You Only Live Once Lyrics - The Strokes



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Ooooooooh Ooooh Ooooh
Some people think they're always right
Others are quiet and uptight
Others they seem so very nice, nice, nice, nice, nice, nice...(oh-ho)
Inside they might feel sad and wrong (oh no)

Twenty-nine different attributes
Only seven that you like (uh oh)
Twenty ways to see the world (oh-ho)
Twenty ways to start a fight (oh-ho)

Oh don't, don't, don't get out
Sh-sh-sh-sh-I can't see the sunshine
I'll be waiting for you, baby
Cause I'm through
Sit me down
Shut me up
I'll calm down
And I'll get along with you
ooooooo-ooooooo-oooooh

Oh, men don't notice what they got
Oh, women think of that a lot...
A thousand ways to please your man (oh-ho)
Not even one requires a plan (I know)

And countless odd religions, too
It doesn't matter which you choose (oh no)
One stubborn way to turn your back (oh-ho)
This I've tried and now refuse (oh-ho)

Oh don't, don't, don't get out
Sh-sh-sh-sh-I can't see the sunshine
Oh, I'll be waiting for you, baby
Cause I'm through
Sit me down
Shut me up
I'll calm down
And I'll get along with you
Alright

Shut me up
Shut me up
And I'll get along with you





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Take it all in | Reviewer: Antonio Alexander Montes JR. | 10/22/13

As i listened to this song 5 minutes ago I decided to listen closely to the first couple words that came out.The message that came to my mind was ,In humanity there are many ways in which we can bring out a positive gesture and many of us humans choose to pick a handful of all the attributes there are because we choose what we feel is pure from within our soul.When your out walking around on this planet at least take in consideration when someone is attributing .When I hear this song the message that comes to mind is not to close anyone from any religion ,there are great lessons in each and people are cool too .

WTF haters | Reviewer: Steven | 9/12/11

I love this song... Does it sound like "shotgun city" when he says "I can't see the sunshine".... Now 4real.. THERES ONLY 1 line about religion... Why oh WHY does everyone have to fight about 1!! Line!!!
4real ppl... Shut up

Greats Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/13/11

I think this songs meaning is as simple as the title. Basically about living life up to its fullest. And as others have said, due to Julian's dislike towards religion, as well as my personal belief, there is nothing after death - so essentially just enjoy life while its here because you won't be alive forever.

Really People? | Reviewer: Caroline | 6/21/11

I'm pretty sure that this is about letting down your pride and your attacks and just love your woman or man. There are millions of things to contemplate about how to make your way in the world and the simple answer to being happy is to simply, be happy.

you only live once | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/8/11

He's saying that it doesn't matter what religion you are, we don't need to judge people on their religious beliefs. We can all live as one no matter what religious beliefs we have... You believe what you want to and I'll believe what I want to and it's all good.

Musical geniuses | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/2/11

Julian is very pure and I love the Strokes' music. Many people only bicker about how handsome Julian is and so on, but please... Appreciate his musical genius more. He could be the ugliest man on the planet and I would love his music more than any other. (not saying he is ugly... All of the men in the Strokes are very handsome ;))

:) | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/14/10

I think there arent many things to analize since in one interview Julian said that he made songs for fun and they didn't touch him personality so i think this song talks just to enjoy this life because is one and there isn't afterlife.

Ridiculous | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/23/10

Shut up and just enjoy the damn song. He (Julian) didn`t write the song for anyone to over interpret. The lyrics are one thing for me but may mean an entirely different thing to someone else. Relax. People are too over analytical.

shut up and read... | Reviewer: jesus | 3/23/10

that part everyone is arguing about
is about how there are countless odd religions NONE of which make any more sense than another and it doesnt matter which one you choose your just stubbornly turning your back to the world. the singer has tried religion and now he refuses to be a part of it.
-it was in a interview so shut up jesus freaks

Choices | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/24/10

I think its about how we see the world, its about our choices in reflectly reacting to things in life. Things are never the way you always want it to be, but its your choice about how to react on it in a good way or bad way. Whatever............
This song is greaaaaaaaat. I just LOVE it!

Oh, hey. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/15/10

GOD WILL MAKE YOU ALL PAY(maybe....?) who are we to say that. i hate religion, waist of time. and im sorry i dont believe in a giant bearded man that no one can see creating everything. no thanks....love this tune tho <3

Just listen | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/8/09

This song is about living life the way that you want to live it. If other people want to live it differently then that's fine. Life is about pleaseing yourself and other's, because you only live once.

you only live once | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/7/09

for all those who have criticized the opinions of others of this son and what they think about it you are doing completely the opposite of what the song says. they have all the right to put their insights of the song and religion, its up to you if you want to read it or not.

I actually think it is a great song and as many others have stated is a song of enjoying life to the fullest and that one by being open minded (cultures, thoughts, religions, etc) receives more knowledge and makes it easier to live it to the fullest as one in a sense finds their self, their personality.
(This is just my opinions, you might have a completely another one)

over analysing | Reviewer: strokes | 8/12/09

why is everyones answer to each song by the strokes, "it's linked to him being an alcoholic" its one of their most happy songs! i know it makes me feel instantly happy each time i hear it. Don't drag it down with complicated matters..
"sit me down, shut me up, i'll calm down and i'll get along with you"

you only live once | Reviewer: anonymous | 6/10/09

i think it means you only live once we all think different ways you could choose one or the other but he points out different aspects of life different personalities nothing with religion that is hes opinion we should all respect it


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