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Train Under Water

This song is by Bright Eyes and appears on the album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005) and on the album Motion Sickness: Live Recordings (2005).

You were born inside of a raindrop
And I watched you falling to your death
And the sun, well, she could not save you
She'd fallen down to, now the streets are wet

Body of water, toxic and timeless
Atlantic ocean, New York skyline
I always get lost when I leave the village
So I couldn't come meet you in Brooklyn last night

But I sing glory from my lowest
And I will say peace to the people I meet
While the world waits for an explosion
That instant of light that wipes the slate clean

So don't be fooled
No, don't get lied to
Love was always cruel

And don't act strange, don't be a stranger
It happened to me; now it's happening to you
But if you take that train under water
Then we could talk it through

Well, if I could tame all of my desires
Wait out the weather that howls in my brain
Because it seems that it's always changing
The wind's indecision, the sorrowful rain

Yeah, I was a postcard, I was a record
I was a camera until I went blind
And now I'm riding, all over this island
Looking for something to open my eyes

But I still sing glory from a high-rise
And I will say thanks if you're pouring my drinks
While the world waits for an explosion:
That moment in time when we'll be set free

So don't stay mad, just let some time pass
And in the morning you'll awake feeling new

And if I don't come back
I mean, if I get sidetracked
It's only 'cause I wanted to
I'm keeping up with the moon on an all-night avenue

You make me cry


Written by:


  • Matt Manginn - bass
  • Jason Boesel - drums
  • Conor Oberst, Jesse Harris - guitar
  • Jake Bellows - harmonica / harmonies
  • Mike Mogis - pedal steel
  • Nick White - rhodes

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