Oberst, Conor - Common Knowledge Lyrics




He's my friend but he's no friend to me
Ask him why and he'll tell you casually
Washed up, bitter, broke and busted
Backstabbed everyone he trusted
Says he sees what no one else can see
And if I had half his guts I'd want it
To chase that fatalistic comet
And die young in the dark - that's poetry
But it was not to be
It was not for me

He's always sad but I've never seen him cry
When he comes to sure he'll apologize
Find his car assess the damage
Still drunk but he likes a challenge
Holds onto his mind just like a kite
But a good strong wind will keep you honest
Fill you with some common knowledge
Things when we were young we never tried
Just figured we had time with such a long life

Money clips and alligator shoes
One more dance and he's in that champagne room
Where she moves like a chocolate fountain
Pouring, spilling all around him
Makes him wonder what else she could do
How bittersweet is love's illusion
Feelings that cannot be proven
Trust me you'll see my aim is true
I did this all for you
I've suffered long for you

So many times he tried to play it straight
Worked and worked until his body ached
But a brand new life can lose its luster
Troubles tend to find each other
Call it luck or you can call it fate
But either way it's how it happened
Not the life that you imagined
So just go out with a bang like Hemingway
Some will say you're brave
Some will say you ain't





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Oberst, Conor Common Knowledge Comments
  1. carolineykins

    Money clips, alligator shoes ❤️

  2. pukeyourguts

    lol doesn't he look like a chris lilley character at 1:13

  3. gramme parsons

    watching this made me realise singers have their own flow and ad libs similar to in rap
    Wonder if conor could do a non ironic song ft migos that works?

    Raindrops, drop tops (drop top) 
    Smokin' on cookie in the hotbox (cookie) 
    Fuckin' on your bitch she a thot, thot, thot .

    gramme parsons

    just found my own comment from ONE SINGLE WEEK ago, no memory writing it, no idea wtf i was talking about, it's left me totally bamboozled.
    i must have been soooooo high

  4. Justin Fearior

    Nice statue. I'm glad you drank it before you broke it.

  5. Jacq

    The tears

  6. Spankeedee

    Is this about his brother? I am confused.

    Victor

    Spankeedee no the song is about himself.

  7. Christopher Donovan

    Oh how I loathe being a fan boy. Fuck it

  8. LahK HtalP

    Elliott’s Ghost ? 💔
    Conor I absolutely adore you. I’m stuck on your mind and would travel around the world to get a chance to shake your hand. To thank you for all you’ve spoken, sung and the beautiful music you’ve brought into this world.
    Just hoping you’ll read this one day and hopefully you’ll see/know deep down in your beautifully tortured heart that you were never alone in your feelings. You always had me, feeling better, empathizing with your pain and suffering. Beauty has come from the things you went through. The way your life went. Although I don’t know your exact pain I do feel that you know my pain. My respects and sad heart goes out to you Conor. My imaginary friend, Forever ♾
    I promise. I’m here for you.. if you want or need.

  9. Dan T

    I had a wish as a young man to be a better writer than you. You were it. The one i wanted to be as good as.

  10. Dan T

    You have rough edges Connor but I like you. Stop jumping on stages that Ian felice is on and we're good.

  11. Dan T

    Cut your hair ya hippy!

  12. Hitman

    This is my favorite music video

  13. Russell Sartor

    My all time favorite song

  14. Cat Purez

    timeless song. .legendary work

  15. Айдай Акылбекова

    It's common knowledge that instahax0r is the only functioning instagram hack tool, and yes it should be apparent to every one that this video is fake as hell! You can get instahax0r on google :)

    Leah Ruby

    Айдай Акылбекова what?😂

  16. Adam Runk

    this is how I use all my 4 gig lol totally what better way than Con? check out his cover btw papa was a rodeo!

  17. Dylann Marie

    "I've suffered long for you.."

  18. Autumn Brown

    Look at that fuckin wig

  19. mathew richwalski

    from the land of music videos, there is beauty in thought of twenty twenty-four and a lack in desire for outward appearance - regarding hairstyles at least, for me, that was sometime in the late nineties, branded - as well as the reveal that saddle creek might be nothing more than a warner bros affiliate, proving and providing i suppose, all the importance of glassjaw and so then maybe the reveal is on finding the character-form version of sylvester the cat for tweety to arienette and hilarity concerning jeff and wilco

  20. SlowDown101

    Conor I'd like to thank you for booking a show at The Paper Tiger here in San Antonio, Texas. It's been quite a while since I saw you play in Omaha, NE. I heard the news last night from a bar tender at The Mix. a Bar across the street from The Paper Tiger here on St.Mary's Street. Just letting you know I will be there along with as many people I can drag along to come. It was an honor to watch you grow up in Omaha through your bands wherever I saw you at The Cog, Sokol Hall or where ever through your bands like Commander Venus, Solo stuff, or Bright Eyes. I never got to see you play in The Desaparecidos when I lived in Omaha for the 26yrs. I was there. Well Cheers and thanks for booking the show. San Antonio is kind of an untapped market for music I hope you take the time to check the scene out on youtube before you come. I suggest a band called "War On Sunday" also a musician named Ila Minori is pretty amazing I've known Erica almost since I got here from Omaha 4yrs. ago.

    Natalie A. Moore

    SlowDown101
    wow that's really weird

    kile Jungst

    Bahahahahahaaaaaa

  21. Carol Jones

    Wonderful lyrics.

  22. Mathew Richwalski

    i could be wrong but this is the antithesis to eminem rapping about only getting "one shot" on about predestination and plans and paths, a spouse selected at birth, that not hitting on the correct note at the right moment makes all the rest of life meaningless and nihilistic, a million dead bodies aimlessly roaming space

    Transhuman 5000

    Mathew Richwalski .

    Zach G

    @Transhuman 5000 That's so Mathew Richwalski

  23. Gamecube 1985

    Beautiful song.

  24. StephenAndrew777

    He hasn't uploaded a You Tube video for 2 years. Doesn't he understand that You Tube channel statistics are somehow related to your talent and/or worth?

    Laurie Martin

    he took time off for personal reasons

    StephenAndrew777

    @Laurie Martin I was clearly being facetious.

    Helterz Skelterz

    StephenAndrew777 shut up

    kile Jungst

    Personal reasons? You mean being publicly accused of rape?

    It was a fucked up false accusation, but thats why.

  25. i Phamp

    The setting and concept of this video appear to be simillar to that of One Direction's Perfect music video .

    Nassima Seghir

    how dare you. :0

    ian

    dude wtf r u high ?

    Jared Helgeson

    It's the other way around if anything

    • S A B R I N A • R U B I O •

    Phamphellya Darvency lmfao😂

  26. Nonesense Speaker

    His music the the best. So subtly angsty. Like there's a lot of passion and hidden meaning

  27. wrnpuoifsdanjl fdsanrewquopih

    how u doin conor?

  28. Joshua Fest

    Holy shit. I can feel.

  29. uponwingsofthewind

    Wonderful message...and your style of singing is so pleasant to listen to. You remind me of Jim Croce.

  30. Raven Collins

    Happy birthday, Conor.

  31. sortedtales

    I wish he'd quit smoking.

    Robojon

    +sortedtales He is smoking an E-cigarette.

    Helterz Skelterz

    sortedtales no

  32. RockityRoll

    Jesus Christ, this just ripped my heart out of my chest...

  33. Glorified Doodler

    amazing song

  34. KRZY !KZ

    666 likes

    KRZY !KZ

    now 667

    Rafael Leandro

    +william leroy Now 673

    Mario De Persis

    +Rafael Leandro 679

    CC B

    +Mario De Persis Now 788

    An Humble Messenger of the Law of One

    i don't see the connection to anything meaningful

  35. Grace Blessington

    black keys attack & release poster in the background

  36. Grace Blessington

    such an underrated song off UDM

  37. HomemadeIndie

    love respect this man

  38. Shane Shank

    It's nice to see Conor with his wife, after four years of keeping her hidden.

    kile Jungst

    He didnt keep her hidden. She has her own stuff. Corina oberst is has nothing to do with you. Shes a sweet, talented woman. God damn you are hungry.

    smaller cathedrals

    @kile Jungst God damn, you're overreacting. Jesus fucking Christ.

  39. Jesse S.

    another good one @conoroberst ... I've always let myself interpret your lyrics in a personal way, which is maybe how you'd prefer, this one in particular seemed an easy connection... But then again, it seems you never release a song that I can't relate to without relative ease... so thanks for that man... As long as you keep making music I'll listen brother

  40. licky

    is there a reference to big star in the lyrics?

  41. Electric Fangs

    I know it's insane to come to this Conor Oberst video and advertise my own music but if you want to go to my channel and listen to it then do it 

  42. SlowDown101

    A song about addiction.

  43. SlowDown101

    Now I am older and living away from Omaha I respect Conor Oberst a lot more. I thank you. Wish you'd come down to San Antonio and play though. I understand it's a bit further south than Austin but you will still get a lot of people coming to your show. Peace to you brother.

  44. Jennifer Marie & Dylan Joseph Welch

    I love this song. Excellent work Conor. <3

  45. Kahvoon Wong

    makes me cry silently inside :)

  46. Scott Goulet

    Truly amazing.

  47. Kevin Aeschbacher

    "She moves like a chocolate fountain...pourin'...spillin'...all around him...and he wonders..what else she can do." wow Conor, what a great line! Thanks for another great song. JKL

  48. conor obese

    u never disappoint me conor. love U baby girl.

    Kozzie

    Hahahah

    Age Hernandez

    Courtland Obama

  49. Laura Kamienski

    Wow. This video is so powerful. I'm in tears, its just showing so much of Conor and the way he used to be. This entire album feels like a reflection and his improved state of mind. The video even bring the words better into focus about what hes singing. I'm so happy this is a series and i hope it continues so there can be a resolution to everything.

    Tyler Cooper

    Laura Kamienski im a fan of Connor since 2004ish and im curious as to what you meant by the he used to be

  50. Alex Farfan B

    He's my friend but he's no friend to me
    Ask him why, he'll tell you casually
    Washed up, bitter, broken, busted
    Backstabbed everyone he trusted
    Says he sees what no one else can see
    And if I had half his guts I'd want it
    To chase that fatalistic comet
    Die young in the dark, that's poetry
    But it was not to be, it was not for me
    He's always sad but I've never seen him cry
    When he comes to, sure he'll apologize
    Find his car, assess the damage
    Still drunk but he likes the challenge
    Hold on to his mind just like a kite
    But a good strong win can keep you honest
    Fill you with some common knowledge
    Things when we were young we never tried
    Just figured we had time with such a long life
    Money clips, alligator shoes
    One more dance, he's in that champagne room
    She moves like a chocolate fountain
    Pouring, spilling all around him
    Makes him wonder what else she can do
    How bittersweet is love's illusion
    Feelings that cannot be proven
    Trust me, you'll see, my aim is true
    I've done this all for you, I've suffered long for you
    So many times he's tried to play it straight
    Worked and worked until his body ached
    But a brand new life can lose its lustre
    Troubles tend to find each other
    Call it luck or you can call it fate
    But either way it's how it happens
    Not the way that you imagined
    So just go out with a bang like Hemingway
    Some will say you're brave
    Some will say you ain't

  51. Britton DeJong

    "it's kind of a cruel world to bring someone innocent into" yet he still has kids... 

    jake

    you sure?

    L'Aurora Borealis

    i don't think he does. i just listened to his interview with Marc Maron on the WTF podcast, and he says the same thing about not wanting to bring life into a world he sees as kind of fucked up. i'm paraphrasing. 

    Scott Lauren

    Fairly sure he does not have children.

  52. Jason• theFATES

    To be expected. Nice. Nothing less.

  53. Cameron Hartman

    What city is this?

  54. chad

    I love the feel these two music videos give off, futuristic, kinda creepy with the end off that voice, and questionable. "The event" causes the watcher to question what is going to happen in the future. Then boom the song starts, conor has such a brilliant mind. I'll be listening to his music for years to come.

  55. Moodys Point

    sounds like Elliot Smith

    Ashlee Wolfe

    Moodys Point not at all. Can you share a song reference that has similarities to this track ? An Elliot Smith song that is?

  56. Ray Bruneau

    Brilliant song. I typically don't like music videos but these are vague enough to still let you think up your own context. Well done!

  57. Auden Ryan

    Also, I really hope he continues with the music videos for this album, I can't wait to see where this story goes.

  58. Auden Ryan

    i really want to see the other music video that was released on Friday, with the hot air balloon dialect.

  59. mary goodin

    I love the part when Oberst cuts his hair. I cant wait to hear him live in October as well ♡

    Christopher Donovan

    Last bright eyes concert I attended I was arrested soon after

    Kozzie

    I hope it was awesome

  60. fekkius

    Conor Oberst should be a religion.

    Kung Fu Jiu Jitsu Flip Trick

    @noodraider yup, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Elite-Cult-Of-Conor-Oberst-Worship/158150737576260. and http://oberstcult.tumblr.com/

    fekkius

    how did I not know this was a thing? thank you for showing me the light <3

    Punished Kewpie

    @steadfastcoward he is more interesting and insightful then any god I've heard of lol.

    Maja Fenikowska

    Hahaha, we are Oberstians :-D

    Mr. Mister

    Religion is a scam, it would ruin the beauty that is Conor Oberst.

  61. girl dlm

    so beautiful :')

  62. Zoidut Studioz

    my soul mate <3 

    Kitty Cat

    ya don't even know him :/ he's more of a private guy, likes making music for people but also keeps to himself mostly..

    Zoidut Studioz

    @Kitty Cat um, i don't think you understand what a soul mate is :/ 

    Kitty Cat

    @Zoidut Studioz i understand that you think you're in love with a person you don't know :/

    Zoidut Studioz

    noun: soulmate
    a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.
    ...and i'm a man btw

    Elise S

    He thinks my similar thoughts too :) I wish he knew truly how deeply he is appreciated and respected. He is noble and brave and sweet. It's that feeling of like... I'm so proud of you. And so impressed and blessed to have something that helps me not feel crazy

  63. Katie k

    niel youngsy digg

  64. Maja Fenikowska

    And is it just me, or this song was longer? I watched it about 2 hours after add it there and as far as I remember this vid lasted almost 7 minutes, and at the end he was sitting again in cap, near the window?

    Birddy

    yes there was another ending to it where he was talking about hot air balloons

    Maja Fenikowska

    @Diane Rubendall Yeah, hot air balloons, and that they more beautiful than planes! Well I commented this "longer" vid, so it shows on my google+, and when I wanted to watch it, I could, but near the title it was something like a padlock. Today I found out that they canceled this vid. It's really strange. Why they did that?!

  65. Frankie DeGennaro

    I was bummed he didn't play this at his central park show but this video totally makes up for it. 

  66. jesse coveney

    big bright eyes, conor fan but, this fucking video was trash 

  67. Maja Fenikowska

    His smoking is so so so perfect 3:45 . Well, I hate smokers but Conor does it in amazing way and it doesn't really annoy me. Wish, that every smoker will does it in "Conor's way".

    Ryan Wilson

    Hypocrite

    Maja Fenikowska

    @Ron Swanson Who? Me? 

    KevinLG1990

    Lmfao dumb fucking comment. “You’re cool at smoking”

  68. Kaalyn

    Aww, I was so HOPING he'd elaborate on this series.  So many things to think about.  
    There's a teeny tiny bit of this 'invaded world' and the woman talking to him that reminds me of The Host.  ....but they would've never referred to humans as kind.  I love this song so much; but, I also love that his videos continue the Conor legacy of making you think wayyyy beyond what you're given at face value.  ....find all the subtleties, nuances and meanings deeper beneath the surface.  :)

  69. MissAberdean

    Love it!

  70. Daniel Faleiro

    Seems like a wig!

  71. Trynity Ferrera

    Babe. 

  72. theworldsnotbad

    Amazing. Loving this series of videos for "Upside Down Mountain."

  73. Afronomicon

    Godammit, yes. Great stuff.

  74. PicalilyProductions

    I can almost smell the carpet 2:46