Bright Eyes - Four Winds Lyrics




Your class, your caste, your country, sect, your name or your tribe
There's people always dying trying to keep them alive
There's bodies decomposing in containers tonight
In an abandoned building where
Squatters made a mural of a Mexican girl
With fifteen cans of spray paint and a chemical swirl
She's standing in the ashes at the end of the world
Four winds blowing through her hair

But when great Satan's gone... the Whore of Babylon...
She just can't sustain the pressure where it's placed
She caves

The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qur'an's mute
If you burned them all together you'd get close to the truth still
They're pouring over Sanskrit on the Ivy League moons
While shadows lengthen in the sun
Cast all the school and meditation built to soften the times
And hold us at the center while the spiral unwinds
It's knocking over fences crossing property lines
Four Winds, cry until it comes

And it's the Sum of Man slouching towards Bethlehem
A heart just can't contain all of that empty space
It breaks. It breaks. It breaks.

Well I went back by rented Cadillac and company jet
Like a newly orphaned refugee retracing my steps
All the way to Cassadaga to commune with the dead
They said, "You'd better look alive"
And I was off to old Dakota where a genocide sleeps
In the Black Hills, the Badlands, the calloused East
I buried my ballast. I made my peace.

Heard Four Winds, leveling the pines

But when great Satan's gone... the Whore of Babylon...
She just can't remain with all that outer space
She breaks. She breaks. She caves. She caves.





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Bright Eyes Four Winds Comments
  1. Randall Goble

    When you realize the intro is "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"...

  2. Roy Crowley

    She gets pissed even though it's a video I don't this was rehearsald if it was she still gets mad the drummer I hope they are still together. She had a great solo album too wasn't she with another bad on saddle Creek? Some body help me out Rainer Maria?

  3. Bahl Ongaard

    OK! :) <3

  4. Chantz Gunnell

    I got to this song by decrypting a Taylor swift song. Huh. Weird

  5. israel castelan

    can’t believe this only has 53k views

  6. Tara Raynal

    Paul dano will make a great biopic of conor

  7. Maria Ines Nuñez

    I really love your music and I personally think that you are a great poet.

  8. Zero The painter

    This is the time in which we find ourselves today

  9. joca

    Maria Taylor 😍

    Eldrad Ulthran

    Shes amazing. Also, the song Southern State by bright eyes is about her. Check it out

  10. Zero The painter

    Can you imagine the 2 angry sad people who put thumbs down on this one . I feed bad for them .

  11. Priscila Troczinski

    Voltei aos meus 15 anos ❤️

  12. Adriano Hess

    This is like to give roses to the pigs! They would smash it petals into the mud...

  13. sethaaron

    When this album was being written i guess he was watching that HBO show Carnivale. He integrated tons of imagery and episode titles, which of course is biblical imagery and even in certain songs mirrored and reworked/adapted narratives into songs. Some of the songs were reflections on characters from the show and even many of the videos evoke the dustbowl depression era and Carnivale's visual sensibility.

    Andrea Codoshian

    Omg he liked Carnivale too??? I'm so happy. It was totally cancelled too soon.

  14. Don Quixito

    I didn't like pushing my mother's wheel chair noticing laughter and pionting as I was forced to let my mother stay there or get us where I didn't know I was fucking four five maybe and who the fuck waste gas to point out the strife of a fucking child as he is forced into manual uncompensated labor

  15. Don Quixito

    I have yto have been programmed I'm no savant I was put in foster care my Jewish fucking aunt made jokes about me being a green swamp thing and a space case my mom's family made jokes about me being a space cadet.....and I rage and will have them ended......I see it as I have seen Facebook wiped from this world....for killing Brandon making me bleive that and the birthday annavseray celebrations destroying my life his dad made in honor of his son....whom he choose to kill.........a head would lol

    Don Quixito

    My father and mother both forced to live with there conditions Brandon's parents in church my parents only fucking belonged to promote the whole prolife bullshit and the witch craft that a choice like that with familys being public church accepted topics

  16. Slothiger Wawawa

    Your class, your caste, your country, sect, your name or your tribe
    There's people always dying, trying to keep them alive
    There are bodies decomposing in containers tonight
    In an abandoned building where
    A squatter's made a mural of a Mexican girl
    With fifteen cans of spray paint in a chemical swirl
    She's standing in the ashes at the end of the world
    Four winds blowing through her hair
    But when great Satan's gone, the whore of Babylon
    She just can't sustain the pressure where it's placed
    She caves
    The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qu'ran's mute
    If you burn them all together, you get close to the truth still
    They are pouring over Sanskrit on the ivy league moons
    While shadows lengthen in the sun
    Cast on a school of meditation built to soften the times
    And hold us at the center while the spiral unwinds
    It's knocking over fences, crossing property lines
    Four winds, cry until it comes
    And it's the sum of man
    Slouching towards Bethlehem
    A heart just can't contain all of that empty space
    It breaks, it breaks, it breaks
    Well, I went back to my rented Cadillac and company jet
    Like a newly orphaned refugee, retracing my steps
    All the way to Cassadaga to commune with the dead
    They said, 'You'd better look alive.'
    And I was off to old Dakota where a genocide sleeps
    In the black hills, the bad lands, the calloused east
    I buried my ballast, I made my peace
    Heard four winds leveling the pines
    But when great Satan's gone, the whore of Babylon
    She just can't remain with all that outer space
    She breaks, she breaks, she caves, she caves

  17. lyinsroar

    what's the meaning for the crowd throwing things at bright eyes? is it because of the anti religious message?

  18. Gerardo Briceño

    I don't kmow why this song is better than the cover of the killers, this version is soo boring

  19. Fayondiil Griph

    ok so i came across this song through The Killers' cover and now im a fan, ive searched for their channel on youtube but i cant find it can anyone help?

    Scoo Scotch

    Fayondiil Griph same

  20. GoldenGhoul42

    Did i hear "when great Satan's gone" lol, if that was the lyric it was really unexpected

    Ligierthegreensun

    Blank God unexpected? The entire song is rife with religious or anti religious symbolism. “The whore of Babylon”, “slouching towards Bethlehem”, “the bible’s blind, the Torah’s dead, the Qu’ran is mute”

    GoldenGhoul42

    Ligierthegreensun I forgot I commented that but, yeah I was just trying to make a joke, I personally like the song

  21. Digital Ash TCG

    I couldn't throw something at Conor even for a music video, that kind of blasphemy is unforgivable

    Maria Ines Nuñez

    It's not blasphemy. Devil is in our bad acts, in our own misery, not in a rock song.

    Kitana Kojima

    Digital Ash TCG not even panties?

  22. Илона Шевякова

    beautiful nonsense

    Mad Mastermind

    Илона Шевякова beautiful truth

  23. clemm 2231

    if you've seen him in Texas or Dallas he gets angry but still puts on a good show

    Senjin 801

    clemm 2231 why?

  24. Jim Schmim

    Santa Claus is coming to town.....

  25. Ryan Burr

    Is that Ashton Kutcher in the audience?

  26. Jace Ka

    this video sucks, really dont wanna hear a bunch of people yelling in the background

    Илона Шевякова

    Jace Karloff this video is interesting

    Jace Ka

    the music and video is interesting sure, but they didnt need to cover up the music in the video with people yelling, its pretty obvious whats going on if you just watch instead of ruining the music, which is why im watching the video in the first place....

  27. Jason Birch

    Casa Dega is my favourite Bright Eyes cd. Conner is a fantastic lyricist !!

    clemm 2231

    same l love cassedeaga

    Mad Mastermind

    I love cassadaga

  28. Geno Hoff

    Hmmm... what a Revelation.<3 this...

  29. Joshua Bennett

    what a fucking lyricist. I've had this songs lyrics stuck in my head for what, eight years now?

  30. geobum

    haha the dice at 2:34

  31. Daniel Madden

    I love Conor Oberst's style as a musician and visual artist.  These music vdeos are fantastic and full of great symbolism.  I will keep listening to you for as long as you make art.

  32. joelster9x

    Seriously. His music is so powerful and inspirational. I dont think i go a day without putting on Bright Eyes song. Never stop Conor, your music means so much to so many people!

  33. SunflowerGlass

    This song is probably my favorite.
    It reminds me of home.
    Keep doing what you do. Cause all of us fans, love it ^_^ even if you don't think you do good.
    That's IF you think that, haha.

    p.s. I loved your hair like this ^.^

  34. Josh Isaac

    awww u hide ur channel :) just keepin these vids for the conor oberst website eh? well i love this one a lot conor. please dont ever leave bright eyes. btw, ur newest album: The People's Key is a great. u guys rly pulled thru.