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    3. "Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh"

    Album: Fevers and Mirrors Year Recorded: 2000

    This song's first notes ring in with the refrain of a phone off the hook beeping in the background, bringing the helplessness of when an ex finds someone new. This very real sound helps flesh out the song into a full-fledged memory—it feels like the listener is really undergoing the kind of sadness that makes one drop the phone and numbly try to digest the abandonment. One of the best things about Conor Oberst's songwriting is the way he incorporates the song title into the meaning of the song in intricate ways—this one is no different as the name echoes through the chorus as both a lament and a wordplay on the lost lover's lies. The powerful imagery Oberst uses to compare this feeling to a funeral is the final nail in the coffin of the song, it's a real heart-breaker.