"One of Us Is Gonna Die Young" as written by Ola Salo, Martin Karl Axen Persson, Mikael Bjoern-ingel Jepsson, Lars Henrik Ljungberg and Sylvester David Olof Schlegel....
I want to hold you but you're out of reach
Somewhere searching for your inner peace
I'm just looking for a little squeeze
Face to face and cheek to cheek

It's in your blood but not in mine
What's in your blood is in my mind
Something's broken in the way we smile
It is within us all the time

You're well acquainted with the So- o- o-Ho
And all the "Ello" and "Ow are 'you?"
And we both have to get it on before the summer's gone

We gotta hurry with no worry to get done today
'Cause one of us is gonna die young
Let's put our money where our mouth is and get out today
'Cause one of us is gonna die young
Ooh, Ooh, One of us is gonna die young
Ooh, Ooh, One of us is gonna die young

And don't you take this the wrong way
I'm not looking for a way to replace what love can give
'Cause you can't do that!

I'm only saying that where I come from
People find it very fashionable
To burn like a flame
Never get tame
Grown-up and lame
Yeah! Yeah!

You're looking beat but you say: "no, oh, no, no"
"I'm all messed up and I'm ready to go!
We ain't gonna go it alone no more
So let's get on with the show…"

There's a lot to be said and to be done today
'Cause one of us is gonna die young
Before they put us in a coffin I've got things to say
One of us is gonna die young
One of us is gonna die young
Ooh, ooh, one of us is gonna die young
Ooh, ooh, one of us is gonna die young

There's a lot to be said and to be done today
'Cause one of us is gonna die young
We'll go shim-shim shammey
And get whimsy and get whammy
'Cause one of us is gonna die young
One of us is gonna die young
One of us is gonna die young


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"One of Us Is Gonna Die Young" as written by Ola Salo

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    General Commentsisinki, too me it sounds like HIV too.

    The "It's in your blood but it's not in mine, what's in your blood is in my mind", could easily be his way of saying that though this friend is infected with the virus it could have been him as well, and they are still the same anyway. Also the line "Let's get on with the show" could be a tribute to Freddie Mercury's "the Show must go on" and a reference to his death.

    No matter what it seems pretty clear that the one who's gonna die young isn't the singer but a the other one. I've never read the lyrics before now and I have also just listened half to it and always thought it was about "carpe diem" and "live fast, die young", but I don't think so anymore.
    christina201288on July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing, it always makes me feel great.

    As the lead singer put it when I saw them live, 'This song is about death. But it's also about living life to it's f*cking fullest!'

    My favourite part is where he goes 'And all the ”Ello” and the ”Ow are ’u?”' That's brilliant.
    humbugon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI saw them live too, they were soooo great! I've been hooked since. Shame i cant buy one of their albums at all in the uk shops.
    I love this song, its just saying get out there have fun, because you never know when it will all end.
    Anoeon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcarpe diem
    El_Fisheon August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, you´ll never know, when you´re gonna die, so you should do what you want and say what you want.
    The best part of the song is when Ola sings:

    "We´ll go shim-shim shammey and get whimsy and get whammy."
    It sounds so funny!
    psychocherryon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the ultimate summer song. I see rainbows each time my mp3 player is on shuffle and suddenly decides to play it. :-----D
    raiseyourvoiceon April 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas far as I know, it was written for a friend of them, who was infected by HIV ...
    sisinkion August 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe singer is feeling an urgency to live life to the fullest every day.
    His reason: statistically, of every group of 12 friends, one will 'die young'.
    He is encouraging his friends to stop worrying and start living.
    TheMonolithon October 19, 2009   Link

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