Oberst, Conor - Artifact #1 Lyrics




What would it take to gain acceptance
To the grounds behind your eyes?
You know I'm open to suggestion
The one you made we never tried
You let it slip right out from under
Your breath and it rolled around my head
Though it was nothing I'd considered
I knew it had to happen then

Stood on the banks of the Potomac
We watched the water rushing by
You said we should live in the moment
But then I'd miss you all the time
I know no one will believe me
But I don't want a second chance
To be an object of desire
If that means slipping through your hands

If I had tried to make you mine
You would have walked away
Life can't compete with memories
That never have to change

This world is full of missing persons
All of these unsolved mysteries
If someone says they know for certain
They are selling something certainly
So when I set myself to wonder
On all the questions that remain
The only one that even matters
Is when I'll see your face again

I keep looking back for artifacts
To prove that you were here
A sound that has been keeps echoing
It never disappears





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Oberst, Conor Artifact #1 Comments
  1. daydrmnation

    One of the best songwriters of our time, undeniably.

  2. the show

    What would it take to gain acceptance
    To the grounds behind your eyes
    You know I'm open to suggestion
    The one you made we never tried

    Let it slip right out from under
    Your breath and it rolled around my head
    It was nothing I'd consider
    I knew it had to happen then

    Stood on the banks of the Potomac
    We watched the water rushing by
    You said we should live in the moment
    Then I'd miss you all the time

    And I know no one will believe me
    But I don't want a second chance
    To be an object of desire
    If that means slipping through your hands
    If I had tried to make you mine

    You would have walked away
    I can't compete with memories
    They never have to change
    This world is full of missing persons
    All of these unsolved mysteries

    If someone says they know for certain
    They're selling something certainly
    So when I set myself to wonder
    All the questions that remain

    The only one that even matters
    Is when I'll see you're face again
    I keep looking back for artifacts
    To prove that you were here

    The sound that's been keeps echoing
    It never disappears

  3. UnCleT215

    "You're a sound that's been, you keep echoing" - The way he sang it at the NPR Tiny Desk show.. made it that much better

  4. Ivan Tsurikov

    No one writes better lyrics than this.

    Josiah Jones

    Bob Dylan: *exists*


    All jokes aside, Conor is one of the best songwriters ever, and he's probably my favorite, but Dylan is unmatched, and there are a few others a bit better than Conor in terms of just sheer lyricism.

    A Garbage Bag

    Josiah Jones who are the ones better than Conor? i’m genuinely curious

    Josiah Jones

    @A Garbage Bag Bob Dylan, possibly Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon

  5. Dan Thompson

    "Bible cleanliness is mental and emotional cleanliness. Not quarantined filth.",dan'

  6. Dan Thompson

    "Repeat means to parrot.",dan'

  7. Dan Thompson

    "Joicing",dan'

  8. Ironyology

    "if someone says they know for certain, they're selling something certainly" AH A PARADOX

    KantraScepter

    Life is full of things you can't understand, friend

  9. Christina Connors

    My heart melts when I hear this song . Then again, it's been melting for years, going back to 99.

  10. Traccia7

    Let's cry, over and over again. 

    KantraScepter

    sounds like a plan

  11. Cheryl Evans Westman

    Heard this on The Current yesterday and have played and re-played - can't seem to hear it enough. I'm slowly checking out his other work. What a beautiful piece of music and inspiring artist!

    Joshua Banning

    +Cheryl Evans Westman Rolling Stone called him The Boy Genius of rock n roll ten years ago, he's older now but his music is just as good. I agree with unveiled Mystery

    unveiled mystery

    Yea his solo music is great, his new album, the album this song is on is a pure classic, I loveit.

    Flinch Fu

    +Cheryl Evans Westman You'll be checking out his work for a while...

    unveiled mystery

    @Isaiah Israel 95%

    Angel Santana

    @William Carroll his firs album water is good once you like all his stuff just to hear him sing at 13 what a talent

  12. ScreamingInTheCalle

    Best song on the album.

    Championette

    It is great... but so are Common Knowledge and Night at Lake Unknown.  Don't ya think? I saw him last month... it was amazing, as usual! :)