"Young Folks" as written by and Peter/eriksson Moren....
If I told you things I did before
Told you how I used to be
Would you go along with someone like me?
If you knew my story word for word
Had all of my history
Would you go along with someone like me?

I did before and had my share
It didn't lead nowhere
I would go along with someone like you
It doesn't matter what you did
Who you were hanging with
We could stick around and see this night through

[Chorus]
And we don't care about the young folk
Talkin' 'bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about their own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care 'bout is talking
Talking only me and you

Usually when things has gone this far
People tend to disappear
No one will surprise me unless you do

I can tell there's something goin' on
Hours seems to disappear
Everyone is leaving; I'm still with you

It doesn't matter what we do
Where we are going to
We can stick around and see this night through

[Chorus: x2]

Talking only me and you

Talking only me and you
Talking only me and you


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"Young Folks" as written by Peter/eriksson Moren

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  • +16
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone who has really fucked up in the past. He meets someone new who seems to have changed his life. Because they feel so comfortable, he divulges everything he keeps inside, all his past regrets or just wrongdoings. Usually when people find out this about him they tend to leave him, but this new girl is different. She almost wants to hear more because she really cares. They spend forever talking and don't have another care in the world as long as they are together and interested in each other. They don't care about the standards of the younger generation, or especially of the older generation. They don't even care about the judgements of other individuals because they have each other. It's like a moment where they are frozen in time while others are passing by but because they are intertwined they don't notice anything but each other.

    btw I absolutely love the whistling and drums too
    Eporter210on February 05, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General Commentis it about a new relationship?
    i think it can also be about an old relationship, one of those flames that never goes away, ("usually when things has gone this far /people tend to disappear /no-one will surprise me unless you do")and the singer(s) are musing about how, in the big scheme of things, it's just about the two of them ("all we care 'bout is talking/talking only me and you").
    piratefaceon November 01, 2006   Link
  • +6
    General Commentit's so haunting. So sad but at the same time beautiful but about a beautiful connection that two people have that is underlined by sadness.
    choobakkaon February 18, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsunshine goodtime finewine saltlime coolcrime YAY glad
    _ellieon October 29, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"If I told you things I did before/ Told you how I used to be/ Would you go along with someone like me?" I interpret these three lines as showing that someone had had a rough past but finds someone he/she really cares about. He/she is telling someone their past and hoping that that person does not leave them because of it because he/she wants to be accepted by this person. "If you knew my story word for word/ Had all of my history/ Would you go along with someone like me?" I interpret these lines with the same concept. I believe that this person just wants to open up to someone but they are scared that the other will not accept them and not like them because of what they have done in the past.
    tibbles123on August 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentomg i can't believe this song hasn't had more posts. i don't know about the rest of the world but this song is massive in australia even though peter bjorn and john are a swedish trio as triple j quote "this is the year of swedish music" i love this song its so catchy and soo vute and the film clip is very innocent with all those little captions i reckon this song is aboutthis guy having a bad past and saying if i tell you all this stuff about me will you still go out with me this song is basically about true love where they can basically be careless because they are in love and nothing else matters
    goosy1281on September 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe that song could be not only about a romantic relationship, but maybe also a friendship. Sometimes you get to meet new people and you just don´t feel like stop talking to them...
    missvanillaon December 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis reminds me a little of human league's 'don;t you want me?' in the way that both male and female singers sing and represent their sides.... except this song is like a thousand times classically 'better' than the human league. Though the human league is quite good.
    ieatseedson January 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about accepting who you love, Ive done really regretfull things in the past and this song helps me out.
    beddyon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I think beddy is right.

    I don't know if you guys remember this, or if you even went through this in your teenage years. But when I would start dating people, they would tell me the regretful things they've done in the past, and it always killed me. I guess this is like the guy telling the girl about all the stuff he's done in the past, things mostly pertaining to the loss of his innocence (drugs, sex, ect.). I think he's hoping that she can see past all that, that maybe she's at that point of her life where she's just used to knowing that the people she becomes interested in will always have rough pasts.

    I think the loss of innocence affects some people more than it does other people. Me, Holden Caughfield, and the writer of this song, it affects us a lot.

    And in the second stanza, I think the girl is even admitting to the same type of things. They just relate together really well.
    DrPanda97on May 11, 2007   Link

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