"Countdown" as written by Beyonce Gisselle Knowles, Cainon Lamb, Julie Frost, Nathan B Morris, Wanya Jermaine Morris, Michael Bivens, Terius Nash, Shea Taylor and Esther Dean....
Oh I was seventeen,
When I heard the countdown start, it started slowly,
And I thought it was my heart but then I realised,
That this time it was for real there was no place to hide,
I had to go out and feel,
But there was time to kill,
And so I, I walked my way around town,
I tried to love the world,
Oh but the world just got me down,
And so I looked for you,
In every street of every town I wanted to see your face,
I want to, I want to see you now.
I want to see you now.
Oh and so it went,
Oh so it went for several years I couldn't stand it
No, oh it must be getting near now that,
You just don't know,
Oh no you, you just don't understand how many people have seen you,
In the arms of, of of some other man,
I've got to meet you, and find you,
And take you by the hand, oh my God,
My God, you've got to understand,
That I was seventeen.
I didn't, I didn't know a thing at all.
I've got no reason,
I've got no reason at all, Oh no.
The time, of my life,
Oh I think you came too soon,
Yeah you came too soon then,
Oh and it could, it could be tonight,
If I ever leave this room,
(I never leave this room no)
Oh I wasted all my time on all those stupid things that only get me down,
Get down, oh.
Oh and the sky,
Is crying out tonight,
For me to leave this town,
So I'm gonna leave this town.
Goodbye.
O.K.
Yeah you can leave me,
Oh you, you can go some other place,
You can't forget it.
Yeah, you know, you know that's O.K.
'cause, 'cause I own this town,
Yeah, I brought it to its knees,
Can you hear it crying?
Can you?
Can you hear it begging to me "Please?"
I know it's coming,
So soon now
Oh, oh it's on it's way.
Oh no, oh no, oh I can hear them say,
They say I can't survive,
They say I, I'll never leave the ground,
They say it's all a lie,
And now, and now it's coming down,
Oh baby now,
Time, of my life, oh I think you came too soon.
Yeah you came too soon now,
Oh and it could, oh it could be tonight,
If I ever leave this room,
(I never leave this room now)
Oh oh oh
I wasted all my time on all those stupid things that only get me down.
Get down, oh
Oh and the sky, is crying out tonight,
For me to leave this town,
So I'm gonna go, gonna be there,
I'm gonna go.
Bub-bye.
It's O.K,
You don't have to care.
Really.
Oh, oh really, I swear,
No, no you owe me nothing,
You owe nothing to me,
And if I messed it up baby,
Then, that's all up to me.
And if you go, then, then I won't follow, no, no
'cause so many times I've been,
I've been thinking maybe, oh maybe I should
No, I, I'm gonna stay
I, I'm gonna make my way
Oh, I'm gonna get on through babe
I'm gonna make it all some day
Oh, time, of my life,
No I think you came too soon,
You came too soon then.
Oh and it could, it could be tonight,
If I ever leave this room,
(I never, I never leave this room, no)
Oh oh oh
I wasted all my time on all those stupid things that only get me down
Get down, oh
And the sky, is crying out tonight,
For me to leave this town.
So I'll leave this town.
The sky, is crying out tonight,
For me to leave this town,
Yeah I'm gonna leave this town
Time
Is crying out tonight
For me to leave this town
So I'm gonna go yeah
I'm gonna go
Yeah
Bub-bye
I'm gonna leave this town
You're not gonna have me around
Oh
The sky and stars and God will never ever laugh
Me and stars and moon are falling down.


Lyrics submitted by Contristo

"Countdown" as written by Clinton Darryl Mansell

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Countdown song meanings
Add your thoughts

5 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, the song feels to me like a song about social anxiety/agoraphobia, but I know that's not really the case. It's most likely about missing opportunities and screwing things up so badly that you can't even begin to try to fix them.

    That's what I think, anyway.
    ManiacalLaughteron August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnothing at all.i can't understand a thing!
    fanoulaon June 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think talking about puberty and the beginning of love and futile life
    dramaqueen123on June 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song has a lot do with anxiety about becoming an adult, and the feeling when you realize that you don't suddenly grow up and know how do deal with everything once you reach whatever age is considered legal adulthood. I think it also deals with the pressure to succeed and to "make something" of your life and the pressure young adults feel to "be somebody".
    vlc3on March 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me it's well to understand, okay, also because I know a bit of Jarvis' biography. But mainly because I do arts myself. The "you" he is referring to is the "time of my life". It is about a feeling you have when you start doing something referred to arts. I know that very well, it is stirring inside and you know you need to do it and somehow, that you'll be able to do it, too. It is a feeling without proof that keeps you going on trying. But you also doubt it, and other people, too, and often they say, there are a lot of people who want to be pop stars or artists, don't do that. "They say I'll never fly". Maybe he refers to own doubts as well. Pulp needed a long time to get recognised and this song was written shortly before Jarvis left Sheffield and went to London and the band had been trying hard but reached a low point.
    Jarvis also says that he doesn't understand what this feeling is about for he has tried to see its face and to catch it, but it always seems to land "in the arms of other men", who seem to know and reach what they want early. So he doesn't know what this stirring feeling is and decides to leave the town and to move so maybe he'd find out then or not. "And if I messed it up baby,
    Then, that's all up to me." Something is there, inside, maybe the own creativity, the want to do something that he can't escape (this time it was for real there was no place to hide). I had this, too, I knew there is something I can do (and successfully messed up apprentenceships and jobs that weren't related to creativity), but I didn't know what and how, I found out late. I think for Jarvis, according to these lyrics, it was the same.
    In conclusion, you don't know if the thing you so much want to do and believe in is ever going to unreveal itself to you. And if so you don't know if it'll be that special and working out. You just have yourself to rely on and you have to believe in yourself. "I'm gonna make it all someday".
    I love these lyrics.
    Klappstulleon September 05, 2016   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain