we switched to jay leno from da ali g show
to see some kids that we know do what they do on TV.
sometimes i wish i was there, but mostly i just don't care
i cry and laugh and forth and back, it's all good comedy

and there's no rhyme or reason for the changing of the seasons
sometimes the winter lasts for months sometimes it lasts for days
the world is an amazing place there's gaping holes in outer space
sunburned for the first time skin is peeling off my face

and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"
and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"

open up your eyes and see the beauty over there
open up our ears and be surprised by what you hear
'cause it's not just on the radio, it's not just on the video
it isn't all downloadable, there's music everywhere

and the fact that they divide us should be enough to unite us
we are the world so boys and girls let's all collaborate
'cause when we play together we won't notice the bad weather
like flashlight tag when it's real cold or kickball in the rain

and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"
and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"

get out there and be seen, you're lean and clean,
you're barely nineteen, you're a singing machine
get out there and be seen, you're lean and clean,
you're barely nineteen, you're a singing machine
get out there and be seen, you're lean and clean,
you're barely nineteen, you're a singing machine
get out there and be seen, you're lean and clean,
you're barely nineteen, you're a singing machine
get out there and be seen, you're lean and clean,
you're barely nineteen, you're a singing machine

it doesn't matter what you look like, doesn't matter what you sound like
doesn't matter if they like you, just remember to be kind
and tell someone you miss them, tell someone you need them
tell someone you wish you could be with them all the time

sounds silly but it's not a game, making music makes me sane
i sing away my pain and everything turns out okay
and i'm not talking fame and glory, 'cause that's a different story
this story is about how truth and love can save the day

and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"
and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"
and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"
and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
"they can't all be ballads julian"
"they can't all be ballads julian"


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  • +1
    Song MeaningI know this is impossible to verify, so please believe me, but I have actually asked Kimya Dawson face-to-face who this song was for and she said Julian Lennon. I'm a huge Strokes fan and, knowing their tour history, initially thought it was for Casablancas as well. I heard this song for the first time at a really small show of hers and talked to her about it afterwards and she said it was for Julian Lennon and his use of auto tone when he sings. It's supposed to be about his disconnection from the music in using voice enhancement (i.e. "singing machine").

    She's referring to stuff like this:
    youtube.com/…
    goltraon May 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentanybody notice what sounds like julian casablancas laughing at the end of the song? my guess is kimya wrote it for/about him. definitely one of my favourites.
    emlah1251on May 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti took the chorus to be a reference to julian lennon, not julian casablancas... maybe it is just me, or maybe i am just misinterpreting emlah1251's statement.
    Igbyon September 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentim pretty sure its about J.C, becasue of the laughing at the end and the "we switched to jay leno", however Igby your free to your own interpration of corse.
    she seems semi-bitter that the strokes have found fame, even though she knows she is happy and happy for them
    roomonfire07on September 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh, no, i definitely see the casablancas reference, i was just talking about the line 'and bruno said what anders said some producer said to young lennon
    "they can't all be ballads julian"' talking about julian lennon... (ie, someone said this to julian lennon, but now she is saying it to julian casablancas).

    so, just ignore my previous nonsense.
    sorry, i didn't mean to be confusing... going back and reading what i had written, i can't see how it wouldn't be confusing.
    Igbyon October 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentya and it was the strokes that gave her and the moldy peaches their career by taking them on tour with them.
    the moldy peaches is the band shes in
    BOREKon October 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah, surely also the fact that the very last "they can't all be ballads, julian" is done in an unmistakeable Beatles accent means it's definitely about/for Lennon.
    superfantastiqueon June 29, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSo beautiful.
    oh_doctor_doctoron July 20, 2006   Link

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