POST #20: Top 5 Songs of the Half-Decade – Number Four

Hey new readers (who might only be figments of my imagination)! Interested in those other songs per decade lists I mentioned last time? Click on the list tag to see them and other lists.


4. “Lover I Don’t Have To Love” by Bright Eyes from Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
Sometimes I think I only listen to Bright Eyes’ music because of this song. I do like other songs from Conor Oberst, but for the most part, I find him to be pretty tiresome, too busy with his self-involved pretension to truly achieve greatness. Well, almost, cause he certainly achieved greatness with this track. A haunting, confessional track about the attempt to lose oneself in someone anonymous, the track highlights the lyricism that those who love Oberst fawn over, without completely falling into itself like many of his self-indulgent tracks. The rising violins and organ build to crescendo, completely encapsulating the listener in this tale of gloom. If only all his songs could be this majestic.

Sample lyric: “You didn’t care to know/
Who else may have been you before”

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