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The Big Picture Lyrics

from Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground

"The Big Picture" is track #4 on the album Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground. It was written by Conor Oberst.
"The Big Picture" is track #4 on the album Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground. It was written by Conor Oberst.

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The picture is far too big to look at kid
Your eyes won't open wide enough
And you are constantly surrounded
By the swirling stream of what is and what was

Well, we all made our predictions
But the truth still isn't out
But if you wanna see the future
Go stare into a cloud

And keep trying to find your way out
Of that maze of memories
It all sort of looks familiar
Until you get up close and then it's different clearly

But each time you turn a corner
You are, you are right back where you were
And your only hope is that forgetting
Might make a door appear

Well, is it your fear of being buried
That makes you so afraid to speak?
An avalanche of opinions
Like the one that fell, that I am now underneath

It was my voice that moved the first rock
And I would do it all over again
So, I mean it's cool if you keep quiet
But I like singing, yeah

So I'll be holding my note and stomping
And strumming and feeling so very lucky
There is nothing I know except this lifetime
Is one moment and wishing will just leave me empty

So you can try and live in darkness
But you will never shake the light
It will greet you every morning
And it'll make you more aware with its absence at night

When you are wrapped up in your blankets, baby
That comfortable cocoon
But I have seen the day of your awakening, boy
And it's coming soon

So go ahead and lose yourself in liquor
And you can praise the clouded mind
But it isn't what you are thinking, no
It's the course of history, your position in line

You are just a piece of the puzzle
So I think you better find your place
And don't go blamin' your knowledge
On some fruit you ate

'Cause there's been a great deal of discussion
Yes, about the properties of man
Animal or angel? You were carved from bone
But your heart it's just sand

And the wind is going to scatter it
And cover everything with love
So if it makes you happy then
Keep kneeling, Mama, but I am standing up

Because this veil, it has been lifted, yes
My eyes are wet with clarity
I have been a witness to such wonders
Oh, I have searched for them all across this country

But I think I'll be returning now
To the town where I was born
And I understand you must keep movin' friend
But I am headed home

Yeah, I'm gonna follow the road
And let the scenery sweeping by easily enter my body
And I'll send you all this message in code
Underground, over mountains, through forests and deserts and cities

Ah, ah, ah, all across electric wires, and baited line, ya
The hook's in deep boys, there is no more time
So you can struggle in the water, be too stubborn to die
Or you could just let go and be lifted to the sky, ah, ah, ah

Conor Oberst

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