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You could call this a continuation of my ‘Sad Playlists’ article I posted a few weeks ago. Bright Eyes is one of my favourite artists, and their songs really gets you in the feels. There are a range of mellow tracks from the soothing melancholy to the borderline crazy, but if you don’t really understand the artist you’ll never understand their music. They are great to listen to if you’re generally feeling low, or if you want to just get drunk by yourself and hate on the world in peace. Bright Eyes’s music is quite particular, and some of their lyrics are so profound. Below are some of Bright Eyes’s most beautiful songs, and their most moving lyrics:

The First day of my Life

But I’d rather be working for a paycheck
Than waiting to win the lottery
Besides maybe this time is different
I mean I really think you like me

Easily one of my favourite songs. I would call this a short film rather than a music video and it’s one piece which has managed to move me to tears each time. It’s just so beautiful. Go and watch it right now!

Lua

what is simple in the moonlight by the morning never is

Such a matter-of-fact yet moving song which simplifies it all.

Smoke Without Fire

And dream of smoke without fire.
Just come see me again when it burns.

The poetry, rusty voice and swaying melody together is simply stunning. Don’t think I could get tired of this.

It’s Cool We can Still be Friends

So I’m pouring some whiskey, I’m gonna get drunk
Yeah, I’m pouring myself some whiskey, I’m going to get really fucking drunk
I’m pouring some whiskey right now, I’m going to get so, so drunk
That I pass out, forget your face, by the time I wake up

You follow a painful story which is masked by a simple four chord tune. It will without a doubt sound like a shrieking cat to some, but his shaky voice sounds so endearing and real. The melody is dissonant and the lyrics are haunting, and whether you’ve been in a similar situation before, you will feel like you have after listening to this. The imperfections – as cliché as it sounds – simply perfect it.

If you’re concerned at all about the poor old singer, there are plenty more songs by Bright Eyes which aren’t quite as harrowing as the above, and those I also enjoy listening to. I felt especially strongly about the mentioned tracks, and when you feel strongly about something, you want to share it with someone. So I shared it with you. Big old huge internet full of unknown faces lurking amongst the world wide web. There you have it.

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