Avett Brothers, The - Smithsonian Lyrics




Call the Smithsonian I made a discovery
Life ain't forever and lunch isn't free
Loved ones will break your heart with or without you
Turns out we don't get to know everything

Get the young scientists, tell them "come quick"
I must be the first man that's ever seen this
Lines on my face, my teeth are not white
My eyes do not work and my legs don't move right

Call the Smithsonian I made a discovery
Life ain't forever and lunch isn't free
Loved ones will break your heart with or without you
Turns out we don't get to know everything

I wonder if Romeo ever got scared
Taken but shaken, unprepared
Under the balcony, under the trees
Fully unknowing of where this would lead
What if we marry or give up the ghost?
Or we abandon those we love most?
What if you carry me and lay me down
Once you get used to me being around?

Call the Smithsonian I made a discovery
Life ain't forever and lunch isn't free
Loved ones will break your heart with or without you
Turns out we don't get to know everything

My bedroom's an office, my kitchen's a car
My life is a joke and my bathroom's a bar
I go there a lot, more than I should
I know I should stop but it feels too damn good

Call the Smithsonian I made a discovery
Life ain't forever and lunch isn't free
Loved ones will break your heart with or without you
Turns out we don't get to know everything





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Avett Brothers, The Smithsonian Comments
  1. Rohwit

    Ah a gem that is waiting to be discovered by clicky clicky folks. Love this. so. much.

  2. frank white

    First time i ever saw anyone playing cello upright. Must have a strap. Just so trippy

  3. JP from down in Alabama The Hillbilly Luchadore

    Greetings from Moody Alabama ✌🏻This whole album is amazing!

  4. ikey81

    I love the new album, I think this one connects with me most.

  5. Banana Shark

    i love the bathroom is my bar line its perfect

    Fish N Chips

    Banana Shark same as "my life is a joke" because it is lol

  6. grah613

    This version is better than the studio version, can't say why exactly but I feel its tempo is up one step than the albums. 👍

  7. SpaceCowboyToo

    Sly, funny and full of wisdom. What an extraordinary song!

  8. Suzanne Henson

    This is my new theme song- LOVE this.

  9. Ryan Holmer

    This song is about the realization that we are all aging and the truth that comes with it. Great tune!

    Chris Plunkett

    True comment.

  10. Francis Pants

    I love this performance...this song.

  11. Deplorable

    Deep harmony to this.

  12. b24harman

    The brother on the right has no business singing.

    Cousin Matt

    You have no business posting, moron.

    Avett Brothers Covers

    lol what? Hes honestly the best singer Ive ever heard in my life

  13. Edward Polenzani

    What do they mean by "lunch isn't free"? lol. Love this song, I'm just honestly confused by that lyric. Any guesses?

    Edward Polenzani

    thank you for that context!

    Francis Pants

    +Ken Hartman there is so much volume to that and every line in this somg. Its amazing.

    Charlotte V

    Isn't it about understanding for yourself the truth behind sayings that have become cliches or truisms, and in doing so also glimpsing your own limits?

    frank white

    TINSTAFL is an old sayin

    raindogred

    lunch isn't free because you have to pay the piper

  14. Wolf Creek Boys

    Vocals on point

  15. cowboydanl

    John Prine vibes for sure. I wish they would do more like this.

    McMasterExploder

    Yeah my favorite off the album. So dang good.

  16. Tim

    Kinda speechless right now... What a fantastic song! Very excited for the new album and for June 14th when I see them in Deadwood!

  17. Darrell Brock

    LIKE!!!

  18. Michael H

    Prine-esque. Nice...