The Calendar Hung Itself Lyrics - Bright Eyes
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Does he kiss your eyelids in the morning when you start to raise your head?
And does he sing to you incessantly from the space between your bed and wall?
Does he walk around all day at school with his feet inside your shoes,
Looking down every few steps to pretend he walks with you?
Oh, does he know that place below your neck that is your favorite to be touched,
and does he cry through broken sentences that I love you far too much?
Does he lay awake listening to your breath,
Worried you smoke too many cigarettes?
Is he coughing now, on a bathroom floor?
For every speck of tile there's a thousand more you won’t ever see
But you must hold inside yourself eternally.
Well I drug your ghost across the country and we plotted out my death
In every city, memories would whisper, Here is where you rest
I was determined in Chicago but I dug my teeth into my knees,
and I settled for a telephone and sang into your machine:
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
And I kissed a girl with a broken jaw that her father gave to her
She had eyes bright enough to burn me. They reminded me of yours
And In a story told she was a little girl in a red-rouge, sun-bruised field
and there were rows of ripe tomatoes where a secret was concealed
And it rose like thunder, clapped under our hands
And it stretched for centuries to a diary entry’s end
where I wrote,
You make me happy oh, when skies are gray
You make me happy oh, when skies are gray and gray and gray
Well, the clock’s heart it hangs inside its open chest
With hands stretched towards the calendar hanging itself
But I will not weep for those dying days
For all the ones who've left there's a few that stayed
And they found me here and pulled me from the grass where I was laid
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beautiful | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/11
before this song at the 2 bright eyes concerts i've been to he says 'this is a song about when you thought you were in love in high school and then you realized that love doesn't exist' or something similar..
first part: break-up, singing to the girl, asking if the guy she's with now is as in love with her as the speaker is.
middle: i see this as the speaker taking a long road trip to clear his mind, but the memory, or ghost of her, was still with him. in chicago he almost killed himself (remember in 'lets not shit ourselves?') but survived. he called her, sang to her (i love his version, by the way)
kissing a girl with a broken jaw, i'm not sure what this part means at all, maybe a random hookup or something.
i feel like all of the above may be a suicide note, except for the end: fevers and mirrors has the extensive symbolism. clocks, calendars... the clock's heart is the pendulum, the calendar and clock represent time, time didn't heal the wounds
he was found in the grass, maybe after another suicide attempt?
either way, this song is beautiful.
intensity of emotion | Reviewer: Evan | 12/23/09
At the beginging of the song he's madly in love with a girl:completely obsessed and unable to help himself. IS he with her exclusively? Is she with someone else and unaware he's alive? This is for the listener to interject themselves.
For whatever reason she doesnt love him...once again: unaware he exists? did the girl love him once but has stopped in favor of a new girl?
the singer feels terrible about this. his world is ending and its like theres a crack in the earth that can never be filled with enough tears, but it doesnt matter because he feels so wretched that he's past the crying point. he quits caring about himself and either through slow means (drinking heavily, getting into fights...) or quick (OD, cutting, noose...) he tries to reduce his existence to nothingness...nothing is better than pain
but then he meets another girl. maybe the broken jaw is real. shocking traumatic events can bring someone back from the brink, like a slap in the face to someone with an anxiety attack. he sees that and appreciates what he has...the girl likes him too and he begins to love her....with a new intensity. its like hes a new person. time stops. he becomes a new person. its a BC/AD type of event in his life and the clocks and the calendars bear the brunt of him paradigm shift, his old life is over....and thus the clocks and calendars of days past.
He has a new life now. The old calendars and clocks have no further function for him. he's bought new ones, to keep the time and mark the days of his new life. the sun has risen on this man's life....he made it through the dark and his new existence is his reward.
sometimes unrequited love and rejection lead to a better existence...like a tatoo on your soul the trauma is painful and permanent. But it will make you who you are, it will make you better, and it will allow you to fully appreciate your new love.
Cigarette Worrywart Killer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/23/09
i love all bright eyes, but this is a lot different than most of his songs, and i really hope to find more like this that are fast pace and intense. recommendations??? (btw dont recommend the more mainstream ones, as ive probably already heard them) :) thanks!
okay | Reviewer: katelyn | 8/28/09
i really hope no one ever understands this song. it's full of metaphors that aren't meant to be literal, and when you start analyzing it too much, you read something into it that's not there. it's about finding beauty in a corrupt woman who doesn't love him back, and feeling the wrath. that's it.
possible meaning | Reviewer: dah person | 1/5/09
I think the meaning of this song:
his lover died, and he tries to find someone to help him forget,
and when he can't he plans his death, as the song says.
he attempts suicide, and the ones who knew him find him.
Either way the song is incredible
time | Reviewer: mirnduh jane | 12/18/08
he was betrayed the woman of his dreams, he sings to her and worships her, yet he still gets the voice mail, hes so depressed he leaves planning a retreat,to find someone else to replace her to forget her,but he still wants her, to hear her voice, when he cant he determines his fate without tears and takes his own life, trying to forget their life together
meaning... | Reviewer: Cory | 12/4/08
i think the song is about how this girl hurt him so deeply that he went out and got with as many girls as he could. Then at the end he says "but I will not weep for those dying days.
For all the ones who've left there's a few that stayed" because nothing can change the past, he just wants to forget it all
Awesome | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/3/07
I'm not a huge Bright Eyes fan, but this is an amazing song; far and away the best thing Conor has written that I have heard. There is so much emotion in this song, both lyrically and musically, and he's able to get it out without being overly ridiculous (If Winter Ends, I'm looking in your direction...). One of the best songs of the past decade.
11/15/07 | Reviewer: mark | 11/15/07
i love the song but im haveing a hard time geting the meaning of this part ?
"she was a little girl in a red-rouge, sun-bruised field
and there were rows of ripe tomatoes where a secret was concealed"
if anyone has any ideas can you enter a comment???? pleace
meaning? | Reviewer: shell vass | 10/16/07
I think there is a deeper meaning to this song,
to me it sounds almost like someone being obsessive, ie passionate, over someone who is with someone else, only to eventually kill this lover he couldnt have, or using that metaphorically to examine this as a metaphor through the essence of not death in its trueness but a death from something or feeling, the secret which we can only assume to be what was between him and his feelings for this lover that are being concealed only resurface these points.
You are my sunshine | Reviewer: Sof. | 10/11/07
I love this song.
But yeh, I think it is the "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine" from the childrens song as later on it says "You make my happy, oh when skies are grey." Which is also from the song.
Nnyeh, great song though.
.0.; | Reviewer: Sophi [Le]Belle | 6/1/07
The song is spectacular, definately one of thier best. It's intricately written and laced with emotion. Wonderful.
Though I would like to note,
"You are my sunshine" is not an intended children's song.
It was a verse from a very depressing blues song.
Either way, it doesn't compromise the `oomf` that it gives this song.
simply amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/23/07
words can not express the meaning of all the life or love holds but the words are about as closer then any i've heard so far.
I wounder if we all spoke such lovely words
just what would are world hold. . .
The Calendar Hung Itself | Reviewer: [sweet]Monica[talker] | 4/16/06
Well personally Bright Eyes are amazingly talented; so try your best to compare them to another.
'The Calendar Hung Itself' Is probably one of the best songs Conor has written. The lyrics may be about another exceptional romance with a few exclusive others, but it is beautifuly written. The words are sincerley in depth and the music is of course indescribable. While using lines from 'Sunshine', the childhood song; it makes perfect sense and makes your 'heart' melt, and your knees grow weak.
Imagine dancing with someone to that song.
Bright Eyes is waytofuckingstunning.
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