Method Acting Lyrics - Bright Eyes
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There is no beginning to the story.
A bookshelf sinks into the sand
and a language learned and forgot, in turn,
is studied once again.
It's a shocking bit of footage
viewed from a shitty TV screen.
You can squint at it through snowy static
to make out the meaning.
Just keep on stretching the antenna,
hoping that it will come clear.
We need some reception, a higher message,
just tell us what to fear.
'Cause I don't know what tomorrow brings.
It is alive with such possibilities.
All I know is I feel better when I sing.
Burdens are lifted from me, that's my voice rising!
So Michael, please keep the tape rolling.
Boys keep strumming those guitars.
We need a record of our failures.
Yes, we must document our love.
I have sat too long in my silence.
I have grown too old in my pain.
To shed this skin, be born again,
it starts with an ending.
So thank you friends for the time we shared.
My love stays with you like sunlight and air.
Oh how I truly wish I could keep hanging around here
but my joy is covering me. Soon, I will disappear.
It's not a movie, no private screening.
This method acting, well, I call that living.
It's like a fountain, a door has been opened.
We have a problem with no solution but to love and to be loved.
So, I've made peace with the falling leaves.
I see their same fate in my own body.
But I won't be frightened when I am awoken from this dream
and returned to that which gave birth to me.
And the story goes on and on and on and on...
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Philosophy | Reviewer: Jared | 2/12/11
I think you guys are missing the point here, this song has a lot to do with reincarnation "To shed this skin, be born again" That one speaks for itself. "It starts with an ending" His new life will start after this one. "But i've made peace with the falling leaves, i see their same fate in my own body" He has accepted that he will die and go back to the earth. The rest can really explain itself.
suicide. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/16/10
i think it is about suicide. it ties into the last song where he crashes drunk. Chronologically this song should be before that one. The lyrics soon i will disappear, and it starts with an ending, as in the ending of the album and his life.
Life | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/15/10
Nah, man, it's not quite about suicide; it's about realizing how short life is and that death is sooner than we'd expect, so Conor's basically saying, "Let's do as much as we can before then," with lyrics such as, "So Michael, please keep the tape rolling, boys keep strumming those guitars." The first paragraph is the early wanderings of the mind that figure out the situation of life and death, and the second paragraph is where he is telling them to live it up before dying, while the third paragraph is when he is ready to die and meet his Creator.
re | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/20/09
I don't think it's so much about the media as it is about him commiting suicide ("thankyou friends for the time we've shared...", "I've made peace with the falling leaves, I see their same faith in my own body...and return to that which gave birth to me".
But it is an awesome song and Conor is a great lyricist.
i love this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/19/08
this is such a great song and i think really shows off conor's abilities as a lyricist (as usual) plus i think the motion sickness version of it really showsoff the talents of the band
generally i just think this is a fantasic representation of one person's view of the media
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