At The Bottom Of Everything Lyrics - Bright Eyes

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So there was this woman and she was on an airplane,
and she was flying to meet her fiance seaming high above the largest ocean on planet earth.
She was seated next to this man she had tried to start conversations,
but the only thing she had really heard him say was to order his Bloody Mary.
She was sitting there and she was reading this really arduous magazine article about a third world country
that she couldn't even pronounce the name of.
And she was feeling very bored and despondent.
And then suddenly there was this huge mechanical failure and one of the engines gave out,
and they started just falling thirty-thousand feet,
and the pilots on the microphone and he's saying "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, oh my god... I'm sorry" and apologizing.
And she looks at the man and says "Where are we going?" and he looks at her and he says "We're going to a party.
It's a birthday party. It's your birthday party.
Happy birthday darling. We love you very, very, very, very, very, very, very much."
And then he starts humming this little tune, it kind of goes like this: 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4

We must talk in every telephone
Get eaten off the web
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We must rip out all the epilogues in the books that we have read
And in the face of every criminal
Strapped firmly to a chair
We must stare, we must stare, we must stare

We must take all of the medicines too expensive now to sell
Set fire to the preacher who is promising us hell
And in the ear of every anarchist that sleeps but doesn't dream
We must sing, we must sing, we must sing

It'll go like this:

While my mother waters plants
My father loads his guns
He says death will give us back to God
Just like this setting sun is returned to this lonesome ocean

And then they splashed into the deep blue sea
It was a wonderful splash

We must blend into the choir
Sing ecstatic with the whole
We must memorize nine numbers and deny we have a soul
And in this endless race for property and privilege to be won
We must run, we must run, we must run

We must hang up in the belfry
Where the bats and moonlight laugh
We must stare into a crystal ball and only see the past
And in the caverns of tomorrow
With just our flashlights and our love
We must plunge, we must plunge, we must plunge

And then we'll get down there, way down to the very bottom of everything
And then we'll see it, oh we'll see it, we'll see it, we'll see it

Oh my morning's coming back
The whole world's waking up
All the city buses swimming past
I'm happy just because
I found out I am really no one






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Meaning | Reviewer: yannick | 8/5/12

It can be summed in up one sentence, but shouldn't be - 'People don't understand how easy it is to enjoy almost everything when you aren't promised anything.' You make the most out of your time when you aren't assured much more. Time is of the essence when its limited. Remembering that really helps you prevent taking time for granted and being bored.

Frame explanation | Reviewer: Daniel | 8/13/11

This man, that the woman talks to, appears to be confident as to what will happen after one dies. The man may be a symbol for god because he knows what will happen in death. The woman tried to talk to god, but never really heard him, until now. When the woman asks him where they are going, she is asking about what will happen to them when they die. The man (god) replies "we're going to a party," meaning that death is something to be celebrated. The "birthday" mentioned by the man is that of the woman, who is being born into death. He says "we love you very x 7 much." The seven "very"s represent completion of life such as in the bible when the Earth was completed in 7 days. God is saying that it is time for her to die.

Awakening | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/22/11

According to Eckhart Tolle, the last chance for awakening is just before death. When you face death, all illusions dissolve. You no longer say that you must do something, you realize that there is only now.

So it is her birthday - she wasn't alive before, waiting for happiness (fiance, weekend, some event).
The atoms she was using will return to nature (it's true for everyone), but it doesn't matter because she must nothing now, she is free.

HelloKitty | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/16/10

I agree with the person below me, i think this song means whatever you would like it to mean, it could be about god and creation, human nature or even just about death and living life.

whatever it is about its still a powerful song, that i love.

Multiple Meanings | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/16/10

I think you can interpret these lyrics in a variety of ways. Sure, they might have a specific meaning to Oberst, but that doesn't mean you have to look at them that way. That's the beauty of poetry-- you can look at it a thousand ways. Basically what I'm saying is, there is no wrong way to interpret these lyrics. =D

Lauren | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/28/09

The song is about existentialism. It is about the search for meaning in life, and relinquishing all the things that hold you back, because if you do, you will find happiness in realizing you are insignificant. Most people fear death, which is illustrated in the song, but we do not have to think about the inevitable end. We can just live our lives and be happy realizing we are "no one"

identity. | Reviewer: lalablacksheep | 7/17/09

what yams said makes sense. but while i was mowing the lawn and listening to this song, i thought that maybe it was also about identity, as well. we go around and "memorize 9 numbers" (our ssn) which makes us exist on paper, but we "deny we have a soul", because legally existing and being alive are two different things. and in the end, when all else is finished, you realize that you really aren't anyone, because you run "to this endless race for property and privilege" and you "blend in with the choir"

It's called SARCASM | Reviewer: Yams | 7/7/09

The song is comparing the two major theories of creation... Evolution (while my mother - meaning Mother Earth - waters plants - gives life to earth - My Father, meaning God, loads his gun, decides when it's time for us to die.) The return to the lonesome ocean refers to the idea that all life began and evolved from the sea. The whole concept of being happy because you are about to die, and it will be your birthday, etc. refers to religion's mentality that death is a joyous moment when we get to reunite with our Father. It's just disturbing in the lyrics, because the whole idea of being happy about dying goes against our nature. No one rejoices when a major accident takes the life of so many people. But that's Conor Oberst being himself. That's how he presents the reality so that the listener starts questioning their own beliefs.

Kait | Reviewer: Kait | 6/19/09

I see that someone above is wondering why someone would be happy if they weren't really anyone. I just think he says that b/c it's not important if you are someone in this world(or something important for that matter.) Like, you don't have to become 'someone' to be something in this world. You just have to be you, and live life the way it is handed to you. Just have fun, and be happy =]

yeah | Reviewer: camila | 6/10/09

nah i think this song is talking about all the things we do now a days like memorizing nine numbers(ur pin number or sumtin)and sell medicine that dosen't even work then there's the hypocracy of church stated here and there and then all you have to do is pay enough attention to every line to know he isn't talking about a birthday party or any of the sort but rather life as we know it here in america.and then when he says i found out i am really noone it's because he's noone in this world hget what i'm sayin??

yeah | Reviewer: camila | 6/10/09

nah i think this song is talking about all the things we do now a days like memorizing nine numbers(ur pin number or sumtin)and sell medicine that dosen't even work then there's the hypocracy of church stated here and there and then all you have to do is pay enough attention to every line to know he isn't talking about a birthday party or any of the sort but rather life as we know it here in america.

Reply to other comment. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/1/09

It's not her birthday lol.

The song highlights the disimportance of living life to expectations.

"I'm happy just because
I found out I am really no one."

is actually one of my favourite ever lyrics lol. To me, its saying 'you know what, living life like we should ISN'T the most important thing in the world. The world is NOT revolving around me, and what i do, in the long shot, doesn't really matter. So i can just live life how i want it and see what happens'

that's what it means to me. I love this song. I can't put the concepts into words though.

:S | Reviewer: amazing | 4/8/09

amazing lyrics. amazing song.
it's not actually her birthday. the man is protecting her by, instead of instilling inevitable fear that death is nearby, he wants her to feel happy and, for most people, their birthday is a very happy time. i really quite enjoy "oh, my morning's coming back; the whole world's waking up. oh, the city bus is swimming past. i'm happy just because i found out i am really no one."

RE: I am confused | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/22/09

I think that the lyrics, at least those last lines, are trying to portray the expansiveness of the world. "Oh my morning's coming back, the whole world's waking up. The city buses swimming past, I'm happy just because I've found out I am really no one." When you think of the scale of the entire world, you can step back and realize how small you are in comparison. And when you find that smallness you discover you don't have to stress out about the little things or labor over your own life. You can become part of a whole.

Ideas | Reviewer: Arlin | 3/22/09

I don't think it's actually is her birthday. He is saying you are happy on a birthday, so let that same feeling of happiness take over. Also, the "I've found out I am really noone" part, has to do with how- throughout the song- he mentions what we 'must' do to be human ("memorise nine numbers" etc) and in not falling for these he is "noone" in everybody's eyes, but is much freer than them. Thus he is accepting of dying because he is happy and has nothing tying him down.
Just my thoughts.


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