From A Balance Beam Lyrics - Bright Eyes
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There is a man holding a megaphone, so he must have been the voice of God.
The bystanders claimed they saw angels flying up and down the block.
Well, they must have been attached to wires. I saw one laying in the lawn with a broken arm,
so I called 911. So that is one less founded opinion. One more cause for a dispute.
So the street filled, like a basin, up with cameras and their crews
and they washed away the rumors leaving just the concrete truth. It was a spectacle.
No, I mean a miracle. So then I fell like that girl from a balance beam.
A gymnasium of eyes were all holding on to me. I lifted one foot to cross the other
and I felt myself slipping. It was a small mistake. Sometimes that is all it takes.
Now I'm staring at my wrist, hoping that the timing is right. When the planets will align.
There will be no planets to align. Just the carcass of the sun
and those little painted marbles spinning senseless through an endless black sky.
(and so it never started and it will never stop just like I am and you are)
It was in a foreign hotel's bathtub I baptized myself in change.
And one by one I drowned all of the people I had been.
I emerged to find the parallels were fewer. I was cleansed. I looked in the mirror
and someone new was there. Still, I was as helpless as a chess piece
when I was lifted up by someone's hand and delivered from the corner my enemies had got me in.
But in all of my salvation I still felt imprisoned inside that holding cell that is myself.
So I wait for the day when I'll hear the key as it turns in the lock
and the guard will say to me, "Oh my patient prisoner you have waited for this day
and finally you are free! You are free! You are freezing."
Now I'm staring at the sun, waiting for it to explode. Because a day is gonna come,
don't know when but it will come and then we will finally know the way out of here.
And I will throw away this wrinkled map and my chart of stars and compass, cracked.
And I'll climb out that tree all wet with sap to avoid the hungry beasts below.
I'll cut out my lover's tongue and sing of a graveyard gray and a garden green
and we won't have to worry no more. No we won't have to wonder again about
how this song or story ends about how this song and story will end.
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how i feel about the song | Reviewer: Brandon | 2/8/11
i feel the song is conor expressing how he feels that others try to look at the world through too much optimism which makes him feel alienated in his own depression. the begining of the song makes me think of a police officer trying to talk a man off of the roof of a building with a mega phone (voice of god) and the man or maybe men jump off the roof (angels), the news crew shows up and show the reality of the horrible situation that brings a feeling of the absence of god (So the street filled like a basin Up with cameras and their crews And they washed away the rumors Leaving just the concrete truth) i think when he says how he fell from a balance beam and how it was a simple mistake i think hes saying how easy it is to slip up and stop caring all together and hes using the analogy of falling just like the guy in the begining. latter he expresses how hes changed and matured where others might feel theyve gotten salvation, but he still feels bound by himself even after hes relieved and reconizes most of his baggage. i could keep going and explain my whole interprataition of the song but it would take a while lol
kev | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/27/11
to me the song is about wanting death and wanting an end. a final escape from the pain. "Oh my patient prisoner you have waited for this day
and finally you are free! You are free! You are freezing" freezing like a dead body perhaps. the cell representing life. or possibly an emotional issue that eventually he will get over by numbing himself to the pain.
"Now I'm staring at the sun, waiting for it to explode" hes waiting for a release from the pain. be it life or emotional. maybe the sun even represents happiness and warmth of a loved one. but he's waiting for it to explode and get back to normal.
its an amazing song and it can be taken many different ways. one of my favorites from Oberst a true poet and a very talented musician.
classifieng people as emo is still around? | Reviewer: kelly | 12/22/09
everyone who does that still should finally just stop and shut up, plus if you realized, date back to what emo really is, sunny day real estate, rites of spring, very early stuff that you would never classify as emo, it's been morphed into something completely different, like MCR or whatever. anyway, conor oberst is not emo... nor is any of his bands. Depressing music doesn't make a artist emo.
who cares | Reviewer: your mom | 9/16/09
i love all bright eyes' songs.. im not emo..or near emo.. not even like punk or anything.. my friends think im weird to like it tho. but whatever, i love the lyrics of all the songs.. i get depressed easily, and just listen to his songs. helps get me by. who cares what the classification is? i bet conor could care less..
Love this song | Reviewer: Merricat | 6/24/09
To me this song is about faith; the loss of it, the emotional cost of that loss, and its subsequent, if incomplete and tenuous, recovery. This is an issue that most, if not all, of us have dealt with at one time or another. The last verse is a beautiful portrait of existential joy- I can see the colors of the trees and paint in the details. Conor Oberst is not just a songwriter but a true poet.
Heh | Reviewer: opp | 5/27/09
Can everyone take a f'ing breath?
I really like bright eyes. But stop acting as if someone killed your children. As i understood it someone thought the song was kinda emo. Fair enough. Perhaps not emo as in emotional hardcore or whatever, but conor can be quite depressing, yea.
Can all conor loving fangirls just chill the fuck out? It's the internet, don't expect everyone to agree with you.
Just shut up. | Reviewer: Corinne | 5/25/09
I'm on this website to read and discuss the meaning of the song, not Conor's stereotype.
This song is bare and naked in all its glory sitting in front of us, but Conor is not. We are not to say whether he truly fits the stereotype of "emo" until you too, have seen and lived every second, every thought, in every pain, happiness and setting in which he himself has. You dont know him personally. He does. He can decide who and i guess, in this pathetic, shallow classification, what he is as well.
Furthermore, im damn sick of hearing about how bad it is to be "emo".
If it is who we are then thats it. The human mind is beautiful and so is every personality that it creates.
This song on the other hand, is open for interpretation. We have access to the words and music completely, so it is open for interpretation. Though it is true that we may never see it the way Conor does, the same is true for himself; We will never know who he is even if we had been there for every minute of his life. So just shut up.
hahaha | Reviewer: wow | 4/15/09
"emo" is not a goddamn lable you can put on people. nobody is "emo". before you even ever say the goddamn word look up what bands are truely emo... and what the genre really was. retards. most shit, today, no matter how whiny, or in your eyes "emo" they are, are just not emotive hardcore in any way. I don't understand how you can call yourself a fan of any type of music and not educate yourself about music.
some people suck at life. | Reviewer: marta | 2/9/09
STOP TALKING ABOUT WHETHER THIS SONG IS EMO AND ACTUALLY DISCUSS IT. here i am, trying to read about what others think about what it means, and all i see is "it's emo" "it's not emo."
SO ANYWAYS... i'm thinking this song is about breaking all of the cliches society has built (the media telling the truth, there being no planets to align, the guard really telling him that he is "freezing," not free). anyone else have thoughts on this?
personally, i believe that conor oberst and bright eyes aren't emo. but whatever. argue away and waste your time.
Hmm | Reviewer: Conor | 1/26/09
Why does it matter if someone calls Conor Oberst emo? If this is emo, then so be it; I like it and I think that's all that really matters. I could care less whether or not other people enjoy or even respect his music. Its speaks to me, and makes me think about things. This is how I would define good music.
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