16. "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)"
Album: Digital Ash in a Digital Urn Year Recorded: 2004
The lyrics of "Take It Easy" bleed with insecurity as Oberst attempts to convince himself that he doesn't have feelings for his friend with whom he had sex with, though he eventually admits that he's "[lying] through his teeth." He's desperately ready to make as if it meant nothing, just like how it meant nothing to his love interest. He ensures that, like the woman suggests, "everything is as it's always been" and guarantees that there "will be no arguments" because they "will always agree," most likely because Oberst would cave in. Once again, it's the vulnerability that makes this one so relatable, and it's even more impressive that it's all done with a more upbeat, electronic styling of Digital Ash.