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You All Loved Him Once

This song is by Conor Oberst and appears on the album Ruminations (2016) and on the album Salutations (2017).

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You all loved him once
And not without cause
He fed you through the winter
He led you through the fog

You hid behind his body to be
Sheltered from the mob
You all loved him once
And not without cause

You all loved him once
When his glory was unmatched
Your signal when to celebrate
Was the bugle of his laugh

Oh, when it came time to stand with him
You scattered with the rats
You all loved him once
That time has passed

You all loved him once
When the future was opaque
His reassuring visions
Were the pillars of your faith

Through a thousand false horizons
He would always fly it straight
You all loved him once
That turned to hate

You all loved him once
An uncommon love at that
What you saw as a pedestal
Was his elevated path

So to satisfy the Philistines
You stabbed him in the back
You all loved him once
Imagine that

You all loved him once
Yes, you ate out of his hand
He mirrored your confusion
So that you might understand

Then your soul was an experiment
So he drew a diagram
You all loved him once
It ended bad

You all loved him once
And not without cause
He helped carry your baggage
When your strength was nearly gone

And the more and more was put on him
He tried his best to take it on
You all loved him once
Not without cause
You all loved him once
Now he is gone

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Written by:

Conor Oberst

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