"We Are the People" as written by Nicholas George Littlemore, Jonathan Thomas Sloan and Luke James Steele....
We can remember swimming in December,
Heading for the city lights in 1975,
We share in each other,
Nearer than father,
The scent of a lemon drips from your eyes

We are the people that rule the world
A force running in every boy and girl
All rejoicing in the world
Take me now' we can try

We lived an adventure
Love in the Summer
Followed the sun till night
Reminiscing other times of life
For each every other
The feeling was stronger
The shock hit eleven' Got lost in your eyes

I can't do well when I think you're gonna leave me
But I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now
Can't you be believing now

I can't do well when I think you're gonna leave me
But I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now
Can't you be believing now

Can you remember and humanize
It was still where we'd energized
Lie in the sand and visualize
Like it's 75 again

We are the people that rule the world
A force running in every boy and girl
All rejoicing in the world
Take me now' we can try

I can't do well when I think you're gonna leave me
But I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now
Can't you be believing now

I can't do well when I think you're gonna leave me
But I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now
Can't you be believing now

I know everything about you
You know everything about me
Know everything about us

I know everything about you
You know everything about me
Know everything about us

I can't do well when I think you're gonna leave me
But I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now
Can't you be believing now

I can't do well when I think you're gonna leave me
But I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now
Can't you be believing now

I can't do well when I think you're gonna leave me
But I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now
Can't you be believing now


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"We Are the People" as written by Luke Steele, Nick Littlemore, Jonathan Sloan

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  • +4
    General Commentthis song reminds me of summer days, just chilling out.
    in the park; on the train; in the city...
    some of the best times :)
    .skyhigh.on January 04, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI guess these lyrics seem so abstract, that they could mean whatever you want them to mean and what is relevant to you in your life at that time.
    I haven't analysed the lyrics closely yet, but I don't believe this is a love song between a couple, but rather a love song about finding oneself.
    I believe that this song has a spiritual significance. and that it is linked to the Mayan Calendar prophecies, (which end in 2012). I believe that "We are the people who rule the world", are the people who have found enlightenment. "A force runnig in every boy and girl", to me is our life force, energy, (there are many different names for this- kundalini, holy spirit etc).
    If you look at some of the lyrics- "rejoycing in the world","we can try", "reminiscing other times of life", "I can't do well when i think you're gonna leave me", "I know everything about you, you know everything about me, know everything about us" To me it is about someone who has had a spiritual awakening and is not quite sure of it yet and is scared of losing what he has found.
    I think it is about becoming one and a celebration of a new life.
    life, death and re-birth.....
    x
    Annalisaxxxxon July 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my interpretation of the song. This song is a reflection of the youth of the person singing the song.

    Verse 1:
    In 1975, there was a dance called "Do The Swim". So, swimming in December refers to the dance that him and the other person did. There is also an old church game by the name of Nearer or Farther (creativeyouthideas.com/resources/creative-teaching-ideas/nearer-or-farther/) that was played by children. So, they shared each others secrets in the game. The Scent of Lemon refers to the musical play called "The Scent of Fresh Lemons" (pwmusical.com/…) that reflected on the past of the man character. The character sings in a way that sounds like he is crying about his youth.

    Chorus:
    The saying is that "The Youth Rule The World." The Chorus is basically emphasizing this saying. They had power and strength at a young age, but they choose to "rejoice" in what they had at that present time and didn't realize that future was fast approaching.

    Verse 2:
    He and the other person spent alot of time together and did alot of wild things. In 1976-77, Tina Charles released a song called "Fallin In Love in the Summertime." I believe that while doing the wild and crazy things that they did, this song was one of their favorites and reminded them of themselves.

    Hook:
    Everyone knows that it may come to a point in life where you will have to leave behind that one person that you hold close to your heart. Or, that person might leave you. We, as humans, don't do well when we feel like our hearts will be broken. We tend to think when will this feeling end or if it can last forever.

    Verse 3:
    The writer wanted to help remind the other person to be more human and sympathize. To stop being so hard and robotic. Remember when they were young and full of energy; to see if they could get that feeling back that they had in 1975.

    Bridge:
    When in a strong relationship that last over 2 years, you both share alot with each other and know alot about each other. He was trying to remind the person that we should continue on with each other because no one knows you like I know you and vice versa.
    KlearJOfficialon June 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes anyone know when this album will be released in the US?? I keep checking iTunes but it's still not out yet
    jalloydon January 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    MemoryThe song is so amazing! To me it's about looking back on the best times of your life with the people/person you loved and never wanting it to end. Simply Amazing.
    katana08on January 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi think as katana08 said its about lookin back on the times enjoyed but than suddenly it hits that this dream might end and paranoia sets in
    I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me,
    But I know I try,
    Are you gonna leave me now,
    Can’t you be believing now.

    or it could mean that the person was just dumped and he's tryin to get his partner to realise the good times they had together

    Can you remember and humanise,
    It was still where we’d energised,
    Lie in the sand and visualise
    Like its 75 again,

    I know everything about you,
    You know everything about me,
    Know everything about us
    Lovegloveon February 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song could be about a couple who's nearing the end of a long relationship. About 2 people who have slowly grown apart, where one person wants them to be back how they were.
    Skripion February 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's one of those songs that gets you a bit emotional, you can hear the meaning in it and it tugs at the heart strings.. interesting Blairman, your reasoning of this song. It makes sense. In fact at the moment I am looking at alot of world order conspiracy theories and it kind of wowed me you saw this song as maybe relating to one. Wasn't 1975 also a date that some people believed that a change would happen anyway.. but I won't go into it deep.

    I think it is about hoping and dreaming about something which is what I'm going through at the moment and having that one person you love next to you and how you don't want them to leave or stop believing in that dream or ambition you have.. :)


    Honorforeveron June 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    Bitter sweet remembering of something that has not been lost yet...just love the way you get high when you listen to it bubu!!!
    Callikaon July 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation of this song is about death. Death of someone who is a soulmate, your other special half that makes you feel whole. And mourning about it.

    My evidence is the video.

    Beginning:
    We start off with a view of a sky from below. There is light.
    This symbolises heaven and "seeing the light" as one would describe when they die.
    Trivially, this foreshadows the ending of the video as the two characters have fainted and seeing their view from below.

    From here, we see the journey of the passing away of a soulmate and his journey to the next realm.

    Now, we get images of death. The skull, grim reaper face, and graveyard.
    We get a sense of impending death.
    The bike tumbled upside down suggests end of journey.
    The sense of impending death is furthered by the two characters dying in the heat of the environment.
    The setting reinforces impending death as the desert is a wasteland, harsh, hot, and unsuitable for life.
    A clip of digging expands the sense of impending death as reminds the watcher of digging up graves.

    The two meet a man. The setting is an archway.
    This creates a sense of ascension, a port way to somewhere.
    The meeting reminds me of two situations: overviewing and reviewing one's life after death and getting lost in the realm.
    However, the two characters doesn't actually enter the archway so I presume the setting is just for imagery/symbolism or could be not choosing that path for some reason.
    I did not bother to translate the spanish subtitles so there could be some additional things I missed out.

    We see a building. A lady. An entrance. The entrance continues the idea of ascension, port way to somewhere.
    The lady. Hmm... Grim reaper? Beautiful death? I do not know.
    She gives the character a skull. It could mean the character is given the truth that he dead and/or embracing death (or comically, given some weed :P )

    Transition to waterfalls. Ahh, the soothing part of the video. The contrast from the hot climate to cooling waterfalls is very striking and effective.
    Symbolises the transition to heaven or spiritual enlightment/peace. =D
    We are shown this playground-like building thingy. The stairs remind me of ascension. The whole feel of inhabiting this area produces an atmosphere of a sanctuary.

    Now we are back in the harsh environment. I assume this is the perspective of the character who lost their soulmate.
    At the same time, the lyric "I know everything about you, You know everything about me" comes to this scene.
    Reminds the watcher of the two soulmate's connectedness.
    Then we are shown some culture; parading through the streets. Creates this sense of "back on Earth" feel to emphasise the
    character who loss their soulmate situation that this character must continue life without his/her soulmate.
    There are crucifixes and the girl with grim reaper facepaint, things associated with death, in this scene.

    Then we get another jolt of "coming back to reality" through another transition. It repeats the beginning with an image of a graveyard.
    The two characters fainted in a pit suggesting this whole video journey was a dream/hallucination.
    However, it symbolises death and journey of ascension. :)

    As for the biker staring at beginning and end, I think it just a comedic effect. :P Tho my intuition feels there is some more meaning behind the biker..

    Dogs represent wandering and I dunno what the insect scene shows. The dire survival in the harsh environment? Bleh.
    cooltooniston May 01, 2010   Link

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