Lua Lyrics - Bright Eyes

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I know that it is freezing but I think we have to walk
I keep waving at the taxis; they keep turning their lights off
But Julie knows a party at some actor's west side loft
Supplies are endless in the evening; by the morning they'll be gone.

When everything is lonely I can be my own best friend
I get a coffee and the paper; have my own conversations
With the sidewalk and the pigeons and my window reflection
The mask I polish in the evening, by the morning looks like shit.

And I know you have a heavy heart; I can feel it when we kiss
So many men stronger than me have thrown their backs out trying to lift it
But me I'm not a gamble you can count on me to split
The love I sell you in the evening, by the morning won't exist.

You're looking skinny like a model with your eyes all painted black
You just keep going to the bathroom always say you'll be right back
Well it takes one to know one, kid, I think you've got it bad
But what's so easy in the evening, by the morning is such a drag.

I've got a flask inside my pocket we can share it on the train
If you promise to stay conscious I will try and do the same
We might die from medication, but we sure killed all the pain
But what was normal in the evening, by the morning seems insane.

And I'm not sure what the trouble was that started all of this
The reasons all have run away but the feeling never did
It's not something I would recommend, but it is one way to live
Cause what is simple in the moonlight, by the morning never is
What's so simple in the moonlight, now is so complicated
What's so simple in the moonlight, so simple in the moonlight

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WTFE | Reviewer: David | 12/18/12

This song is about whatever you want it or need it to be about. Like all music it elicits an emotional response that is typically tied to a personal experience or just the simple ability to relate to the emotions of someone else.

Songs about | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/12

This song is about partying too hard and the consequences. The part about polishing is about getting ready then being hungover the next day over and over again throughout the song. Some drug abuse possibly cocane as people love to go to the restroom to go "hit the slops" yu know " go skiing". He talks about how easy everything is during the afternoon when it's all playin out but then dealing with the part that come after that as well like drug addiction, hangovers, and living a promiscuous life style.

It takes one to know one, kid. | Reviewer: Annonymous | 4/21/12

I can say with almost near certainty that this song is about drug-- most likely opiate, specifically--addiction.
As someone who struggles with this, when I heard this song playing in the background at a friend's house, I stopped dead in my tracks, paralyzed. It's eeriely accurate and the most spot-on song about addiction I have ever had.
I would garner that most everyone who thinks the song is about anything else, has never had a drug problem.
Like Conor sang, "It takes one to know one, kid."

Lua | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/12

Conor Oberst had an eating disorder. He wanted to be perfect and symmetrical. He ended up going to rehab for it. The girl in this song is his anorexia. It's not a real girl. "The mask I polish in the evening, by the morning looks like shit." is about how he can hide it at night, because he's been avoiding food all day, but by the morning the hunger pains are so bad that he can't hide the fact that he's not eating anymore. He is also talking about drug abuse but it's mainly to hide his anorexia and kill the hunger pains without actually eating so that his obsession with perfection can become a reality.

hiiii | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/2/12

Conor was not lead guitarist of Alexisisonfire. You may be thinking of Dallas Green A.K.A City and Colour (amazing). Also Conor is definitely referring to Cocaine or something similar. Definitely not heroine! To me this song is about being a loser and (maybe being/knowing) with a loser. You're both fucked but you just do. You just try for happiness. This is long before the Monsters of Folk stuff. Conor is still singing depressively but with more beauty and intelligence than the previous albums (not that they aren't genius).

Lua | Reviewer: ARG | 11/11/11

Going to to the bathroom is not about bulimia. Druggies always shoot up in the bathroom, even in their own homes. So when they are always going to bathroom they are going there to shoot up. That is why he said: "it takes one to know one". So, what he is saying is that he knows exactly what she is doing in the bathroom.

afdsg | Reviewer: Conor<3 | 10/22/11

this song is about all kinds of things
whoever says that it is about just this or that is wrong because it's ambiguous. it talks about bulimia, it talks about being lonely, it talks about drinking, it talks about taking some kind of drug, it talks about partying... how can you say it's JUST about heroin? even if the underlying theme IS heroin (or some other drug) you can still relate to it in so many other instances. Why do you need to limit it?

Feelings towards lua. | Reviewer: Kayla Marie | 8/27/11

Eh I been a fan of bright eyes for a while, lead singer Conor Oberst was the guitarist from alexisonfire so I've known him from there. Personally I dont think I need to be a fucking label to enjoy quality music okay assholes. Thanks. And I been in and out of detoxes, Definitely this song speaks to me, I find it interesting and beautiful, everyone has their own opinions to his songs but to me it talks alot about him having a drinking problem, (its something I relate to alot) "I've got a flask inside my pocket we can share it on the train
If you promise to stay conscious I will try and do the same" hes obviously numbing himself out drinking and he talks about basically self medicating by useing different types of substances like perscription meds and having emotional pain within himself "We might die from medication, but we sure killed all the pain" me it relates so much cause I have issues like these and I dont know I love how he speaks it hits me all the raw and emotion he brings to the table. Then again this is my opinion from my point of view.

ummm | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/25/11

Could there be a "Bright Eyes" without Mogis and Walcott? Yes

Could there be a "Bright Eyes" without Conor Oberst? No.

Saying that "Conor Oberst" is a necessary and sufficient component of "Bright Eyes" is essentially saying that he is the band. e.g., "Kurt Cobain was Nirvana"

from experience | Reviewer: nobody | 5/1/11

ha. you people are naive to think that people don't shoot up heroin in public bathrooms EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME. it takes about 5 minutes. none the less, who cares what drug it's about, addiction is addiction, its miserable.

Most Recent poster is incorrect. | Reviewer: Cartoon Blues | 4/25/11

Bright eyes is a band, consisting of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott. Cono has said so himself in countless interviews including at the end of this one:

The band has many people who collaborate with them on various records, but those three have to be involved for the record to be considered a "Bright Eyes" album.

WRONG! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/12/11

"finally, and not to be pretentious, but "Bright Eyes" is a person, not a band. The band has actually varied throughout his career. Currently, Conor is in a band, but the name escapes me."

Bright Eyes is the band and not a person as far as I know the lineup hasn't changed, and the other bands are the Connor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and The Monsters of Folk......Why don't you do some research before you post because your just one big bucket of wrong

Reviewing the Main Idea behind "Lua" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/11

The main idea of the song focuses on how taking drugs and partying is an empty attempt at achieving happiness and trying to be able to accept the world around you. "You just keep going to the bathroom always say you'll be right back
Well it takes one to know one, kid, I think you've got it bad," is definitely a cocaine reference because if you think about it, shooting up heroin often in a bathroom at a public place is not only dangerous but highly unpractical, however cocaine can be used often and in smaller doses in order to prolong the effects. And although I think this is a cocaine reference, he also mentions in multiple other songs (especially on this CD) that a girl that is very close to him uses heroin, which may or may not be the same person/personify the same thing.

responses | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/11

as for drugs versus eating disorders, I think it was intended to ambiguously refer to both. Since we know from "Rabbit Hole" that Conor at least knows some cocaine users, but we also know from "I've Been Eating for You" that Conor struggles with personal image issues. So, it's probably supposed to be both.

As for whoever stated it was "obviously" a heroine reference, I think again it was supposed to ambiguously refer to drug habits. The line about staying conscious is in the verse about alcohol, so that doesn't seem to illuminate the drug of choice. In any event, it's not cool to know lots of stuff about narcotic drugs, but there are lots of other drugs you can use in the bathroom that make you pass out...

finally, and not to be pretentious, but "Bright Eyes" is a person, not a band. The band has actually varied throughout his career. Currently, Conor is in a band, but the name escapes me.

Lua | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/25/11

I think it's fun to try and interpret song meanings but the beauty if lyrics like this is that your own interpretation of them is what gives the song meaning and makes it so special. You may love a song because you can relate to the lyrics but then you find you it means something else and it doesn't work so well anymore. Just love the song for the beauty of these lyrics and interpret it in a way that makes you feel good.

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