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We Are Nowhere and It's Now

This song is by Bright Eyes and appears on the album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005) and on the album Motion Sickness: Live Recordings (2005).

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If you hate the taste of wine
Why do you drink it till you're blind?
And if you swear that there's
No truth and who cares
How come you say it, like you're right?

Why are you scared to dream of god
When it's salvation that you want?
You see stars that clear
Have been dead for years
But the idea just lives on

In our wheels that roll around
As we moved over the ground
And all day it seems
We've been in between
Our past and future town

We are nowhere and it's now
We are nowhere and it's now

In like a ten minute dream
In the passenger seat
While the world was flying by
I haven't been gone very long
But it feels like a lifetime

I've been sleeping so strange at night
Side effects they don't advertise
I've been sleeping so strange
With a head full of pesticide

I've got no plans and too much time
I feel too restless to unwind
I'm always lost in thought
As I walk a block
To my favorite neon sign

Where the waitress looks concerned
But she never says a word
Just turns the jukebox on
And we hum along
And I smile back at her

And my friend comes after work
When the features start to blur
She says these bars are filled
With things that kill
By now you probably should have learned

Did you forget that yellow bird?
Oh, how could you forget your yellow bird?
And she took a small silver wreath
And pinned it on to me
She said, this one will bring you love

And I don't know if it's true
But I keep it for good luck

Written by:


  • Matt Manginn - bass
  • Jason Boesel - drums
  • Conor Oberst, Jesse Harris - guitar
  • Emmylou Harris - harmonies
  • Mike Mogis - mandolin
  • Nick White - piano
  • Nate Walcott - trumpet