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"The Method Actor" is a song by The Avett Brothers that was first performed at the nTelos Pavilion in Portsmouth, VA on June 8, 2014.

Scott and Seth introduced the song as a work-in-progress with a tentative title of "The Method Actor". The song is performed with Seth on guitar and both brothers on lead vocals.

Video Edit

The Method Actor - The Avett Brothers - nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA 6.8

The Method Actor - The Avett Brothers - nTelos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA 6.8.14

Lyrics Edit

I am a star in a scene full of actors
With method, ability, bona fide clout
And I nailed all my cues, and I looked ten years younger
But my famous last scene was edited out

When I was a boy I ran through the wilderness
Dodging the photos and wooing the crowd
I'd carry a rifle and save drownin' puppies
And ride off with some lovely lady I found

And I am a star in a scene full of actors
With method, ability, bona fide clout
And I nailed all my cues, and I looked ten years younger
But my famous last scene was edited out

I stepped into frame at the edge of a river
A thousand feet deep and a mile across
I gave all I had and finally made it over
Found out when I got there the cameras were off

I am a star in a scene full of actors
With method, ability, bona fide clout
And I nailed all my cues, and I looked ten years younger
But my famous last scene was edited out

Take these bright white lights out of my vision
Tell the onlookers "put your cameras away"
No heavy gold trophies will be given
And there is no script for what I want to say

Now I am an old man longing for peace
A place to sit quiet where no one can tell
That I ever read one line on a stage
And the only role I play is myself

And I am a star in a scene full of actors
With method, ability, bona fide clout
And I nailed all my cues, and I looked ten years younger
But my famous last scene was edited out