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/ Bright Eyes / Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002) / Bowl of Oranges guitar tab

Bowl of Oranges by Bright Eyes
Tabbed by Matt Larner (

Piano part for guitar at bottom.


      C                                G                               F
The rain, it started tapping on the window near my bed. There was a loophole in my dreaming,
     G                       Am                               F
so I got out of it. And to my surprise my eyes were wide and already open.
           D                                      G
Just my nightstand and my dresser where those nightmares had just been.

continue with Verse chords until
So I dressed myself and left then, out into the gray streets.
But everything seemed different and completely new to me.
The sky, the trees, houses, buildings, even my own body.
And each person I encountered, I couldn't wait to meet.

I came up a doctor who appeared in quite poor health.
I said  there is nothing I can do for you
 you can't do for yourself."
He said "Oh yes you can. Just hold my hand. I think that would help."
So I sat with him a while and then I asked him how he felt.

Part 2
              F          Am           F       Am
He said, "I think I'm cured. No, in fact, I'm sure.
       F       Am        G
Thank you Stranger, for your therapeutic smile."

Play the verse chords 1x for the vocal break.

Play verse chords
So that is how I learned the lesson that everyone is alone.
And your eyes must do some raining if you are ever going to grow.
But when crying don't help and you can't compose yourself.
It is best to compose a poem, an honest verse longing or simple song of hope.

That is why I'm singing...
Baby don't worry cause now I got your back. And every time you feel like crying,
I'm gonna try and make you laugh. And if I can't, if it just hurts too bad,
then we will wait for it to pass and I will keep you company
through those days so long and black.

And we'll just keep working on the problem we know we'll never solve of Love's uneven remainder.
Our lives are fractions of a whole
But if the world could remain in a frame like a painting on a wall.
Then I think we would see the beauty.
Then we would stand staring in awe at

part 2 again
our still lives posed like a bowl of oranges,
like a story told by the fault lines and the soil.   play G twice as long this time

outro is the verse chords

this is roughly the piano part for the verse.


there are some other notes too but they are mostly just the same chords played on the piano

The piano part after the first chorus is a little different.  it goes something like this.



Pretty simple song... yet awesome because Conor Oberst is a genius.

Bright Eyes albums
2005 I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2005 Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
2002 Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
2000 A Collection of Songs: Recorded 1995-1997
2000 Fevers & Mirrors
1998 Letting Off the Happiness
Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground tabs
01Big Picture tabbass tab
02Method Acting tabbass tab
03False Advertising tabbass tab
05Lover I Don't Have to Love tabbass tab
06Bowl of Oranges tabbass tab
07Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come tabbass tab
08Nothing Gets Crossed Out tabbass tab
09Make War tabbass tab
10Waste of Paint tabbass tab
11From a Balance Beam tabbass tab
12Laura Laurent tabbass tab