My favorite lines from Okkervil River
. Will Sheff is a lyrical genius.Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You SeeRed
She said, "I know that it's easy to have me.
But I have seen some things
That I cannot even tell to my family pictures
And I'm full of fictions and fucking addictions
And I miss my mother" Lady Liberty
You can wash out your lying eyes in the bathroom down the hall.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
I guess I didn't know you at all.
And I can picture you the first time you decide to spend the night - you wonder if you should give me a call and ask me if it's all right. Yeah, it's all right, lady liberty. it's just too bad you couldntt do the same for me.Westfall
And when I killed her, it was so easy that I wanted to kill her again.
Now, with all these cameras focused on my face,
You'd think they could see it through my skin.
They're looking for evil, thinking they can trace it,
But evil don't look like anything. Happy Hearts
U-N-C-O-N-D-I-T-I-O-N-A-L L-O-V-E, why did you leave me?Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas
Home is where beds are made and butter is added to toast. On a cold afternoon you can float room to room like a ghost. And I know that it’s home because that’s where the stereo sings “I’ve got dreams to remember.” Down the River of Golden DreamsIt Ends With a Fall
Wish I could remember why it mattered to me. It doesn't matter to me. It doesn't matter to me anymore.. now that you're feeling fine.
And I can’t claim to know
what makes love die or grow,
but I can still take control
and so refuse to just go home,
back down the hall.War Criminal Rises and Speaks
His hands are shaking, but he’s not crying.
And he’s saying “How did I climb out of a life so boring into that moment?
Please stop ignoring the heart inside.
Our blood-spattered criminal
don’t worry, he won’t
rise up behind your eyes
and take wild control.
He’s not of this time,
he fell out of a hole.Blanket and Crib
Safe, safe - enjoy your time feeling so safe, and treasure that smile on your face, okay? Because time will see that it’s replaced in a while.
I could claim that it all would go great, but the reason I came is to say that it won’t. You should know that it won’tMaine Island Lovers
When I fell
on the concrete
it was lovely,
because you could see
what’s been running
so hot in me.Seas Too Far to Reach
The ladies in my dream are so obliging. They come on down to do the things I need.
And with your body next to me,
its sleepy sighing
sounds like waves upon a sea too far to reach.Black Sheep BoyFor Real
"Some nights I thirst for real blood,
for real knives, for real cries
And then the flash of steel from real guns
In real life
Really fills my mind
"There's nothing quite like the blinding light when that curtain's cast aside."Black
But I can still see where you loved yourself before he tore it all down.
April 12th, with nobody else around; you were outside the house
But if I could tear his throat, and spill his blood between my jaws, and erase his name out for good, don't you know that I would? Don't you realize that I wouldn’t pause, that I would cut him down with my claws if I could have somehow never let that happen?
Or I'd call, some black midnight,
Fuck up his new life where they don't know what he did,
Tell his brand-new wife and his second kid. A Stone
Hot breath, rough skin, warm laughs, and smiling. The loveliest words whispered and meant, you like all these things.
You're out singing songs,
and I'm down shouting names
at the flickerless screen,
going fucking insane.
Am I losing my cool,
overstating my case?
Well, baby what can I say?
And I think that I know
the bitter dismay
of a lover who brought fresh bouquets every day
when she turned him away
to remember some knave
who once gave just one rose, one day, years ago.All The Latest Toughs
Look, though, I don't know what notes you want to hear played, I can't think what lines you'd like me to sing or say, and I'm not sure what subjects you want mentioned. So pause and add your own intentions.Song Of Our So-Called Friend
loving is as loving does, and I'd say we should know, because we both have loved, have lost, and are alone.
Your face's falling tears, to me they're lovely and they're dear, though you don't love me and it's clear that I will never see you in my arms.
Although I put my lips to your face
trying to push his kiss out of its place
although my heart started to race
now it has slowed, I'll let it go.So Come Back, I Am Waiting
So come back and we'll take them all on.
So come back to your life on the lam.
So come back to your old black sheep man.
He says I am waiting on hoof and on hand. I am waiting, all hated and damned.
I am waiting - I snort and I stamp.
I am waiting, you know that I am, calmly waiting to make you my lambThe Stage NamesOur Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe
It's just a life story, so there's no climax.
No more new territory, so pull away the imax.
In the slot that you sliced through the scene there was no shyness.
In the plot that you passed through your teeth there was no pity.Unless It's Kicks
What breaks this heart the most is the ghost of some rock and roll fan
Exploding up from the stands With her heart opened up
And I want to tell her,
Your love isn't lost
And on a seven day high
That heavenly song
Punches right through my mind
And hums through my bloodA Hand to Take Hold of the Scene
I'm the band in a show 'bout a man holding hands with his wife
On a therapist's couch with his face to the ground after fucking around countless nights.
I'm a band in a show 'bout a boy being buried alive
From his head to his toes by a criminal but with a sensitive soul with a set of raccoon eyes
I'd like to bear witness to a light that is fine and is filling the cryingest eyes
Grace in each face that is making the wastedest, brokenest ones fairly fly
Love that is innocent, of that old cynical, covetous, cancerous vibe
And a beauty that annihilates all lifePlus Ones
51st way to leave your lover. Admittedly it doesn't seem to be as clean or gentle as all the others, Leaving it's scars.
And no one wants a tune about the 100th luftballoon that was seen shooting from the window of your room
To be a spot against the sky's colossal gloom and land deflated in some neighbor state that's strewn with 99 othersYou Can't Hold the Hand of a Rock n Roll Man
Marie's passed out in a chair
With her once fussed over hair
All mussed into an I've-just-been-fucked shape
And you look your age
Which is 37, by the way
And not 28
Fucking let them stare
Cause at this point, I don't careJohn Allyn Smith Sails
By the second verse, dear friends, my head will burst and my life will end, so I'd like to start this one off by saying "live! and love!"
From a bridge on Washington Avenue, the year of 1972
Broke my bones and skull and it was memorable
And I knew that my last lines were gone while stupidly I lingered on
Oh, but wise men know when it's time to go
And so I should, too
I'm full in my heart and my head and I wanna go home
With a book in each hand
In the way I had planned
I feel so broke up
I wanna go home The Stand InsLost Coastlines
And see how that light you love now just won't shine, there might just be another star, that's high and far in some other sky.Singer Songwriter
You come from wealth
Yeah, you got wealth
What a bitch, they didn't give you much elseStarry Stairs
They ask for blood
What do you think this woman's made of?
I stuck a small, thin pin in my thumb
They dreamt a low, long line to be crossed...
And I crossed it
Oh, what a hot half-life I half livedPop Lie
"All sweetly sung and succinctly stated."On Tour With Zykos
He gets close, but I choke
Take your shit, take your clothes
And get out of my home
I want you to love me
Or I want you long gone
I'm discussed with desire by the guys who conspire at the only decent bar in town
And they drink MGD's
And they wish they had me
Like I wish I had fire
What a sad way to be
What a girl who got tiredCalling and Not Calling My Ex
And it's a mixture of dumb jealousy and fear that I might feel, should she appear, just like it hasn't been three years.
I'll decide where the light's even and bright
Where my life's sweet as it's slightly, disappointedly, just gliding softly by
So go turn their heads, go knock them dead, go break their hearts. And I know you will Bruce Wayne Campbell
"Pull down the shades, let's kill the morning. Let's kill the morning, let it die."
Fuck long hours sick with singing. Sick with singing the same songs.
"Old times, hello, hey I've missed you. Old life, hey now let me in."OtherThe President's Dead
"If you don't live through a day for the littlest things,
And the littlest ways made you feel you were blessed
If you died right then, well you know you'd be missed,
But there's no better state to cease to exist
And you wouldn't feel sad, and you wouldn't resist
Cause you knew what you had, and were thankful for it"
"In your own little way, I'm a small quiet man
I've got no wars to win, I don't have a big plan
But I love my new place, and I love my old friends
And I scrimp and save, and one day I'll have kids."Love to a Monster
Yeah, so here I go, just exploding the hope we'll be speaking
some day, years from now, seeking friendship and understanding.
Yeah, I hope you get angry, and hurt, and have the hardest of landings.
And i hope your new man thinks of me when he sees what a number I did on you.
The same walk by the road and where the same muddy snow's finally leaving,
But i'll fight off the spring; I don't want lovely things,
I don't want the earth new.