Sunday, January 30, 2011

Deconstructing Conor's lyrics

music: Bright Eyes - Jejune Stars

(or trying to)

A few days ago, Saddle Creek offered another Bright Eyes mp3 as a free download, via Spinner.

Meanwhile, the album has leaked (thank you for the tip, MB). (To be honest, I don't feel that guilty about listening to the leaked version as I know that at some point I'll buy the record. on vinyl, hopefully.)

And now, the research on Conor's lyrics is in progress *grin*. When you're at my level of ignorance, you can learn quite a lot by dissecting Conor's lyrics. Take Haile Selassie: before listening to this song I had no idea who Haile Selassie was. And now that I know I'm def interested in learning more about the Rastafari culture.

Then: Jejune Stars. I looove this song. Not knowing what "jejune" means I've looked it up, but I'm still not sure what meaning Conor uses it with: lacking knowledge or experience, maybe? Anyways, you can come across some pretty weird stuff while trying to find the source of his lyrics - like this Jejune Institute. It's funny how the mission of this institute can sound both like a cult and like sth I might actually be interested in. Doesn't it resemble the Dharma Initiative from Lost? hehe Plus: there's already a Wordpress blog called Jejune Stars, and pretty much all the posts are titled after Bright Eyes lyrics. I find it quite comforting to know that there are ppl even more obsessed with Conor than me. Oh, and this blogger is interested in burlesque, and I wrote a text about burlesque just a couple of days ago, or so. How weird is that?! Obviously, a more rational person would tell me that the chances of that happening are quite high but, even so, please allow me to call it a coincidence.

Bright Eyes - Jejune Stars

Like Conor's already said it in interviews, The People's Key revolves mainly around sci-fi lit, space and all that. There was a time when I was interested in space and, later, in conspiracy theories (of any kind), but back then I didn't exactly have the necessary resources to learn more about that. And I guess this album is a good incentive for taking an interest in those things again. Plus, I really hope I'll manage to read some sci-fi lit this year (last year I abandoned a Philip K. Dick novel for a second time (T_T).

Well, there's a lot more to say about The People's Key, but for now this is enough. I'll probably post some more stuff about this album as my research advances *grin* (even at the risk of turning this blog into a Conor Oberst fan page).

P.S. My favorite source for lyrics is Song Meanings. Conor's songs always have many comments; just check out the speculations around the meaning of Shell Games. :)

Later edit (Jan. 31): You can now stream The People's Key at NPR Music till its release on Feb. 15.
I won't mince words: This is the best record Bright Eyes has ever made. In fact, it's the best record the band's frontman, Conor Oberst, has ever been a part of. Publicists like to say as much any time an artist releases a new album, but in this case, it's actually true. The People's Key is a career-defining work of art. (Robin Hilton)
Yep, yep! I totally agree :)

Update (Jan. 31): oh. my. gosh. How cool is this?!

'The People's Key' Full Album Stream

(Conor is there, too. yay!)


Kharma said...

Haha, hi.
Weird, me finding your blog, with the mention of my blog and whatnot! Just to add to the coincidences; my favourite site for lyrics happen to be SongMeanings as well!

plectrude said...


P.S. You know, after I wrote this I realized that when I post my pictures online I often name them after Bright Eyes / Conor Oberst lyrics, so I guess I'm just as obsessed as you (I hope you didn't mind me saying that :) and as any other fan.