Oberst, Conor - Gossamer Thin Lyrics




Rings 'round his eyes
Tracks down his arm
His fans are confused and his friends are alarmed
His wife doesn't talk
Hates when he's gone
Counts every skirt in his new entourage

And they're all gossamer thin
Left of the dial, bohemians
And they dance, turnin' in style
Twirl 'round the room, curtsy and smile
And they sit at his feet, read poetry
Swoon with each word he speaks

She likes the new pope
She's not scared of hell
They meet once a week at a secret motel
She kisses his neck, she plays with his hair
Her screams sound like pleasure, her moans like despair

And they're spread gossamer thin
Pushed to the edge, frayed at the ends
And it's no business of mine
If they can love more than one at a time
But they're pushing their luck
Hard but they must
Risk it all for love

Now I walk around in some kind of altered state
The drink in my hand is starting to shake
I get used to it if it has to stay this way
A new bunch of flowers I'll have to arrange

I don't want to eat or get out of bed
I try to recall what the therapist said
Ego and Id, the Essential Self
You are who you are and you are someone else

But I'm worn gossamer thin
Like delicate arch, carved by the wind
There's a glass psyche at stake
Throw me a brick, see if it breaks
'Cause the mind and the brain aren't quite the same
But they both want out of this place





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  1. abstract Johnson

    Conor oberst is the best song writer I think has ever existed.he's a melody genius.he does character studies and writes songs about other ppl sometime through there perspective.his lyrics are golden..

  2. Wisconsin Bred

    Perfect

  3. mary mary

    i have never cried so much at a song

  4. Zaphod Beeblebrox

    "It's no business of mine, if they can love more than one at a time" The plight of men everywhere

  5. Championette

    Conor, you never disappoint... much love!! 💜

  6. Vincent H.

    Great lyrics as always. He was a
    prodigy I mean how young was he when those early Bright Eyes eps came out?

  7. Haley Justino

    This is such lyrical genius

  8. Sara King

    Catholics urke me... but they urked my great gma too, so much so a klan was formed... so it's a humble dislike....I suppose, filthy catlickers!!!!

  9. fxck you

    Beautiful 😍

  10. Phoenix Rising

    I miss the person that introduced me to his music..Such beautiful sadness to be left with.

  11. Michael -

    He is awesome! I just became aware of him on Charlie Rose.

  12. STARING INAWE

    Love you Lola.

  13. Evan Ford

    "There's a glass psyche at stake, throw me a brick see if it breaks, cause the mind and the brain aren't quite the same, but they both want out of this place."

    Championette

    Evan Ford
    Those lyrics resonate deeply with me too. 💜

    Zaphod Beeblebrox

    I always wonder if he's talking about wanting to be a different person or wishing he had "the nerve to quit" the odd job of life altogether.

  14. cea765

    These lyrics could stand alone as poetry.

    Championette

    cea765
    Definitely 💜

  15. Jheri Kost

    I hope he has someone to be close to.

    STARING INAWE

    Aquarians hate that, The fantasy in their heads is so beautiful that no mortal comes close.

  16. Daniel Woods

    Rings 'round his eyes
    Tracks down his arm
    His fans are confused and his friends are alarmed
    His wife doesn't talk
    Hates when he's gone
    Counts every skirt in his new entourage

    And they're all gossamer thin
    Left of the dial, bohemians
    And they dance tournament style
    Twirl 'round the room, curtsey and smile
    And they sit at his feet, read poetry
    Swoon with each word he speaks

    She likes the new pope
    She's not scared of hell
    They meet once a week at a secret motel
    She kisses his neck, she plays with his hair
    Her screams sound like pleasure, her moans like despair

    And they're spread gossamer thin
    Pushed to the edge, frayed at the ends
    And it's no business of mine
    They can love more than one at a time
    But they're pushing their luck
    Hard but they must
    Risk it all for love
    Now I walk around in some kind of altered state
    The drink in my hand is starting to shake
    I get used to it if it has to stay this way
    A new bunch of flowers I'll have to arrange

    I don't want to eat or get out of bed
    Try to recall what the therapist said
    Ego and Id, the Essential Self
    You are who you are and you are someone else

    But I'm worn gossamer thin
    Like Delicate Arch, carved by the wind
    There's a glass psyche at stake
    Throw me a brick, see if it breaks
    'Cause the mind and the brain aren't quite the same
    But they both want out of this place

    Jason King

    Jason king

  17. Evan Ford

    I always ponder arrows when Psyche is mentioned, idk I'm write in the head I accept that's left which is wrong with Euchre games and trump and such on a peyote trip in Moab. My bad.

  18. Nicole Mcintosh

    reminds me of Tim Freedman - love it

  19. 6 months ago

    IDK is Conor on H now??! he makes reference to it on this track and as a former Heroin addict and 2-15 birthday sharer I want to empathize with him

    Chris Santos

    It's just a song

  20. patcharisma

    Shut finally up, you stupid posh Idiot Oberst.
    We'd be grateful!
    Pat, Switzerland

  21. Youtubewithisaac

    I'll throw my two cents in. Bright Eyes got me through high school. This song and album are reminiscent of the stuff he wrote ten years ago that made me fall in love with him. Everything, from the songwriting to the harmonica is perfect. Thank you, Conor.

  22. Cuyahoga

    "I don't wanna eat or get out of bed. I try to recall what the therapist said." Oh how much I can relate to this.

  23. Sausage Finger

    what a lovely song, it's got me by the Bollocks.

  24. Treefrog Johnson

    Lyrically, Conor is the closest to Kurt Cobain we have gotten since Cobain himself. Adroit, smart, tongue-in-cheek, dark, painful, glimmers of hope sprinkled here and there, raw, unapologetic.

    crowcadet

    Treefrog Johnson That gave me chills.

    6 months ago

    Treefrog Johnson I love Cobain and have attended 3 of their shows but Oberst has very little in common in my opinion.

    Calling All Sadies

    Treefrog Johnson Jesse Lacey of Brand New

    Danny Yarborough

    Check out Danny Fingers and the Thumbs

    Joey Ruiz

    I was just watching Nirvana Unplugged and I made the same connection. However, I am totally biased considering I am a huge Oberst fan. In my opinion as far as folk goes he is his generation’s Bob Dylan and this song is one of my strongest examples.

  25. Cris Triju

    Long time without listening to something so beautiful!

  26. Loki John

    this song is saving me today from doing something really bad..thanks conor

    Jon Saunders

    we love you

    Joe Lesjak

    Loki John day 3 for me....

  27. Benjamin Meakins

    Beautiful song - really feel like his lyrics are stronger in this album than previous solo efforts - can't wait to see him play it live :)

  28. anita barrera

    it's hard not to fall for him when he writes so beauitfully.

  29. TinyTitsFromYoutube

    Favorite song 20/10

  30. Mark Smith

    wow herd him on radio 1 god damm amazing album if you havnt herd ov him go check him out fantastic

  31. krisp214

    This one really got me

  32. Daniel Gray

    Conor should have won the Nobel. LoL, Sweden.

  33. Tyler Stoering

    wow. How the hell did he dial into that? Fantastic. The economy of language is nuts. He sketches out the whole scene and all these characters in so few lines. He's got all the super cutting punchlines and asides. Very very good.

    James Equestrian

    Tyler Stoering

  34. Дмитрий Дегтярёв

    The poetry of this sounds like C. Oberst wrote this after getting impressed by books about Russian Nobility like Anna Karenina by Tolstoy or anything by Tolstoy, or The Lady with the little dog by Chekhov, or Eugene Onegin by Pushkin, or Look at the harlequins by Nabokov

    Daniel Gray

    In one of the songs on this album he makes a reference to reading Russian authors. Great call.

    Nathan Jackson

    Bulgagov rather

  35. Chree and JoJo

    Beautiful Conor. Great job as always.

  36. Aidan bolduc

    Such a gorgeous song. His sound has matured so much.

  37. Kevin Ramirez

    I love the melody

  38. mfnjj2313

    Amazing track, and no I'm not referring to whoever's arm

  39. Sandra Schönmann

    ❤👌

  40. Moneybaby_65 Fly

    Conor best singer

  41. Ryan Smith

    No one can touch Conor's lyrics.

    CANMANSPAM

    three months ago...

    Kasey :0

    But...they can touch me T.T

    Alianger

    and if they could he would not consent anyway

    Danny Yarborough

    True. Father John Misty and Alex Ebert are great too though. Danny Fingers and the Thumbs are great.

    Justin Yoho

    @CANMANSPAM and if it was up to conor: leonard>conor

  42. RCScorch

    Best song on the album

    HERE COME THE DWONES

    IKRRRRR

    Danny Yarborough

    St. Dymphna kicks ass too

  43. Shane Reierson

    Wow! What tightly written song lyrics.