Road to Joy (Bright Eyes song)
|"Road to Joy"|
|Song by Bright Eyes from the album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning|
|Released||January 25, 2005|
|Label||Saddle Creek LBJ-68|
The song begins with a fingerpicking section combined with an interpolation of the melody of Beethoven's Ode to Joy. As the song progresses, it builds into a march, with the introduction of trumpets and horns. Near the end, everything fades out as Oberst delivers the final verse, and then all of the instruments come in at once in a loud frenzy, and continue for about 30–45 seconds before fading out and ending the album.
The song is a staple of Bright Eyes' live performances, and is often played as a concert finale. After performing the song on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Oberst and trumpeter Nate Walcott destroyed their instruments.