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Bright Eyes Four Winds Lyrics

Last updated: 05/16/2012 11:00:00 AM

Your class, your caste, your country, sect, your name or your tribe
There's people always dying trying to keep them alive
There's bodies decomposing in containers tonight
In an abandoned building where
Squatters made a mural of a Mexican girl
With fifteen cans of spray paint and a chemical swirl
She's standing in the ashes at the end of the world
Four winds blowing through her hair

But when great Satan's gone... the Whore of Babylon...
She just can't sustain the pressure where it's placed
She caves

The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qur'an's mute
If you burned them all together you'd get close to the truth still
They're pouring over Sanskrit on the Ivy League moons
While shadows lengthen in the sun
Cast all the school and meditation built to soften the times
And hold us at the center while the spiral unwinds
It's knocking over fences crossing property lines
Four Winds, cry until it comes

And it's the Sum of Man slouching towards Bethlehem
A heart just can't contain all of that empty space
It breaks. It breaks. It breaks.

Well I went back by rented Cadillac and company jet
Like a newly orphaned refugee retracing my steps
All the way to Cassadaga to commune with the dead
They said, "You'd better look alive"
And I was off to old Dakota where a genocide sleeps
In the Black Hills, the Badlands, the calloused East
I buried my ballast. I made my peace.

Heard Four Winds, leveling the pines

But when great Satan's gone... the Whore of Babylon...
She just can't remain with all that outer space
She breaks. She breaks. She caves. She caves.

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My two-cents... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/16/12

At the end of the day, what matters is individual interpretation however, I would like to share my thoughts on this poetic and philosophical masterpiece. I do agree that there is a positive call to rethink and question organized institutions including religious, academic,and economical/political in a tasteful, non-didcatic way. Brilliant.

hmm is a twat | Reviewer: Ben | 11/11/11

This song appears to be quite anti structured religion. however satanic is an incredible stretch. if a song that you have obviously no real understanding of has you worshipping satan, it's probably more a reflection on your intelligence than on the song. I believe that I have some understanding of what the song is truely about, but short of him actually telling the world what its about no-one can really make any judgements that are set in stone. The fact of the matter is, it's a fantastic song. Leave it at that.

Brilliance | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/7/10

As always, a brilliant song by Bright Eyes. I don't believe that he is saying either way if there is a God or not. Does any of that really matter? What matters is that this song is absolutely incredible.

And to "Hmm" if you were worshipping satan and "didn't realize it" that's your own damn fault. Don't blame music for you actions.

Uhh | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/12/10

this is actually about an insane asylum. Literally fell in love with this song when I first heard it. &really, you're christian? well, if you don't like it, stop bitching and don't listen to it. Move on to Barlow Girl or something.

your class your caste your country sect the name of your tribe | Reviewer: mhm | 1/8/09

"hey i'm christian and this isn't satanic" who cares... you know it probably is... cuz when its all said and done deep down we know relgion makes no sense and maybe thats wat oberst is saying and maybe not... regardless this song is meaningful and deep and it basically explains what a teenager goes through believe it or not

GREAT | Reviewer: Chris | 4/22/08

This song is not satanic. This song just reflects Conor Oberst's dislike of organized religion and that doesn't mean there is no god, but maybe powerful organizations shouldn't have the authority to rule over a belief. Besides, its a great fucking song.

great song | Reviewer: ryan | 4/8/08

I didnt like Bright Eyes when I first heard them...I had an ex a few yrs.ago who used to make me listen to them,now 2 years later im really starting to like them,and this song....amazing genious songwriting,I cant listen to anything else since I discovered it last im not a die hard fan but this song is crazy

>.< Conor Oberst!!! | Reviewer: Hannah | 2/24/08

Dear god, I love you Conor Oberst!!!!! This was my first Bright Eyes song, and it's what got me hooked on the amazingness that is Conor. Listen to "The Calendar Hung Itself" another great song. Oh yeah and "hmm | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/12/2007" needs to die. >:(

Awesome | Reviewer: High Fidelity | 12/11/07

This was the song that got me into Bright Eyes music. Given that it is a little more country than i'd like, i still think it's amazing. There are so many historical and biblical refences in this song if you dig deep. Like most Bright Eyes fans i believe Conor is amazing and i just hope that he doesn't decide to give up any time soon.

Yeats | Reviewer: Emily | 12/9/07

No, this is not Satanic in the slightest. Is anyone familiar with Yeat's poem, "The Second Comming"? this is just Oberst's take on it. Anyone who reads this should also read that poem.

Four Winds | Reviewer: Tom | 10/23/07

Yeah, I'm a christian and I deffinitely don't think its satanic. I don't agree with everything he's saying in the song but, its so well said that it has to be one of the best written songs ever. of course most bright eyes songs are amazing.

Stop preaching and enjoy | Reviewer: dirk | 10/23/07

a lot of people seem to think that they have song lyrics pinned for exactly what they mean. All the big words and articulate explanations don't mean shit, you don't know exactly what he or she is trying to say and you shouldn't speak for the artist. Just find your own meaning in a song and enjoy that, you don't have to preach about what the song "really means".

Four winds | Reviewer: Tom | 10/23/07

Yeah, its deffinitely not Satanic. I'm a christian and I would have to say I don't beleive in what he's saying in this song but its so well said that I can't help listening to it at least 3 times a day, haha.

amazing | Reviewer: Danielle | 10/2/07

i love this song. it is not satanic by any means. it speaks about the four winds of the world in correlation with religion and how everyone is trying ot decode the true meaning of "god". "if you burn them all together you get close to the truth" means in simple terms, that if you take everything man has created for religion and translate for themselves you might get a fraction of what it really means. it also discusses the end of the world and mankind how everything will be related with nature... casa dega is mentioned in one of the last lines and this is in fact a spiritual camp located in florida where they do not study structure religion, but a looser version so you can have your own opinions and ideals. this song is in no way satanic. and for those who believe that because they are ignorant should not be listening to it anyways.

hmm | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/12/07

this song is satanic.
they had me worshipping satan and i didnt even realize it :/
so i deleted it.
to never listen to it again...