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    9. "Lua"

    Album: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Year Recorded: 2005

    Relationship-related insecurities are a common motif in Bright Eyes' music. As with most of the relationships that Oberst sings about, this one is troubled, clouded by drugs and baggage shared between two damaged individuals. It's a heartbreaking sincerity - "But me I'm not a gamble you can count on me to split" - that makes "Lua" so striking.

    What's shared between Oberst and his lady friend can only be tolerated in the moonlight, perhaps a metaphor for that hazy, intoxicated state. It's only then that all their troubles are lifted and simplified. Coupled by the soothing lull of the soft guitar, you almost feel as light as the couple, but the overall effect creates an artificial feel, a reflection of Oberst and his girl's relationship.