I Must Belong Somewhere Lyrics - Bright Eyes

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Leave the bright blue door on the whitewashed wall
Leave the death ledger under city hall
Leave the joyful air in that rubber ball today

Just leave the lilac print on the linen sheet
Leave the birds you killed at your father's feet
Let the sideways rain in the crooked street remain

Leave the whimpering dog in his cold kennel
Leave the dead starlet on her pedestal
Leave the acid kids in their green fishbowls today

Leave the sad guitar in its hardshell case
Leave the worried look on your lover's face
Let the orange embers in the fireplace remain

'Cause everything it must belong somewhere
A train off in the distance, bicycle chained to the stairs
Everything it must belong somewhere
I know that now, that's why I'm staying here

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Leave the ocean's roar in the turquoise shell
Leave the widower in his private hell
Leave the liberty in that broken bell today

Just leave the epic poem on its yellowed page
Leave the gray macaw in his covered cage
Let the traveling band on the interstate remain

'Cause everything it must belong somewhere
Sound stage in California, televisions in Times Square
Yeah, everything it must belong somewhere
I know that now, that's why I'm staying here
Well I know that now, that's why I'm staying here

Leave the secret talks on the trundle bed
Leave the garden tools in that rusted shed
Leave those bad ideas in your troubled head today

Just leave the restless ghost in his old hotel
Leave the homeless man in that cardboard cell
Let the painted horse on the carousel remain

'Cause everything it must belong somewhere
Just like the gold around her finger or the silver in his hair
Yeah, everything it must belong somewhere
I know that now, that's why I'm staying here
Oh I know that now, that's why I'm staying here

In truth the forest hears each sound
Each blade of grass as it lies down
The world requires no audience
No witnesses, no witnesses

Leave the old town drunk on his wooden stool
Leave the autumn leaves in their swimming pool
Leave the poor black child in his crumbling school today

Leave the novelist in his daydream tune
Leave the scientist in her Rubik's cube
Let the true genius in the padded room remain

Leave the horse's hair on the slanted bow
Leave the slot machines on the riverboat
Leave the cauliflower in the casserole today

Just leave the hot bright trash in the shopping malls
Leave the hawks of war in their capitols
Let the organ's moan in the cathedral remain

'Cause everything it must belong somewhere
They locked the Devil in the basement, threw God up into the air
Yeah, everything it must belong somewhere
You know it's true, I wish you'd leave me here
Now you know it's true, why don't you leave me here?




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Stuck | Reviewer: Josette | 4/22/13

I imagine the speaker to be in a loveless lifeless point in life, using fate to justify why his life is in a rut. He feels much better about his situation by saying that's where he ultimately belongs. He uses some examples that help his point that an external locus of control is a good thing. However, some fallacies in his logic slip in. He ignores those though. Some things need to be moved or move on, but it's easier to say they belong there instead of making an effort to create change.

Christian | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/16/10

A lot of people are claiming that this song is about the writer wanting to make a change but I disagree. I think he isn't mentioning making a change at all. I think he wants people to understand the workings of the world, just as we should, and realize that we all have a purpose. He only wants to tell us that we all have a place and that we should figure out what that place is and keep it for ourselves. In the lines, "In truth, the forest hears each sound, each blade of grass as it lies down. The world requires no audience, no witnesses, no witnesses," is saying that even without humans in the world things will have their place and that the world doesn't need people to inhabit it. We are the witnesses that see the world work and we are not a necessity. Things will always have a place, whether we are here or not.

Also, one thing that I am unsure of is the line "leave the restless ghost in the old hotel." I was wondering if that was a reference to "The Shining" When I first heard the song that line reminded me that movie.

... | Reviewer: kristin | 8/23/09

to me this song is saying two different things. one is that the writer is content where he is. he feels like its where he belongs and no matter what happens he has a place in the world which is an awesome feeling. but the second is apparent in the lines "leave the homeless man..." and "leave the poor black child..." this almost seems that he is saying everyone and everything has a place even if that place is unfair or terrible. i think this is a song of contentment which is good when being content with yourself and your place in life at any given time. but it is bad when being content with other people's misfortune and misery. there should never be contentment with that. there should be a constant feeling of uneasiness when it comes to other people's happiness. but overall this song is a good reminder of how the world is and what we can be doing to change things.

Heart Warming | Reviewer: Peaches | 2/1/09

I listened to this song in the car right before my husband told me that he was leaving me for another woman. This song has turned into a sort of comfort for me, in thinking that even if I get displaced temporarily, there is a place that I belong.

I think | Reviewer: Travis | 1/20/09

I think this song is making a point that there's so many things in this world that needs changing, he's just saying that he doesn't want it to change to use a different perspective on the song than everyone else that does a song about our world being full of man made faults.

It doesn't have to be that way... | Reviewer: Charily | 11/22/08

I would like to think that this song is about wanting to change things, but when he says "I know that now, that's why I'm staying here" I always go back to giving up...
This song is so beautiful, because I relate to things differntly than other people and most songs are universal...this song brings every person to a singular and similar conclusion, but different...unique...
For me this songs message is that it doesn't have to be that way...but thats just the way I feel.

erm | Reviewer: cal | 8/10/08

Is it just me or does this song hold a heavily post-modern perspective? I see it as a rejection of the ideals of constant change in the modern world ie that human reason is the best way to explain the world and as a result can be used to change the structure of society... maybe

My Interpretation | Reviewer: Rosa | 3/4/08

I'm thinking about Lucas' comments on how the metaphors of how nature belongs in man-made structures. Some of the lines refer to things that we think should belong together, to give you a feeling of complacency with the way the world is. Then he contrasts those harmless associations with cruel outcomes like the "dead starlet on her pedestal","widower in his private hell","Leave the homeless man in his cardboard cell", "poor black child in his crumbling school", "true genius in the padded room" are just a few examples. To make you feel like these people belong where they are, that nothing needs to be changed.

I think the 12th stanza, that differs so stylistically from the previous stanza patterns, is important.

I think his chorus represents his own recognition of the way the world is, and his own internal wish to accept his place. But something "why don't you leave me here?" is holding him back. "You" is holding him back from accepting things the way they are and perhaps, encouraging him to change things.

This is definitely one his more complex pieces.

Think | Reviewer: Lucas | 1/27/08

Personally i take this song as less of a statement of belonging and more of a statement that belonging is completely subjective to people's need for things to belong. It talks a lot about nature and how they have come to belong in man made places:
"Leave whimpering dog in his cold kennel.
Let the sideways rain in the crooked street remain.
Leave the grey macaw in his covered cage.
Leave the autumn leaves in the swimming pool. Etc."
You guess need to give Conor way more credit for the genius in a lot of his lyrics.

RE: Rhyming Cliches | Reviewer: Texaskid | 8/27/07

"the laundry list form can be quite beautiful, and many of these epithets are lovely, but the lack of judgement ( and dramatic underediting ) turns this litany into a depressing heavy-handed empty headed riff on "Turn Turn Turn"'

How can you say this is underedited; the whole point is to show people the world and that there is a place for everything and everyone in this world, that maybe nothing needs to be moved from its placed. I love this song because in reality, "The world requires no audience...." to go on, but, yet we are here....So maybe this is our place to be so leave it as is....

- | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/15/07

This song leaves me with a content resignation to the flaws of the world and it's beautiful for it.

rhyming cliches | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/12/07

the laundry list form can be quite beautiful, and many of these epithets are lovely, but the lack of judgement ( and dramatic underediting ) turns this litany into a depressing heavy-handed empty headed riff on "Turn Turn Turn"



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