"Countdown" as written by and Thomas Croquet Laurent Mazzalai....
Countdown unless you're juvenile, let's go
God bless you're missed somewhere
We're sick for the big sun
It doesn't matter what you did
And if you did like you've been told

True...and everlasting, that's what you want
True...
True...and everlasting, that's what you want
Don't say no, you're breakfast eaten alone
Sister let go, you're borderline withdrawn
Down and lit from the bottom
There's a misfit

Better than looks
Better than looks
Better than looks
Better than looks
We're sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick
We're sick for the big sun
Alone though and drip drip drip drip drip drip drip
I realize that too

Your lonesome will
Is this knowledge?
As forgiven as you know somewhere
Your face will remain on
It doesn't matter what you did
And if you didn't ride, let's go
Could...an everlasting, that's what you want
Cool, cool...and everlasting that's what you want
Don't say no, you're breakfast eaten alone
Do you remember when twenty-one years was old?
Down and lit
It doesn't matter that you killed us

Better than looks
Better than looks
Better than looks
Better than looks
We're sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick
We're sick for the big sun
Alone and drip drip drip drip drip drip drip
I realize that too

True, true and everlasting
Didn't last that long
We're the lonesome
We're the lonesome
Yeah
True and everlasting
Didn't last that long

True, true and everlasting
Didn't last that long
We're lonesome
We're the lonesome
Yeah
True and everlasting
Didn't last that long
We're the lonesome
We're the lonesome


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"Countdown" as written by Frederic Moulin Christian Mazzalai

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  • +4
    General Comment"Do you remember when twenty-one years was old?"

    What a great, heartbreaking line.
    streethawkon May 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song, 1901, Lasso, and Armistice are incredible songs off their new album. I listen to them everyday. I seriously think these guys need a run at the Grammys.
    rymert19on July 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningi think the "countdown" is to die. Its like a song about a person who is growing up, already past the prime of their life and is counting down to death.

    the first line, its saying unless you're before the prime, you're not dying. and the song is basically reviewing over your life, and preparing to die, because the best of your life gone. my favorite line is "do you remember when 21 years was old" its saying remember when 21 was all grown up, when we were in high school, looking foward to growing up, and now past 21 you realize that its still young and the real phase growing up isnt as great as people may think. or simply remember when we were younger than 21 and we thought it was old, and now at (age) we wish we could go back to 21.

    And to me the song is just filled with metaphors and ambiguity, and is up to interpretation


    by the way, from the phoenix website these are the real lyrics

    Countdown unless you’re juvenile let’s go
    God bless your miss somewhere
    We’re sick for the big sun
    It doesn’t matter what you did and if you did it like you been told

    True and everlasting that’s what you want
    True and everlasting that’s what you want

    Don’t say no your breakfast tears are gone
    Resist or let go, you’re borderline withdrawn
    Down, unlit from the bottom there is a misfit
    Better than it looks better than it looks
    Better than it looks better than it looks

    We’re sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick
    We’re sick for the big sun
    We rumble and trip trip trip trip trip trip
    I realize that too

    Hear the lonesome bell, Is this knowledge ?
    Ask forgiveness you know somewhere
    You’re fixed to an atom
    It doesn’t matter what you did and if you did it right let’s go

    Cruel and everlasting that’s what you want
    Cruel and everlasting that’s what you want

    Don’t say no your breakfast tears are wrong
    Do you remember when 21 years was old?
    Down unlit does it matters that you care the less ?
    Better than it looks better than it looks
    Better than it looks better than it looks

    We’re sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick
    We’re sick for the big sun
    We rumble and trip trip trip trip trip trip
    I realize that too

    True and everlasting, It didn’t last that long…
    We’re the lonesome, we’re the lonesome yell
    True and everlasting, It didn’t last that long…
    pianton August 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it talks about how when we were young and how you think youre true and everlasting but things move on and how when you get older you look behind on your past and mistakes i just think overall its about reminiscing.
    sgulation October 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me the big sun symbolizes the zenith of life, the height of youth, if you will. If you see the day cycle as the life cycle, it makes sense. Sunrise=Birth. Noon (big sun)= youth. Sunset=Declining years. Night=Death.

    "Countdown unless you're juvenile let's go
    God bless your miss somewhere
    We're sick for the big sun
    It doesn't matter what you did
    and if you did it like you been told

    True and everlasting that's what you want
    True and everlasting that's what you want

    Don't say no your breakfast tears are gone
    Resist or let go, you're borderline withdrawn
    Down, unlit from the bottom there is a misfit
    Better than it looks, better than it looks
    Better than it looks, better than it looks

    We're sick
    We're sick for the big sun
    We rumble and trip
    I realize that too"

    I believe this to be an unapologetic paean to youth.

    "Hear the lonesome bell, is this knowledge?
    Ask forgiveness you know somewhere
    You're fixed to an atom
    It doesn't matter what you did
    And if you did it right let's go

    Cruel and everlasting that's what you want
    Cruel and everlasting that's what you want"

    I sense a hint of regret. The writer recognizes the mistakes that were made and the people that may have been hurt.

    "Don't say no your breakfast tears are wrong
    Do you remember when 21 years was old?
    Down unlit does it matters that you care the less?
    Better than it looks, better than it looks
    Better than it looks, better than it looks

    We're sick
    We're sick for the big sun
    We rumble and trip
    I realize that too

    True and everlasting, it didn't last that long...
    We're the lonesome, we're the lonesome yell
    True and everlasting, it didn't last that long..."

    Time has past and the long life you thought you had ahead of you really isn't as long. You're old and lonesome.

    In summary, I think this song is about the disappointment of adulthood as it is a reflection on youth.


    tiki187on January 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNow I'm not religious so don't ridicule me if I'm wrong and I'm not sure about Phoenix's religious preference, but I found this to be a christian song... Someone that is near death... Here's my interpretation:


    Countdown unless you're juvenile let's go (countdown unless you're young)
    God bless your miss somewhere (self-explanatory)
    We're sick for the big sun (We're ready to die) (Big Sun - "the light")
    It doesn't matter what you did (Doesn't matter if you've sinned)
    and if you did it like you been told (if you've accepted Jesus....)

    True and everlasting that's what you want (...You'll live for eternity, if that's what you want)
    True and everlasting that's what you want (...You'll live for eternity, if that's what you want)

    Don't say no your breakfast tears are gone (Don't give up)
    Resist or let go, you're borderline withdrawn (Either fight or give up)
    Down, unlit from the bottom there is a misfit (Depressed, withdrawn, there's something wrong)
    Better than it looks, better than it looks (Life is better than this)
    Better than it looks, better than it looks (Life is better than this)

    We're sick (We're dying)
    We're sick for the big sun (We're ready to die)
    We rumble and trip
    I realize that too

    Hear the lonesome bell, is this knowledge? (Not sure about this line, besides again alluding to loneliness)
    Ask forgiveness you know somewhere (Ask for forgiveness (from Jesus))
    You're fixed to an atom (You're only an immortal)
    It doesn't matter what you did (same)
    And if you did it right let's go (If you asked for forgiveness, let's go (die))

    Cruel and everlasting that's what you want (This line seems to say... Hell is what you want)
    Cruel and everlasting that's what you want (Hell is what you want)

    Don't say no your breakfast tears are wrong
    Do you remember when 21 years was old?
    Down unlit does it matters that you care the less?
    Better than it looks, better than it looks
    Better than it looks, better than it looks

    We're sick
    We're sick for the big sun
    We rumble and trip
    I realize that too

    True and everlasting, it didn't last that long
    We're the lonesome, we're the lonesome yell
    True and everlasting, it didn't last that long

    - These last lines confuse me a bit and make me question my own theories to this song now... But my GUESS is that The person killed themselves.... only to realize they were still lonely.

    Now even if I'm completely wrong on the lyrics... I'm pretty positive on the theme... Which is to just go through life, cause it's tough... have faith and love those around you and don't live in the past.

    We're sick could also just be referring to sick of being depressed... They want to see a brighter future so they are sick for the big sun.
    ZombieWeekdayon August 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFavorite song off the new album.

    f'ing love this band.
    rentboyon May 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe correct lyrics are (taken from the CD sheet):

    Countdown unless you're juvenile let's go
    God bless your miss somewhere
    We're sick for the big sun
    It doesn't matter what you did
    and if you did it like you been told

    True and everlasting that's what you want
    True and everlasting that's what you want

    Don't say no your breakfast tears are gone
    Resist or let go, you're borderline withdrawn
    Down, unlit from the bottom there is a misfit
    Better than it looks, better than it looks
    Better than it looks, better than it looks

    We're sick
    We're sick for the big sun
    We rumble and trip
    I realize that too

    Hear the lonesome bell, is this knowledge?
    Ask forgiveness you know somewhere
    You're fixed to an atom
    It doesn't matter what you did
    And if you did it right let's go

    Cruel and everlasting that's what you want
    Cruel and everlasting that's what you want

    Don't say no your breakfast tears are wrong
    Do you remember when 21 years was old?
    Down unlit does it mattersthat you care the less?
    Better than it looks, better than it looks
    Better than it looks, better than it looks

    We're sick
    We're sick for the big sun
    We rumble and trip
    I realize that too

    True and everlasting, it didn't last that long...
    We're the lonesome, we're the lonesome yell
    True and everlasting, it didn't last that long...
    Dombilepetitlutinon June 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat exactly is the "big sun"?
    carotcake212on July 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song. Sick for the big sun.. no idea what it means but it makes so much sense.
    shmortisborgon October 13, 2009   Link

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