Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
One of My KInd
2012
cd, album
auch auf Vinyl erhältlich
enthält DVD mit Dokumentation über Albumaufnahmen in Mexiko

6: Taylor Holingsworth
7: Jason Boesel
8: Philip Shaffard
9: Nik Freitas
10: Paul Simon


 

One Of My Kind

I can't live in this city
But I was born here
And I know all these people
Where they went to high school
Where they got their angle
Here they waited tables
Still call me brother
Like Cain and Abel

There, see all those old men
How'd they get so swollen?
I got so many broke friends
Who say I owe them
From when we were children
How did it happen?
Where is it going?
Is that your question, man?
Where does all your frustration lie?
Why are you pulling out your hair at night?
Just try and have a good time
All the rest aside
You're still one of my kind

I can't think in this city
But I remember
I know every story that it ever told me
Well, I got the blueprint
To create my own myth
That's what made it tragic
Like a summer snowdrift

Yeah, going to call my first love
Meet her at the new club
Tell her all that I've done
Finally be forgiven
And get good and drunk
Like it feels you're young
There are things against us
But I will fight tooth and nail
Stand in the sickening sunshine
After staying out all night
And maybe it's the good life
All the rest aside
The rest aside
The rest aside
You're still one of my kind

I can't live in this city
But I'll probably die here
Maybe that's how you feel
Like a poisoned cornfield
Like a best friend backstabbed
An abandoned train track
We're living straight-lined
Are you one of my kind?


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Gentleman's Pact


I was lost for a while in a mirrored hallway of a high-rise hotel
Umbrella drink in my hand, sitting down
Saw ten thousand me's, numb cocaine teeth in their chattering mouths
Thought about home, thought about death, thought about moving south
Rodeo wind blew in, now the candle's out and everyone's scared
Call my broker, sell everything, I want to be prepared
Heard the cavalry cry of my girl for the night when I entered her
Sounded so fake, always feels fake, finishes and then it feels worse

Every hallway has a camera
Every hallway has a camera don't you know
They never let you open the window
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 took one look and threw us out
Life's not fair
I tried to die young with my true love, ended up a millionaire
The mechanical world, a loud sound you've never heard that's always there
Radio's trailing through the desert, keep driving until you disappear
We made a gentlemen's pact: no stopping, no looking back
Lace those shoes.
Take the first step
Take the next step
That's a boy!
It is never too soon

All that you keep is the journey, all you keep are the spaces in between
It's not the fresh start or the ending
All that you keep is the journey

Smoke rings round my thoughts
Blue ribbons at the dawn
High beyond 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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Corina, Corina


Corina, Corina
Where you been so long?
Corina, Corina
Where you been so long?
I've been so worried about you, coquito
When are you coming home?

Corina, Corina
Where did you sleep last night?
You come back around this morning
Clothes don't fit you right

I got a bird that whistles
I got a bird that sings
I got a bird that whistles
I got a bird that sings
Oh without you Corina, this life don't mean a thing

Corina, Corina
Listen, you make me blue
Corina, Corina
Listen, you make me blue
Miss Figueroa-Escamilla
Hey, I'm talking to you!

Corina, Corina
Where have you been so long?
Mi querida, Corina
Where you been so long?

You're way out there in Toluca
I'm trapped in Tepoztln
You're way out there in Toluca
I'm trapped in Tepoztln


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Synesthete Song


Harbor Ann, take me as I am
A flame reduced to ash
Laugh as my youth is taken from me
Winter's day, am I in your way?
You press against my skin
All the flowery speeches ended fast
Clinking glass
The champagne made my head feel light
And overcast the stars
Paper crane, tell me it's OK
An opera glasses view
Kaleidoscope of now and never
Gaia's love, schizophrenia
The devil's in my coat
Mothership coming to pick me up
Just my luck
They got my house surrounded
I'm the only one I trust

The dark light of man
The dark let him in

Synesthete, can I confide in thee?
The color is the sound
The screams were orange
My footsteps silver
Secret plan, man, I'll tell you if I can
The evils of this world are at your doorstep
Let me enter, friend, understand
We have come to the convergence
Now all the paths combine


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Breezy


Move your slender fingers
Help me play this song
Spend another night inside this rented mansion
I love you now
I know that doesn't matter
I love you now
I know that doesn't matter

Kissing me full of beer, tequila, weed, and candy
Walking down the boardwalk
Act like we were married
You always made it easy
Then I'd want you more
You always kept it easy
Then I'd want you more

Too smart for your own good
Too sweet, too logical
Statistics round your head
Tried to teach me about baseball
My favorite was the part when they make it home
I like it when they steal, and when they make it home

You left us with a sorrow too unreal to help
Heard the birds sound broadcast speakers at the Phoenix hotel
All your friends are standing, crying, on the sidewalk
All your boyfriends, they were standing crying on the sidewalk

Breezy, I feel dizzy
Can you help me up?
It's crowded at the back door
How we getting to the bus?
I'd like to help you find it if there's something better
Yeah, I'll try and help you find it if there's something better

Move your slender fingers
Help me play this song
Spend another night inside this practice mansion
I love you now
I know that's all that matters
I love you now
And I know that's all that matters


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Got The Reason #1


You know a lot can happen after everybody falls asleep
Ask the forest fire, ask the cop walking on the beat
And do right by them, work a little in your dreams
Don't let time rob you, hold onto your memories
In the glass houses, in the pages of the Rolling Stone
I get a sick feeling, like I'm rocking in a little boat
Hear the big church bell, it's ringing like a mobile phone
Such a long Sunday drive, and I'm taking it all alone

I want to belong to a reason
And cut a new key to the kingdom
And if anybody asks me, say I want to belong
If anybody asks me, say that it won't take long
If anybody asks me, say I'm going to get this done
If anybody asks me, say I got a reason

In the last hard drive in the satellites that kick and spin
You'll find that old footage so everything can live again
Pretty pink roses, the ostrich and the elephant
It's the next Noah's ark, everything's got to fit
In the creased pages of a letter I've been trying to send
To a young widow who is desperate for some kind of friend
You'll find a long list of eligible, handsome men
Who want to lay with her, upon the table of the elements

They're going to hold strong to a reason
And cut a new key to the kingdom
And if anybody asks them, say they're going to belong
And if anybody asks them, say that it won't take long now
And if anybody asks them, say they're going to get this done
And if anybody asks them, say they've got a reason


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White Shoes (Reprise)

You can wear your new white shoes
In the muddy afternoon
Walking past the drunks, too
They whistle with their hands
But I could be your catcall, too
Anything you want to do
Anything you want to do
You can take your slide trombone
Play it in your catacombs
Find a town that moves real slow
And turn it on its head
And I could be your pharaoh's tomb
Anything you want to do
Lover, anything you want to do
And if you want to be common
I can claim that I tamed you
A demigod in a bonnet
They're going to know it ain't true
You can paint your nails lime green
Rent yourself a limousine
Kidnap the professor's niece
Tell them that she's dead
We'll party in a hotel room
Anything you want to do
Sister, anything you want to do
You can get your hair all wet
Sleeping on the riverbed
Kiss a frog and then dissect
You got to find out what's inside
And you can have my bad side, too
Anything you want to do
Sure, anything you want to do
And if you want to be common
I will claim that I tamed you
A demigod in a bonnet
They're going to know it ain't true
And yes, you are King David's star
And the crescent moon, and the crescent moon
You must sweep the Bowdhi tree
I sit beneath, and I sit beneath
You can wear your new white shoes
In the dirty afternoon
Walking through the traffic fumes
A flower in your hair
And I will swing upon your moods
Anytime you want me to
Just tell me what you want to do
Anything you want to do
Anything you want to do


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