Four Winds Lyrics

Bright Eyes


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Oberst
album: No. 1 track in album Cassadaga
release date: 2007-4-9
popularity : 3 users have visited this page.
length: 4:17
guitar: Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst
banjo: Mike Mogis
mandolin: Mike Mogis
drums: Jason Boesel
violin: Anton Patzner
organ: Nate Walcott
bass guitar: Dan McCarthy
vocal: Conor Oberst, Maria Taylor, Andy LeMaster

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Your class, your caste, your country, sect, your name or your tribe
There's people always dying, trying to keep them alive
There are bodies decomposing in containers tonight
In an abandoned building where

A squatter's made a mural of a Mexican girl
With fifteen cans of spray paint in a chemical swirl
She's standing in the ashes at the end of the world
Four winds blowing through her hair

But when great Satan's gone, the whore of Babylon
She just can't sustain the pressure where it's placed
She caves

The Bible's blind, the Torah's deaf, the Qu'ran's mute
If you burn them all together, you get close to the truth still
They are pouring over Sanskrit on the ivy league moons
While shadows lengthen in the sun

Cast on a school of meditation built to soften the times
And hold us at the center while the spiral unwinds
It's knocking over fences, crossing property lines
Four winds, cry until it comes

And it's the sum of man
Slouching towards Bethlehem
A heart just can't contain all of that empty space
It breaks, it breaks, it breaks

Well, I went back to my rented Cadillac and company jet
Like a newly orphaned refugee, retracing my steps
All the way to Cassadaga to commune with the dead
They said, 'You'd better look alive.'

And I was off to old Dakota where a genocide sleeps
In the black hills, the bad lands, the calloused east
I buried my ballast, I made my peace
Heard four winds leveling the pines

But when great Satan's gone, the whore of Babylon
She just can't remain with all that outer space
She breaks, she breaks, she caves, she caves

Track Listing

  • 1 Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed)
  • 2 Four Winds
  • 3 If the Brakeman Turns My Way
  • 4 Hot Knives
  • 5 Make a Plan to Love Me
  • 6 Soul Singer in a Session Band
  • 7 Classic Cars
  • 8 Middleman
  • 9 Cleanse Song
  • 10 No One Would Riot for Less
  • 11 Coat Check Dream Song
  • 12 I Must Belong Somewhere
  • 13 Lime Tree