2. "Bowl Of Oranges"
Album: Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground Year Recorded: 2002
"Bowl of Oranges" is probably one of Bright Eyes' best known and most universally relatable songs. The advice he offers about crying to help yourself grow, and composing a poem to help compose your emotions are endearing bits of self-care that reflect Oberst's earnest nature. The slightly country-tinged rhythm of this song helps it bounce along even when it's describing something sad like the doctor who is sick and the possibility of long and black days. But the yearning strings that slowly repeat themselves paired with Oberst's lyrics about being there through the trials and tribulations help "Bowl Of Oranges" exude a comforting quality that makes it one of Bright Eyes' most enjoyable listens.