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No One Changes / The Rockaways

by Conor Oberst

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No One Changes Mind is blown but her body’s still in shock  Can’t see nothing as she’s staring at the kitchen clock  Feels so bland in the eye of the storm it's a bedroom day  We should switch we should pass ourselves around  Meet me at the corner tear your dream home down  It’s a goddamn shit-show out here now  Something to tell you bout that someone told me bout  I know I’m weak and this weekend you’ll find out  Yes I sleep at that fucking whore’s house now  But it’s cinematic, cinematic fades to black  Everyday is a rodeo, man  No one’s gonna change  Nobody ever does  No one’s gonna change  Nobody's changing for you  No one’s gonna change  Nobody ever does  And I’m never gonna do what you want me to  Sitting here speaking Greek to a college blog  Every sentence is the same it's just talk, talk, talk  I’m one, I admit it, of a million  Who has it out for these soapbox idiots  The click clack of your high heels you’re away  Downstairs on a tic-tac stripper’s break  Every dancer trying to sync to the beat  Every motherfucker in this place tells me the same shit  This whole world’s got to buy you a drink, man  Got to take you to the edge and watch you throw it up  Every morning I could give a damn what you did last night  Just tell me how far to kick this can  No one’s gonna change  Nobody ever does  No one’s gonna change  No one is changing for you  No one’s gonna change  Nobody ever does  And I’m never gonna do what you want me to  I don’t wanna to feel so jaded  Getting on a plane to work things out  When I’m alone you’re all I think about  But I’m never alone very long  They say you got to love yourself first that’s a trip  I’ve been hating myself since I was little kid  I know it's sad that the game’s rained out and all the bleachers emptied out  and the turnstiles spin  All the good ones in the world they keep dropping dead  Everybody’s got a bullet flying at their head  I’ve seen it coming man, I’ve seen it coming  I’ve seen it coming  No one’s gonna change  Hey and that’s the truth  No one’s gonna change  Oh baby not for you  No one’s gonna change  Hey and that’s the truth  And I’m never gonna do what you want me to
The Rockaways Scared of everything  Everything’s on blast  Never travel light  I carry the past  In an armored car  That’s my skeleton  Worship one idea  Like a super fan  In a gallery  With a slanted view  There’s a book signing  Dystopian haikus  As they’re read out loud  Under Edison lights  Makes me scratch my head  And think of simpler times  Borrowed a car for the day  We drove it out to The Rockaways  And you went swimming  I watched you swimming  I’m made of money now  But there’s nothing I want  Except expensive wine  To watch the rocket launch  We’ll climb up on the roof  And sit in plastic chairs  Watch it accelerate  Until it disappears  Just like your goodbye voice  Trailing off down the hall  I love you baby I’ll  Be back in one hour  You’ll try and smile then  Sometimes it doesn’t stick  I’ll help you tune it out  I’ll help you reminisce  Borrowed a car for the day  Filled it up with some friends I’d made  And they went dancing  I watched them dancing  Don’t feel badly  I’m barely angry  It's not too much to contain  Always knew that  It'd probably happen  We’d put these memories to shame  Borrowed a car for the day  Gassed it up for our get-a-way  Said you’d be waiting  I left you waiting


"No One Changes"
Conor Oberst- piano and vocal

"The Rockaways"
Conor Oberst- guitar and vocal
Nathaniel Walcott- keyboard


released November 7, 2018

Produced by Bryce Gonzales and Conor Oberst
Engineered by Bryce Gonzales
All songs by Conor Oberst (Bedrooms; Bedrooms and Spiders, BMI)
Mastered by Warren Sokol at United Recording Studio
Paintings by Jerry Kinney
Layout by Autumn Seguin


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Conor Oberst is a songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska.

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