"I Can't Win" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
That was you upon the mountain
All alone and all surrounded
Walking on the ground you're breaking
Laughing at the life you're wasting
One, two, a jive won't do it
You do it on your left,
and you'll never get through it
Everything you'll have to see
Dinner isn't just one day

Good try, we don't like it
Good try, we won't take that shit
Oh, I can't win

Things in bars that people do
And no one wants to talk to you
Feeling can be quite a breeze
You told me that these girls were easy
Happy that you said you know me
Felt unlucky when you found me
Some of us come up empy handed
Yes, I'll take it

Wait now, by the sidewalk
Hold on, yes I'll be right back
Oh, I can't win

Yeah, I wait for something
Cool it, we won't take that shit
Good try, we don't like it
Oh, yes I'll be right back


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"I Can't Win" as written by Julian Casablancas

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    General Commentfirst of all, i love this song and it's very emotional and touching to me, so this definition is gonna be probably very personal and maybe you guys won't think of it the way i do.
    it's actually quite easy to understand.

    the song is about being stuck in on some kind of "painkiller" routine. it's gonna end somehow and, sooner or later, you'll feel the pain all over again.
    the song talks about a "lost" lifestyle, maybe some parties and drugs and drinks to forget about your problems but they're always gonna be there when the night ends, doesn't matter what you do: you can't win.

    julian means that, he tried so hard to do something right, to be someone good and ended up in nothing. so, he chooses to party and forget his problems and the fact that, when the "painkiller" efect ends, he won't be winning. we'll be just as miserable as he was before and he alredy fucked-up a lot to try again. and he knows it's not gonna work, though.

    this song is actually quite simmilar to "trying your luck" because both of them explain how julian feels wrong and fucked-up and he can't do anything to fix it. he feels like a LOSER.
    jota2311on October 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song.
    laextasison April 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with what other's said (except the record deal ones...The Strokes don't sing about things like that) and also that this is a awesome song.

    Best frickin solo ever.
    wasp2020on April 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my personal song. i claim it.
    jazzy88on May 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Opinioncome on,it,s not that bad a song "peace on earth, can it be, years from now. perhaps we,ll see.......... that,s real lyrics for ya
    healym1on September 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, relaxing and puts you in a great mood. i think it's about losing sometimes in life and not beating yourself for it
    happy nobodyon April 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah this song is about accepting losing and kind of embracing it, seeing the humor in it I guess. Well it seems like he's reveling in his failure (real or imagined) - "laughing at the life youre wasting". At the same time he obviously sees it as kind of haunting him.
    smokybearon April 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI see this as the ending to a story. The whole album has this "getting over you" feel to it, and this is the end. He's saying "I give up, I can't win." He finally decides it's time to move on and stop thinking about it.
    ThePythonon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dunno if it's just me, but i think this song is a perfect way to end a soph album.
    alisonlm7on January 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteverytime i listen to this song i believe it's talking about record company deals and all the problems bands could face at the beginning...
    Good try
    We don't like it"
    "Good try
    We won't take that shit."
    that's an old fat guy smoking a cigar telling the band 'your music's shit, you're losers' ...
    because it is hard to get into music business, but i don't know, it might be about something else, or maybe about it all 2gether.
    onlysleepingon January 18, 2005   Link

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