"America" as written by and Paul Simon....
What a drag it is
The shape I'm in
Well I go out somewhere
Then I come home again

I light a cigarette
'Cause I can't get no sleep
There's nothing on the TV nothing on the radio
That means that much to me

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There's panic in America
There's trouble in America

Yesterday was easy
Happiness came and went
I got the movie script
But I don't know what it meant

I light a cigarette
'Cause I can't get no sleep
Theres nothing on the TV nothing on the radio
That means that much to me
Theres nothing on the TV nothing on the radio
That I can believe in

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There's panic in America
There's trouble in America
There's panic in America

Yesterday was easy
Yes I got the news
When you get it straight, but stand up you just can't lose
Give you my confidence, all my faith in life

Don't stand me up
Don't let me down
I need you tonight
To hold me, say you'll be here [Repeat: x3]
To hold

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There's panic in America
She's just in America

Tell me how does it feel [Repeat: x4]

(Thanks to Aaron for these lyrics)


Lyrics submitted by bing_redboy

"America" as written by Johnny Borrell, Andy Burrows

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    MemoryI don't really know what the song means, but it always reminds me of being in Iraq, in the boiling hot sand. I always reminisce when i hear it of that time, and also how i missed the girl i loved. So i think i found my meaning to it in the loneliness part from missing her. And also i guess she went on holiday to America when i was out there, so it all links up somehow. Don't particularly rate razorlight but thats an outstanding song. And when i can't sleep forsome reason it always pops into my head and i go out for a cigarette, like tonight in fact! I enjoyed reading everyone elses interpretations on the song, and others memories.
    commandomaxon May 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this actually, its very different to the last Razorlight stuff, I think anyway
    About the media? but im not really sure what else....
    bloc_party15on July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere seems to be a few themes. One of which has to be his feeling of isolation by American Culture. How his life seems boring when compared to coverage on America. For the last verse or so, it seems he is actuall singing 'to' America:

    Yesterday was easy
    Yes I got the news
    When you get it straight, but stand up you just can't lose
    Give you my confidence, all my faith in life

    Dont stand me up
    Don't let me down
    I need you tonight

    Non?
    Jaydon July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about beeing seperated from the one person you love and how your life is boring and somehow worthless and all you do is focus on her and how things are for her. and he is waiting and grasping for every little bit of news he gets from her. and he wants her to come back and stay with him. He is looking for something that could make him forget about loneliness and seperation but he can't find a thing that means as much to him so he could forget and he can't even sleep because of his longing for her.
    Alexiel_Lagunaon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI cannot believe just how bad this song is! Razorlight were stealing a living in the first place and now it's got even worse. I pity the poor fools who part with their hard-earned cash in order to listen to this crap.
    Ewan Hoozarmion October 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDitto. Razorlight are extremely overrated.
    Deathsdoor99on October 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if The Borrell's attempting use of 'America' in a sort of Simon & Garfunkel manner, aka. the ideal? He talks about restlessness and unhappiness and how it's parallel to the 'trouble in America', and all that. And it also works literally speaking, I suppose, though while being really rather simple.

    (Of course, this IS Razorlight, so it could just be a load of gobshite, really.)
    _thegreatesthitson October 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHuh Is It Me Or Does This Sound Like He's Talking About September 11th Or Someone He Knew Who Died In September 11th Cos The Chorus They Talk About Panic And Trouble In America, Light A Cigarette Cos I Cant Sleep, I Got The News Etc Etc
    Correct Me If I'mk Wrong But That's All It Points To In My Opinion
    Music-Guy!on November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOH MY GOD!!! What a crap song!!! I quite like the other Razorlight songs but this is really awful! I mean, what on earth is it about? "All my life, watching america, all my life, there's panic in america"- what is that all about? (I was going to put 'Well I go out somewhere then I come home again' but then I realised that it was 'well I go out somewhere and NOT come home again'...whoops!). Anyway...there are so few lyrics that it really is quite hard to tell what on earth he is on about. Something about America, I'm thinking. And the video- don't get me started on that. At the end he is just sitting there, kind of brooding, with shadows on his face- is it me or does this reinforce that he really wants to be taken seriously through these songs but he really isn't. These lyrics are just about as profound as the ones in 'Somewhere Else'- "Well I met a girl, she asked me my name, I told her what it was' (I hope those are right!).
    Just to reinforce what I am saying here, I was listening to a recording of Johnny Borrell (plus a tiny bit from the rest of razorlight) talking about this song on the XFM website, and I got the impression that he thought he was writing some pretty ground breaking, rule breaking stuff. He was comparing themselves to the Beatles for god's sake! (sorry for moaning for so long about this song)
    ePilgrimageon November 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjonny borrell's an asshat
    jugbandcoinon December 07, 2006   Link

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