The Big Picture (8:40)

Cover of Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground


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The picture is far too big to look at kid
Your eyes won't open wide enough
And you are constantly surrounded
By the swirling stream of what is and what was

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  • Blancandrin

    You were carved from bone but your heart is just sand

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LinusPojken

    Fantastic song! Very Dylan-esque!

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • gregcobra

    I felt asleep on this one !

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nikkicoyote

    let's be frank

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • magnoliamagmay

    i love how it cuts off

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • heyalicks

    So if it makes you happy, keep kneeling. But I'm standing up!

    29 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ZooeyLewis

    I love it mostly for the Jenny and Blake banter at the beginning.

    22 May 2011 Reply
  • farmgirlblues

    People don't like this song because -- GASP! -- not everyone likes the same stuff, regardless of how good YOU and like-minded folks think it is. Whatever truisms it may speak of and however it might move its fans (which I can be counted among, don't get me wrong) don't change the fact that it's not going to be a universally adored song.

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • scarlthuntrs

    i stare into clouds endlessly but the future still hasn't become clear...even as i forget and hope for that door to appear, my hope remains incomplete

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Antiquarium

    You added Bright Eyes - The Big Picture to your Loved Tracks. #3

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • therhapsody

    You added Bright Eyes - The Big Picture to your Loved Tracks. [2]

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • editwikipedia

    so i mean it's cool if you keep quiet but

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Antiquarium

    I don't understand the hatred either. I can't even grasp how it's possible to hate it.

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • allhuman

    I can't decide if I love this song or hate it.

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • accidentXprone

    don't understand the hate towards this song, it's brilliant in my opinion. outstanding lyrics.

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • mendmeuplover

    So you can try and live in darkness but you will never shake the light. It will greet you every morning and make you more aware with its absence at night, when you are wrapped up in your blankets baby, that comfortable cocoon. But I have seen the day of your awakening boy, and it's coming soon... You were carved from bone, but your heart it's just sand, and the wind is gonna to scatter it and cover everything with love... sand, and the wind is gonna to scatter it and cover everything with love. So if it makes you happy, then keep kneeling Mama, but I am standing up. Because this veil it has been lifted, yes. My eyes are wet with clarity... NOW, I'LL SEND YOU THIS MESSAGE IN CODE UNDER GROUD, over mountains, through forests, and deserts AND CITIES. ALL ACROSS THE ELECTRIC WIRE, it's a baited line. The hook is in deep boys, there is no more time. So you can struggle in the water and be too stubborn to die, or you could just let go and BE LIFTED TO THE SKY. ♥

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • electrifried

    The lyrics in this song speak so much about life in general - I never really got into this song until I actually listened to this one day and realized how true it is. It's epiphanous just listening to it and imagining a really long journey through the wilderness and the urban country

    18 May 2010 Reply
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    12 May 2010 Reply
  • LeLarsch

    One of the few Bright Eyes songs that really annoys me.

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • texascore1989

    this song makes me think of my freshman year of high school :)

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
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