That song was written at the height of an intense panic attack. I was in this sort of creepy German hotel room freaking out and I couldn’t get my heart to slow down, I couldn’t catch my breath. I calmed down by listing everything I could think of and its place in the world – not where I designed it to be, but where it is. ‘Why don’t you leave me here?’ is the idea that sometimes you have to sit still and be where you are regardless of any expectations or plans you might have made or things people want you to do for any reason. It’s about being content in your own skin.
— Conor Oberst on “I Must Belong Somewhere”