Conor Oberst - Governor's Ball Lyrics




He came with his friends in a caravan to witness the Governor's Ball
Sat by himself on a cool patch of grass while the rest stood like bricks in a wall
The stage it looked like a vending machine
The singer a black Barbie doll
But it was well lit and well managed
So no property would be damaged
Until his boredom took full advantage of it all

He talked to a girl with Klonopin eyes who said she had jewelry to sell
First he said "No thanks" then he realized that he wasn't feeling that well
And the turquoise she held looked like pieces of sky
The garnet like teardrops from hell
And she offered him a necklace
And he wanted to accept it
But it would end up too expensive he could tell

Then she said:
"Why not, what have you got, to lose, to lose?"

When he never came back and the curfew had passed
His friends searched the fairgrounds for clues
A security guard with a maniacal laugh said "It's always the leader you lose"
When he finally turned up in the broad light of day
With a black eye as big as the moon
They all asked him what had happened
Was it real or all imagined?
And why on earth had he abandoned them so soon?

And he said:
"Why not, I do what I got to do, and so should you. You."





Other Lyrics by Artist

Rand Lyrics

Conor Oberst Governor's Ball Comments
  1. Anne Blake

    2018.. bob dylan amazing love it Conor!!!

  2. Dan Thompson

    "Maynard has no chromosomes.",dan'

  3. Dan Thompson

    "The military creates faux bands to disrupt peace. Tool being an example.,dan'

  4. Dan Thompson

    "I own all rights to sound.",dan'

  5. wrnpuoifsdanjl fdsanrewquopih

    i wish i could listen to conor oberst

  6. Alex Müller

    This album is amazing! I cant stop to listening it every single day!!

  7. Pamela Torres

    I'm soo stuck on this album! fuckiness lyrics!

  8. Traccia7

    How can, even a single person, dislike Conor?

  9. Amanda Taylor

    This song is Beatlesesque. Idk how Conor feels about them. But the beginning reminds me of mr Kite and Yellow Submerine...

  10. deathislife

    Honestly, this song really reminds me of "Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart. Love it.

  11. The Cave

    I love this song and after repeated listens this is what I've gathered:
    Conor is quoted in an interview basically describing this song as a story about a guy that goes to a music festival and gets lost. Now as the group of friends arrives and lines up at  a predetermined stage our main character lags behind in an open lawn by himself as he anticipates (I've assumed) the LSD he's ingested upon arrival to the festival to take effect. His judgement of the appearance of the artist and stage itself may or may not be the drugs taking hold of his senses but the girl approaching him with the jewelry is certainly pushting him in a direction that he wasn't expecting on his little trip. The following verse mentions his friends finding him after an all night search with a black eye and no recollection of where he'd been or what he did and after their seemingly  frantic and whiny inquiry (this is how I received it with the sped up piano in the backround) he explains his logic as a person choosing to not lump themselves in with everyone else the way they are expected to but instead embarking on his own path the way he chooses and good or bad, the outcome will be of his own choice and not what was planned by those around him.

  12. Shattersmith

    "Yawn", is what this song is about. Four minutes is what this totally fake, constructed Nothing moment "is".

  13. TryToMakeMe Laugh

    Conor I would love to speak with you sometime, what I have to tell you is something you will really like to hear.

  14. Joey Maxon

    Any one have theories as to the meaning of this song?

    The Cave

    I love this song and after repeated listens this is what I've gathered:
    Conor is quoted in an interview basically describing this song as a story about a guy that goes to a music festival and gets lost. Now as the group of friends arrives and lines up at  a predetermined stage our main character lags behind in an open lawn by himself as he anticipates (I've assumed) the LSD he's ingested upon arrival to the festival to take effect. His judgement of the appearance of the artist and stage itself may or may not be the drugs taking hold of his senses but the girl approaching him with the jewelry is certainly pushing him in a direction that he wasn't expecting on his little trip. The following verse mentions his friends finding him after an all night search with a black eye and no recollection of where he'd been or what he did and after their seemingly  frantic and whiny inquiry (this is how I received it with the sped up piano in the background) he explains his logic as a person choosing to not lump themselves in with everyone else the way they are expected to but instead embarking on his own path the way he chooses and good or bad, the outcome will be of his own choice and not what was planned by those around him.

  15. Indigowitch

    Can't wait to see you in October :')

  16. Darklaw

    Reminds me of Firewall :)

  17. Jonathan Baquet

    I have to get this album before my roadtrip next week. With this new release, I find myself digging out all my old Bright Eyes records to get my fix until then.

  18. Ju Maíra

    Fui dormir ontem à noite e liguei a TV como de costume... Uma música começou a tocar e eu não conseguia dormir, porque não queria parar de ouvir.
    Era você!  #Viciada =S

  19. James Dagnan

    I saw them in chattanooga bout two weeks ago, it was the sickest concert ive been to in a long time

  20. TXM

    Just love.  T.T

  21. Heyy Henry

    Can't wait to see Conor and Dawes in Central Park this July.

  22. kyle mohler

    "Better watch your snickers bar."

  23. kyle mohler

    I love the new album. Thank you Conor

  24. Alex Garcia

    WOW song is brilliant!!! cant wait for the new album!!!

  25. Typhuss 877

    Always make music my friend!

  26. Colin McElroy

    Youd be hard pressed to find a better songwriter , living or dead. I bet all who criticize/ hate on conor Have NO IDEA what music is, to them i say keep listening to ur local pop station- because your ears must love the shit in circulation.

    saxfreak01

    James Mercer? Cathal Coughlan?

    _HappyTheMan_

    Are you 14? You sound 14... Don't be such a snob.

  27. Mule731

    I love the backing vocals starting at 2:30

  28. ThePuffleMaster

    no emotional singing :(

  29. Ruth Madrid

    This is so perfect I love you wow

  30. Evan Jones

    Can't wait, June 7th Lexington, KY. I'm going to "Fangirl" so hard on this.

  31. YourPsychoanalyst

    Booooring...

    Loki John

    YourPsychoanalyst your fucking boring bitch boi I oughta smack you

  32. Jonathon Andrews

    So glad you didn't stop after The People's Key. Thanks Conor.

  33. Daven Bettridge

    What is this song about?

    Mateo Pizarro

    Id say its about how sometimes you have to do things that are unusual and risky to find your place. Kind of like the moment someone decides to embark of one of those "heroe's jourenies". But then again it's the first time I've listened to the song.

    devwithay

    it's literally about a festival, Governors Ball Music Festival hahaha

    The Cave

    I love this song and after repeated listens this is what I've gathered:
    Conor is quoted in an interview basically describing this song as a story about a guy that goes to a music festival and gets lost. Now as the group of friends arrives and lines up at  a predetermined stage our main character lags behind in an open lawn by himself as he anticipates (I've assumed) the LSD he's ingested upon arrival to the festival to take effect. His judgement of the appearance of the artist and stage itself may or may not be the drugs taking hold of his senses but the girl approaching him with the jewelry is certainly pushing him in a direction that he wasn't expecting on his little trip. The following verse mentions his friends finding him after an all night search with a black eye and no recollection of where he'd been or what he did and after their seemingly  frantic and whiny inquiry (this is how I received it with the sped up piano in the background) he explains his logic as a person choosing to not lump themselves in with everyone else the way they are expected to but instead embarking on his own path the way he chooses and good or bad, the outcome will be of his own choice and not what was planned by those around him.

  34. Ja Vi

    We are all in transition!! Great Conor. Waiting to see you
    in Spain

  35. thebeautytrick

    Yes. Thank you. 

  36. 1.618

    If somebody writes out the lyrics, I have the chords ready to go...

  37. Vance Elwood

    420!!
    Love you Conor <3

  38. Zed Z

    sweet, more conor for my ears!

  39. Kyle Cronin

    so nice to hear that voice again 

  40. Mallory Cornelison

    Never stop Conor!

  41. mary goodin

    WOOO!!! <3

  42. nottheref

    This songs amazing! Can't wait for the whole album.

  43. Ross Jernigan

    ty sir seeing you in saxapahaw!

  44. Brian Villagrana

    (Heavy Breathing) YES! 

  45. Patrick Hooker

    this album is going to change my life, i cant wait to see him on may 21 in philly, im gonna freak out!!!

  46. 1.618

    "klonopin eyes". There's a reference only experience can give.

  47. Megamaniac138

    Genius Conor sure genius where did you come up with a gem like that?

  48. Dustin Rosemark

    New stuff = Excited

  49. Floydthefuckbag

    Fuck yes.