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Bright Eyes


Bright Eyes is an indie rock band consisting mainly of American singer, guitarist, and songwriter Conor Oberst. Bright Eyes also features multi-instrumentalist/producer Mike Mogis, keyboard player Nate Walcott and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from Omaha, Nebraska, United States' indie music scene. Having been deeply influenced early on by singer-songwriters David Dondero and Simon Joyner, Conor Oberst has been recording music since the age of 13. He released his first three albums at the ages of 13, 14, 15, respectively, all under the name "Conor Oberst" and released only on cassettes. He then moved onwards with a band called Commander Venus with whom he released two albums. After the break-up of this band in 1997, Conor's main focus became Bright Eyes, and in 1998 he released the first Bright Eyes album, A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997(a collection of 20 stockpiled songs) on the independent label Saddle Creek Records, which he had co-formed earlier in collaboration with fellow local Omaha musicians.

Saddle Creek also released Letting Off the Happiness in November 1998, a ten-track record that boasted a much more focused and clear sound than the previous album. According to the Saddle Creek press release, it features members of Lullaby for the Working Class, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Of Montreal. It was predominantly recorded in the Oberst family basement in Omaha on an analog eight track reel to reel; with some work also done at keyboardist Andy Lemaster's Athens, GA studio. Although almost all of the tracks feature a full band, June on the West Coast is performed with only acoustic guitar and vocals. Padraic My Prince gives a dramatic fictional account of the death of Oberst's imagined baby brother.

In 2000 Bright Eyes released Fevers and Mirrors, a demonstration of the immense improvement in production quality and musical vision of the band. New instruments such as flute, piano, and accordion were introduced into the song arrangements. After An Attempt to Tip the Scales, a mock radio interview takes place. The mock radio interview features Todd Fink of The Faint doing an impression of Conor Oberst while reading a script that Oberst wrote. The man interviewing is Matt Silcock, a former member of Lullaby for the Working Class. In this interview, the fake Oberst intentionally presents a strange, contradictory explanation of his attitude towards his music. The interview acknowledges criticisms of his lyrics as overblown and insincere, which had begun to appear as the popularity of the band increased, but responds by stating that the lyrics are meant for personal interpretation. In a 'real' interview with KittyMagik.com, Oberst stated about the mock one: "It was a way to make fun of ourselves because the record is such a downer. I mean, that's one part of who I am, but I also like laughing and fucking around."

2002 saw the release of Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, and since then Oberst has released an almost constant stream of new material on collaborative EPs, split singles, tribute albums, and charity records. He ventured into the studio with Nebraska folk-pop outfit Tilly And The Wall, co-producing their debut album Wild Like Children and released it on his newly established record label, Team Love.

January 2005 saw the release of two albums: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, which is a country-tinged mélange of Conor’s finest acoustic songs, featuring guest vocal appearances from Emmylou Harris and Jim James of My Morning Jacket; and Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, which is a more produced, electronic album featuring cameo appearances by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
One single from each album, Take It Easy (Love Nothing) from Digital Ash and Lua from I'm Wide Awake took the top two slots on Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, the first time for any artist since 1997.
As had become expected of Bright Eyes recordings, the albums feature an array of talented comrades including members of Rilo Kiley, Tilly And The Wall, Cursive, Now Its Overhead, The Good Life, Azure Ray, The Faint, The Bruces, Neva Dinova, The Postal Service and Audrye Sessions.

In October 2006, Bright Eyes released a compilation of rare tracks called Noise Floor: Rarities 1998-2005.

Bright Eyes released their sixth studio album called Cassadaga on April 9, 2007, preceded by an EP entitled Four Winds on March 6, 2007.
A further 25-30 tracks have been recorded in Portland, Oregon and New York City, with another session planned in Omaha, Nebraska. Some of these tracks had already been performed at live shows.

On February 15, 2011, the band released their seventh studio album, The People's Key.


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TRIVIA
A few of Oberst's songs find their roots in classic literature, such as Tereza and Tomas (a reference to Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and Neely O'Hara (Valley of the Dolls).

List of bands featuring Conor Oberst:
Bright Eyes (1995-present)
Commander Venus (1995-97)
The Magnetas (1996)
Park Ave. (1996-98)
Desaparecidos (2000-01)
Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band (2007-present)
Monsters Of Folk (2009-present)



Song lyric Lua LUA Bright Eyes
Song lyric Road to Joy ROAD TO JOY Bright Eyes
Song lyric Poison Oak POISON OAK Bright Eyes
Song lyric Another Travelin' Song ANOTHER TRAVELIN' SONG Bright Eyes
Song lyric Train Under Water TRAIN UNDER WATER Bright Eyes
Song lyric Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh HALIGH, HALIGH, A LIE, HALIGH Bright Eyes
Song lyric Something Vague SOMETHING VAGUE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Method Acting METHOD ACTING Bright Eyes
Song lyric Gold Mine Gutted GOLD MINE GUTTED Bright Eyes
Song lyric I Must Belong Somewhere I MUST BELONG SOMEWHERE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Sunrise, Sunset SUNRISE, SUNSET Bright Eyes
Song lyric Nothing Gets Crossed Out NOTHING GETS CROSSED OUT Bright Eyes
Song lyric False Advertising FALSE ADVERTISING Bright Eyes
Song lyric Make War MAKE WAR Bright Eyes
Song lyric Hit the Switch HIT THE SWITCH Bright Eyes
Song lyric Ship in a Bottle SHIP IN A BOTTLE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Time Code TIME CODE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Blue Christmas BLUE CHRISTMAS Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Perfect Sonnet A PERFECT SONNET Bright Eyes
Song lyric Light Pollution LIGHT POLLUTION Bright Eyes
Song lyric Arienette ARIENETTE Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Big Picture THE BIG PICTURE Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Celebration Upon Completion A CELEBRATION UPON COMPLETION Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Few Minutes On Friday A FEW MINUTES ON FRIDAY Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Line Allows Progress, A Circle Does Not A LINE ALLOWS PROGRESS, A CIRCLE DOES NOT Bright Eyes
Song lyric A New Arrangement A NEW ARRANGEMENT Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Poetic Retelling Of An Unfortunate Seductio A POETIC RETELLING OF AN UNFORTUNATE SEDUCTIO Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Scale, A Mirror, And Those Indifferent Cloc A SCALE, A MIRROR, AND THOSE INDIFFERENT CLOC Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Song To Pass The Time A SONG TO PASS THE TIME Bright Eyes
Song lyric A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklac A SPINDLE, A DARKNESS, A FEVER, AND A NECKLAC Bright Eyes
Song lyric Act Of Contrition ACT OF CONTRITION Bright Eyes
Song lyric All Of The Truth ALL OF THE TRUTH Bright Eyes
Song lyric Amy In The White Coat AMY IN THE WHITE COAT Bright Eyes
Song lyric An Attempt To Tip The Scale AN ATTEMPT TO TIP THE SCALE Bright Eyes
Song lyric An Attempt To Tip The Scales AN ATTEMPT TO TIP THE SCALES Bright Eyes
Song lyric Arc of Time ARC OF TIME Bright Eyes
Song lyric At The Bottom Of Everything AT THE BOTTOM OF EVERYTHING Bright Eyes
Song lyric At The Center Of The World AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD Bright Eyes
Song lyric Away In A Manger AWAY IN A MANGER Bright Eyes
Song lyric Bad Blood BAD BLOOD Bright Eyes
Song lyric Black Comedy BLACK COMEDY Bright Eyes
Song lyric Blue Angels Air Show BLUE ANGELS AIR SHOW Bright Eyes
Song lyric Bottom Of Everything (We Must Sing) BOTTOM OF EVERYTHING (WE MUST SING) Bright Eyes
Song lyric Bowl Of Oranges BOWL OF ORANGES Bright Eyes
Song lyric Carrot Diamond CARROT DIAMOND Bright Eyes
Song lyric Center Of The World CENTER OF THE WORLD Bright Eyes
Song lyric Contrast And Compare CONTRAST AND COMPARE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Devil In The Details DEVIL IN THE DETAILS Bright Eyes
Song lyric Devil Town DEVIL TOWN Bright Eyes
Song lyric Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come DON'T KNOW WHEN BUT A DAY IS GONNA COME Bright Eyes
Song lyric Down In A Rabbit Hole DOWN IN A RABBIT HOLE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Driving Fast Through A Big City At Night DRIVING FAST THROUGH A BIG CITY AT NIGHT Bright Eyes
Song lyric Drunk Kid Catholic DRUNK KID CATHOLIC Bright Eyes
Song lyric Easy(Lucky)(Free) EASY(LUCKY)(FREE) Bright Eyes
Song lyric Emily, Sing Something Sweet EMILY, SING SOMETHING SWEET Bright Eyes
Song lyric Entry Way Song ENTRY WAY SONG Bright Eyes
Song lyric Everything Must Belong Somewhere EVERYTHING MUST BELONG SOMEWHERE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Exaltation On A Cool Kitchen Floor EXALTATION ON A COOL KITCHEN FLOOR Bright Eyes
Song lyric Exaltation On A Cool, Kitchen Floor EXALTATION ON A COOL, KITCHEN FLOOR Bright Eyes
Song lyric Falling Out Of Love At This Volume FALLING OUT OF LOVE AT THIS VOLUME Bright Eyes
Song lyric February Fifteenth FEBRUARY FIFTEENTH Bright Eyes
Song lyric Febuary 15th FEBUARY 15TH Bright Eyes
Song lyric Feeling It FEELING IT Bright Eyes
Song lyric First Day Of My Life FIRST DAY OF MY LIFE Bright Eyes
Song lyric From A Balance Beam FROM A BALANCE BEAM Bright Eyes
Song lyric Go Find Yourself A Dry Place GO FIND YOURSELF A DRY PLACE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Going For The Gold GOING FOR THE GOLD Bright Eyes
Song lyric Happy Birthday To Me (Feb 15) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (FEB 15) Bright Eyes
Song lyric Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Bright Eyes
Song lyric How Many Lights Do You See HOW MANY LIGHTS DO YOU SEE Bright Eyes
Song lyric How Many Lights Do You See? HOW MANY LIGHTS DO YOU SEE? Bright Eyes
Song lyric Hungry For A Holiday HUNGRY FOR A HOLIDAY Bright Eyes
Song lyric I Believe In Symmetry I BELIEVE IN SYMMETRY Bright Eyes
Song lyric I Watched You Take Off I WATCHED YOU TAKE OFF Bright Eyes
Song lyric I Watched You Taking Off I WATCHED YOU TAKING OFF Bright Eyes
Song lyric I Will Be Grateful For This Day I WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR THIS DAY Bright Eyes
Song lyric I Will Be Grateful For This Day, I Will Be Gr I WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR THIS DAY, I WILL BE GR Bright Eyes
Song lyric I Won't Ever Be Happy Again I WON'T EVER BE HAPPY AGAIN Bright Eyes
Song lyric I'll Be Your Friend I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND Bright Eyes
Song lyric I'm Sorry for being Such a Crappy Friend I'M SORRY FOR BEING SUCH A CRAPPY FRIEND Bright Eyes
Song lyric I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (Road To Joy) I'M WIDE AWAKE, IT'S MORNING (ROAD TO JOY) Bright Eyes
Song lyric I've Been Eating (For You) I'VE BEEN EATING (FOR YOU) Bright Eyes
Song lyric If Winter Ends IF WINTER ENDS Bright Eyes
Song lyric It's Cool, We Can Still Be Friends IT'S COOL, WE CAN STILL BE FRIENDS Bright Eyes
Song lyric Jetsabel Removes The Undesireables JETSABEL REMOVES THE UNDESIREABLES Bright Eyes
Song lyric Joy Division JOY DIVISION Bright Eyes
Song lyric June On The West Coast JUNE ON THE WEST COAST Bright Eyes
Song lyric Kathy With A K KATHY WITH A K Bright Eyes
Song lyric Landlocked Blues LANDLOCKED BLUES Bright Eyes
Song lyric Laura Laurent LAURA LAURENT Bright Eyes
Song lyric Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love And To Be Loved) LET'S NOT SHIT OURSELVES (TO LOVE AND TO BE LOVED) Bright Eyes
Song lyric Let's Not Shit Ourselves (to Love And Be Love LET'S NOT SHIT OURSELVES (TO LOVE AND BE LOVE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Lila LILA Bright Eyes
Song lyric Loose Leaves LOOSE LEAVES Bright Eyes
Song lyric Lover I Don't Have To Love LOVER I DON'T HAVE TO LOVE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Messenger Bird's MESSENGER BIRD'S Bright Eyes
Song lyric Mirrors And Fevers MIRRORS AND FEVERS Bright Eyes
Song lyric Motion Sickness MOTION SICKNESS Bright Eyes
Song lyric N'en Parlons Plus N'EN PARLONS PLUS Bright Eyes
Song lyric Neely O' Hara NEELY O' HARA Bright Eyes
Song lyric No Lies, Just Love NO LIES, JUST LOVE Bright Eyes
Song lyric No Prayer NO PRAYER Bright Eyes
Song lyric North Of The City NORTH OF THE CITY Bright Eyes
Song lyric Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem OH LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM Bright Eyes
Song lyric Oh, You Are The Roots That Sleep Beneath My F OH, YOU ARE THE ROOTS THAT SLEEP BENEATH MY F Bright Eyes
Song lyric Old Soul Song (For The New World Order) OLD SOUL SONG (FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER) Bright Eyes
Song lyric On My Way To Work ON MY WAY TO WORK Bright Eyes
Song lyric One Foot In Front Of The Other ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER Bright Eyes
Song lyric One Straw (please) ONE STRAW (PLEASE) Bright Eyes
Song lyric Padraic My Prince PADRAIC MY PRINCE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Padriac My Prince PADRIAC MY PRINCE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Patient Hope In New Show PATIENT HOPE IN NEW SHOW Bright Eyes
Song lyric Patient Hope In New Snow PATIENT HOPE IN NEW SNOW Bright Eyes
Song lyric Patriot Hope In New Show PATRIOT HOPE IN NEW SHOW Bright Eyes
Song lyric Perfect Sonnet PERFECT SONNET Bright Eyes
Song lyric Pioneer's Park PIONEER'S PARK Bright Eyes
Song lyric Puella Quam Amo Est Pulchra PUELLA QUAM AMO EST PULCHRA Bright Eyes
Song lyric Pull My Hair PULL MY HAIR Bright Eyes
Song lyric Racing Towards The New RACING TOWARDS THE NEW Bright Eyes
Song lyric Saturday As Usual SATURDAY AS USUAL Bright Eyes
Song lyric Solid Jackson SOLID JACKSON Bright Eyes
Song lyric Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man SOON YOU WILL BE LEAVING YOUR MAN Bright Eyes
Song lyric Southern State SOUTHERN STATE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Spent On Rainy Days SPENT ON RAINY DAYS Bright Eyes
Song lyric Spring Cleaning SPRING CLEANING Bright Eyes
Song lyric Supriya SUPRIYA Bright Eyes
Song lyric Take It Easy (love Nothing) TAKE IT EASY (LOVE NOTHING) Bright Eyes
Song lyric Tereza And Thomas TEREZA AND THOMAS Bright Eyes
Song lyric The 'Feel Good' Revolution THE 'FEEL GOOD' REVOLUTION Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Awful Sweetness Of Escaping Sweat THE AWFUL SWEETNESS OF ESCAPING SWEAT Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Awful Sweetness Of Escaping Sweet THE AWFUL SWEETNESS OF ESCAPING SWEET Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Calendar Hung Itself THE CALENDAR HUNG ITSELF Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Calender Hung Itself THE CALENDER HUNG ITSELF Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Callendar Hung Itself THE CALLENDAR HUNG ITSELF Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Center Of The World THE CENTER OF THE WORLD Bright Eyes
Song lyric The City Has Sex THE CITY HAS SEX Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Difference In The Shades THE DIFFERENCE IN THE SHADES Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Feel Good Revolution THE FEEL GOOD REVOLUTION Bright Eyes
Song lyric The First Day Of My Life THE FIRST DAY OF MY LIFE Bright Eyes
Song lyric The First Noel THE FIRST NOEL Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Joy in Discovery THE JOY IN DISCOVERY Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Joy in Forgetting (The Joy in Acceptance) THE JOY IN FORGETTING (THE JOY IN ACCEPTANCE) Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Movement Of A Hand THE MOVEMENT OF A HAND Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Night Before Christmas THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Trees Get Wheeled Away THE TREES GET WHEELED AWAY Bright Eyes
Song lyric The Vanishing Act THE VANISHING ACT Bright Eyes
Song lyric Theme From Pinata THEME FROM PINATA Bright Eyes
Song lyric Touch TOUCH Bright Eyes
Song lyric True Blue TRUE BLUE Bright Eyes
Song lyric Untitled (Lovers Turn Into Monsters) UNTITLED (LOVERS TURN INTO MONSTERS) Bright Eyes
Song lyric Waste Of Paint WASTE OF PAINT Bright Eyes
Song lyric We Are Free Men WE ARE FREE MEN Bright Eyes
Song lyric We Are Nowhere And It's Now WE ARE NOWHERE AND IT'S NOW Bright Eyes
Song lyric When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under G WHEN THE CURIOUS GIRL REALIZES SHE IS UNDER G Bright Eyes
Song lyric When The Curious Girl Realizes She's Under Gl WHEN THE CURIOUS GIRL REALIZES SHE'S UNDER GL Bright Eyes
Song lyric When The President Talks To God WHEN THE PRESIDENT TALKS TO GOD Bright Eyes
Song lyric White Christmas WHITE CHRISTMAS Bright Eyes
Song lyric You Will. You? Will. YOU WILL. YOU? WILL. Bright Eyes