Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst - Smoke Signals

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I was lost for a while in the mirrored hallway of a high-rise hotel

Umbrella drink in my hand, sitting down

Saw ten thousand me’s numb cocaine teeth and the chattering man

Thought about home

Thought about death

Thought about moving south

Rodeo wind blew in out the candles

And now everyone’s scared

Call my broker sell everything

I want to be prepared

Heard the cavalry cry

My girl for the night when I entered her

Sounds so fake, always feels fake

Finishes and then it feels worse

But any hallway has a camera

Every hallway has a camera

Don’t you know?

They never let you open the window

Smoke signals of thought

White ribbons of loss

High above the tree line

They cry out

I froze up for a second on the pyramid side of the Las Vegas strip

My brother hunched over in the bushes, getting sick

Security knew he took one look and through us out, Life’s not fair

Thought I die young with my true love

Thought I’d be a millionaire

In a mechanical world

A loud sound you never heard is always there

Radio’s trailing in the desert

Keep driving until you disappear

We made a gentlemen’s pact

We’re not stopping no looking back,

Lace those shoes

Take the first step, take the next step

“That a boy!” It’s never too soon

All that you keep is the journey

All that you keep are the spaces in-between

It’s not the first start of the ending

All that you keep is the journey

Smoke rings around your thoughts

Blue ribbons at dawn

High above the tree line

We pass out

Smoke signals of thought

White ribbons of loss

High above the tree line

They cry out

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