A lot of people say that our title track is whack. Well I say shut your fucking mouth and shut your fucking ears.
— Conor Oberst (Live at the Royal Oak Music Theater - March 14, 2011)
I would say I’m a humanist. I like that. I mean, I don’t claim to know anything, but I’m curious about it all. I’m always fascinated when people really fervently believe, because I have such a hard time believing anything.
— Conor Oberst
We’re all a little broken. We’re all a little twisted. We’re all less than we could be or want to be.
— Conor Oberst from a 2005 interview in Filter.
Well, if you die… that’s a bummer…
— Conor Oberst (When asked “How drunk is too drunk?”)
I scream for the sunlight or car to take me anywhere,
just get me past this dead and eternal snow,
cause I swear that I’m dying,
slowly but its happening,
and if the perfect spring is waiting somewhere,
just take me there.
(Lie to me and say “It’s gonna be alright”)
— Conor Oberst (If Winter Ends)
This next song is about having sex in a car, which can be good or bad depending on the size of the car.
— Conor Oberst introducing Sausalito @ the Majestic Theatre (July 15th, 2009)
I have learned that nothing is as pressing as the one who’s pressing would like you to believe. I’m content to walk a little slower, because there’s nowhere that I really need to be.
— Conor Oberst (Difference In The Shades)
Please forgive what I have done. No you can’t stay mad at the setting sun because we all get tired, I mean eventually there’s nothing left to do but sleep
— Conor Oberst (No Lies, Just Love)