weight of the truth" means that he's going to keep going, try and move on and try and stop thinking about the truth, that she was becoming unhappy (said in the next verse) and that this is the right thing for her to do. Because all he can remember is the last summer, or the good memories, all he can remember is the time when they used to be in love.

"But you know that she's gone because she left you a song
That you don't want to sing" Is two part. First, she left him with memories he hoped wouldn't dwell on, as well as the truth. That it's over. The next part, is what she's saying, it even says "saying" referring to the song. She's saying she doesn't believe in love anymore, or at least not theirs. And that it's over.

"But as for me I'm coming to my final failure
I've killed myself with changes trying to make it better
But I still ended up becoming something other
Than what I had planned to be"
Once again he says that he's given up. Not only going after her, but trying to keep himself distracted, trying to make himself happy. Because the things he's been doing or the people he's been spending his time with has turned him into someone else, someone he never wanted to be.

The final verse is beautiful. And basically he's saying that, that's the way it should be. Maybe one day he'll finally get that. After he truly moves on the right way, only with time.

I can totally relate. :)

Conner Oberst | Reviewer: Grenade | 9/23/10

Conner Oberst is a great man. I met him backstage once, and after barely escaping his aggressive attempt to butt rape me, he got my unlisted number from one of his private investigators and called to tell me how strongly he feels about his music and how passionate he feels when he plays it.

He then asked me to pee into the speaker phone while he poured warm water over his face on the other end.

I like listening to his music when making sweet love to my girlfriend. Or use it as getaway music when running from the media, moralists, or the police.

Love is a hideous thing... | Reviewer: Ash | 4/4/10

In my opinion, this is just another song about a devastated lover, though its more beautifully written. I think trying to find some deeper meaning to this is overthinking the simplicity of it. You can hear the passion in his voice when he sings it. The way his voice cracks, it's beautiful and full of emotion. I am myself and writer and find that when I write about past lovers or anything when I am feeling super emotional it comes out like this.
When he says "but I believe that lovers should be tied together..." and "but I believe that lover should be chained together..." he is envying them because he just lost his love. Something a lot of people feel when they lose their lover. It's as though these cute happy couples are rubbing their happiness in his face. And when he speaks of them dying together he's trying to save them the heartache but preventing them from falling out of love with one another. He's trying to save them the heartache.

this song.. | Reviewer: Jeremiah | 1/7/10

Conor Oberst I feel is such a deep and inspirational person. His lyrics always seem to have hidden messages. But this song is defiantly clear in its meaning. It is about someone feeling lost and wants to find someone who will go through every part of life together with him. Good, Bad, whatever. Lovers should stick together with everything. When he says;

"but i believe that lovers should be tied together,thrown into the ocean in the worst of weather, left there to drown, left there to drown, in their innocence"

lovers should go through the worst of situations together, it only makes love stronger. And the innocence part, i think it means when bad things occur unexpectedly

The part in the song that goes;

"singing I believe that lovers should be chained together,
thrown into a fire with their songs and letters, left there to burn, left there to burn in their arrogance"

I think this means that when a relationship gets hard and mistakes occur, just to remember the magical moments you shared like listening to your song or even simple love letters you wrote. and the arrogance i think means, when someone in the relationship feels to them self or acts selfish, these simple things will get you through the worst of the worst

The lyrics that go;

"now i believe that lovers should be draped in flowers, and layed entwined together on a bed of clover, left there to sleep, left there to dream of their happiness"

I think these lyrics are saying; No matter what happens or what you two will go through together, time will show that you are meant to be, as you show your greatest amount of affection and love to one another in such peaceful times where nothing can go wrong. Its true love.

love is such a powerful thing.. I want to find this kind of love.

gdhe | Reviewer: cory | 5/24/09

first of all a perfect sonnet and one foolish line. he's not refering to the song it's self. he's talking about life and love in general and how it's so brief.

also this song has dual meaning. it seems to be about religion just as much as it love. he writes songs about his struggle with faith aswell.

amasing | Reviewer: Molly | 3/25/09

this is amasing i love the song it changed my way on looking at love. i was so close to just giving up on the one i love and i listened to this, it savec my life. were still not together but i wont give up hes perfect and this song showed me it

a perfect song for the broken hearts to mend | Reviewer: Kobi | 12/24/08

yes its not a sonnet and he probaly didnt intend it for being a sonnet. but if it was or not isnt the point its how true his song is, how true he is, his feelings twards love, and how you grasp the true meaning behind the song. its a beautiful song. my ex-girlfriend likes this song so i decided i would listen to it so i did. first on itunes. he sounded like a tone def frog but when i got the song i listened to it over and over and i got the meaning of it and over that peirod of time i got to like it. ( ;

LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/18/08

It's not supossed to be perfect! It's not supossed to be a sonnet!
It's a contradiction and that's why it's beautiful. Okay if you didn't know that you should really start to question why you even like this song because you'd be missing the entire meaning and depth.

Conor is brilliant, eberything fits so perfectly it's unreal. Only he can make you feel a thousand emotions with his music. I simply am glad I have found his music, I am honored..and thankful. His music and lyrics express parts in all of us, sad, ironic, disturbed, nostalgic..everything, just lovely.

Brilliant | Reviewer: julia | 11/19/08

This song is so touching and means so much. Feelings that I could not put into words, Connor Oberst can. He is truly amazing. He really has a fascinating way of thinking.
Great song. So are all the others. :)

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