One of the big themes of the Digital Ash record is the fear of death and how it infects every part of my life. It’s not even so much fear, as it is sorrow that you have to say goodbye to this stuff. I think that you can use that knowledge to defeat yourself or to push yourself forward and keep yourself going. The fact that there is—and here’s M. Ward again on his new album, “What are you gonna do? Where you gonna go when you don’t got space to fill? What are you gonna do with your time, now that you don’t got time to kill?” That’s it. You better fucking make a move while you got a chance. Because it’s not going to wait around for you to get comfortable with the idea of your mortality. You better just bust out the machete and start chopping through this shit and heading in some direction.
FILTER magazine interview, 2004
- FILTER: Your songs can be very isolated and very desolate and lonely. But then on the other hand—probably more so than any other artist—there’s this community around you.
- CONOR OBERST: They say, “You’re born alone and you die alone.” No matter what you’re doing or what you’re surrounded by—love, friends—you’re still living inside your own head. I think that’s where the isolation comes from. But to me, my salvation, the way I battle that feeling, my way of defeating that really overwhelming aloneness is by loving other people and being loved in return. And trying as best as I can to peel back the layers in hopes of being known to others. And peeling back their layers and knowing them. Through that you feel less alone.
- FILTER: Don’t you think you sort of seek out isolation? It seems like you’re actively seeking both at the same time: isolation and camaraderie.
- CONOR OBERST: I think that you need to engage both of those ideas as much as you can. On the one hand, you have to allow yourself enough time to really know yourself. But I mean…shit. I can’t…there are so many people in my life that if they for some reason decided to disown me, I would just crumble. Because I don’t really feel particularly strong on my own. I don’t feel capable of living in isolation. I don’t think I could. I mean, I’m fucking scared to be alone.
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
He’s stoned too
And yes, he’s gone blue
I can feel his dead brains in my bones
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