Bright Eyes at Westfair | Ticket Giveaway!

by Bryce Wergin

Whether they evoke an old memory or simply stand out in the verse, Bright Eyes' lyrics tend to cut deep. The line that resonates with me: "I'm a cartoon, you're a full moon, let's stay up" from the song "Hot Knives" off of the album Cassadaga.

Now your favorite Bright Eyes lyrics can hook you up with a pair of free tickets to the band's show Saturday, June 4 at the Westfair Amphitheater in Council Bluffs with Jenny & Johnny, courtesy One Percent Productions. Just drop us a comment below telling us your favorite lyrics, from which song and album by 10 p.m. CST May 31. You must be registered on the site to win. We'll randomly draw from the eligible entries and announce the winner June 1. Good luck!


You must be registered on the site (anonymous entries won't be considered);

• You must include the lyrics, song and album;

• Your comment must be posted by 10 p.m. CST May 31.

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Joshuaalec92 on Tue, 05/31/2011 - 9:58pm

A Celebration Upon Completion

This year 2011, was my graduation year, and before I left, my English teacher wanted everyone in the class to make her a CD based on our life goal's and dreams. The last song on my track list was this song, and the lyrics reached out to me. It's very hard trying to find just one song to pick, but I did my best.

"And they held on to each other with all the strength they had
And they loved with devotion beyond what I understand
But I guess fear has a way of making sleep unbearable
And the days seem dark and long
But we cry and we dance
And we stumble into love with perfect, awkward grace
The moon is gone and the sun has took its place.


A Celebration Upon Completion - A Collection Of Songs Written & Recorded 1995-1997

AaronParker on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 7:32pm

I WIll Be Grateful For This Day


Song: I Will Be Grateful For This Day

Album: Noise Floor


"And we'd get drunk and kiss

Our bodies twist like shoelaces

And we never came untied"

That lyric is impeccable.

sdlakey2013 on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 1:12pm

Ticket Giveaway.

This was a ridiculously hard decision because there absolutely isn't one song I can think of that I've ever felt negative towards that Bright Eyes has done. I decided on this one because it's an all time favorite and reminds me of a favorite place of mine called Ender's Lake where we'd fish and listen to BE near my hometown here in Nebraska and since this is a lyric competition I thought this would be best because it sums up perfectly how I felt when I first heard Bright Eyes ever.

The song is..

Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and To Be Loved) 

The album is..

Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground

The whole song is amazing of course, but the lyrics I picked are...

But where was it when I first heard that sweet sound of humility?

It came to my ears in the god damn loveliest melody.

How grateful I was then to be part of the mystery.

To love and to be loved, let's just hope that is enough. 

Joelmanfu on Mon, 05/30/2011 - 10:17am

Favorite lyrics by Bright Eyes

I got no plans and too much time
I feel too restless to unwind.

Song Title: We Are Nowhere and It's Now
From the album: I'm Wide Awake It's Morning

Bart Schaneman on Sun, 05/29/2011 - 9:31pm

Something Vague--Fevers and Mirrors

"Now and again it seems worse than it is, but mostly the view is accurate."

Natasha Richardson on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 2:19pm

favorite lyric

"My veins are full of flat cherry-cola"


from the song "Firewall"

on the album The People's Key

jessevoss on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 12:05am

Don't Know When But A Day Is

Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come

LIFTED or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground



Is it true what I heard about the Son of God?
Did he die for us? Did he die at all?
And if I sold my soul for a bag of gold,
Which one of us would be the foolish one?
Which one of us would be the fool?
Which one of us would be the foolish one?
Which one of us would be the fool?

leannbaker24 on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 11:01am

"Train Under Water"

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.

"Im Wide Awake, it's Morning"


nepaska on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 10:00am

Land Locked Blues

If you walk away, I'll walk away

First tell me which road you will take

I don't want to risk our paths crossing someday

So you walk that way, I'll walk this way

this one gets me every time......

Baker77x on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 8:10am

Sweet Bright Eyes Lyrics

"Theres kids playing guns in the streets and ones pointing his tree branch at me, so i put my hands up and said enough is enough, if you walk away ill walk away, and he shot me dead."

Lua - Im Wide Awake Its Morning.


Ryan McKeever on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 3:35am

Lyric new

"So pleased with the daydream, that now living's no good."

"Lime Tree" from Cassadaga (2007)

dreamgirlsdontexist on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 11:11pm

Letting Off The Happiness, June On The West Coast

I spent a day dreaming of dying in Mesa, Arizona
Where all the green of life had turned to ash
And I felt I was on fire, with the things I could have told you
I just assumed that you eventually would ask
And I wouldn't have to bring up my so badly broken heart,
And all those months I just wanted to sleep
And though spring, it did come slowly, I guess it did its part
My heart has thawed and continues to beat.
BryceBridges on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 7:28pm

Spent on Rainy Days, Post Parlo split EP w/ Spoon

I bought a little from my brother's friend,
Well, just to get me by
I don't trust his cut
The effect is never as high as the mark-up
I think I'll print it in the personals that I'm looking for a match
Someone to light me up,
Someone to burn the proof of the things that I've done
Each day there are hours I skip like a stone
I just crawl in a bag
I'm gonna live my life like somebody's shadow

sheps138 on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 7:18pm

Bowl of Oranges - LIFTED

But if the world could remain within a frame like a painting on a wall, well I think we'd see the beauty then, and stand staring in awe at our still lives posed like a bowl of oranges.

aheffelf on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 6:27pm

Favorite Lyric

How could this not be your favorite?

So I'm pouring some whiskey, I'm gonna get drunk
Yeah, I'm pouring myself some whiskey, I'm going to get really fucking drunk
I'm pouring some whiskey right now, I'm going to get so, so drunk

from "It's Cool We Can Still Be Friends" on Noise Floor: Rarities 1998-2005


dudewontdie on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 6:00pm

These lyrics floored me the first time I heard them.

"If I could change my mind, change the paradigm,
Prepare myself for another life,
Forgive myself for the many times,
I was cruel to something helpless and weak."


The remorse in these lines is accentuated by the fourth line not rhyming. Brilliant. 

diyrecordsnmgmt on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 5:36pm

I Will Be Grateful For This Day

I Will Be Grateful For This Day

Noise Floor


"I had a friend who changed his name
But couldn't change himself
Never quite figured out
How to deal with what life had dealt
He put a needle in his arm to calm his handsome hell
Who would've imagined it
Could've worked out so well?
Now he's a shape that moves
Like echoes through my empty room
And there's a voice that speaks
Like someone's right behind me
I turned around and found exactly what you would expect
The clothes I left on my floor
The papers piled on my desk
But where the ink is wet, the cause, effects
What's meant by it?
The story that is incomplete
The picture's left unfinished."

dylan on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 5:31pm


we might die from medication, but we sure killed all the pain