Bright Eyes: No Lies, Just Love Meaning
No Lies, Just Love Lyrics
that I bought those pills
I thought I would need
and I wrote a letter to my family
said it's not your fault
and you've been good to me
just lately I've been feeling
like I don't belong
like the ground...
anonymous Apr 7th 2019 report
It's pretty simple see he is depressed and about to commit suicide. In March of the year he was 17 he had decided to die. So he writes his last goodbye note or "letter" out for his family saying it was not their fault and they treated him good but like a setting sun he was leaving nonetheless and "you can't stay mad at a setting sun." He would kill himself by consuming the pills he thought he would need. Well the day he had prepared for came and since the sun had come out and winter was maybe coming to an end, he decided to wait and says decidely "so I gave myself a few more days." Now at this point he had been set but with a brighter day he was swaying between go or stay. At this point he has a conversation with "Justin" (which is his brother I believe) and at some point tells him his plan or at least 'Justin' has an idea and saddeningly says "Of course it's your decision but just so you know, if you decide to leave then soon I will follow." At which point it seems to sink in the heaviness of such an action and he turns his attention to his unborn nephew who is still very much innocent and clean. He warns the expected child that he hopes it isn't too warm in the womb where is he now, safe because the world is cold and cruel and will crush someone innocent and protected. He promises that when he does meet his nephew that he will be better. Be the best version of himself. Be "gold". He just wants to be a man that hopefully, will be one his nephew looks up to and loves.
- Justin Trout
This song has been with me since I too was 17 in March and so very alone. It wasn't until I heard this track that I knew what I was feeling wasn't something only I might deal with but rather it was something that could happen to anyone at any point in life and in any place. I got it off of Kazaa or one of those type things maybe a month or two prior to turning 17 in '04 and it was the rough demo version which I believe is the same as the album but maybe less production. From first listen it hit like a ton of bricks how raw and emotional Conor/Bright Eyes is and how much of himself he puts I to his art. I have only ever felt that with one other artists work and that is Elliott Smith. Anyways, this song is an all time favorite and means a lot to me. It was truly eerily how similar it was to my life.
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