"Song for No One" as written by Pontus Johan Winnberg, Christian Karlsson and Andrew Wyatt Blakemore....
I met you on the palisades
The sun was spilling kerosene
And I was feeling wide awake
Girl, you can be so obscene
And when you sang a lullaby
A missionary called your name
You disappeared and hopped a flight
For the Serengeti plain

Tell everyone you know
Open up the door
Tell everyone you know
Open up the door

When your love has gone
You carry on
This is her song
This is a song for no one
This is a song for no one

I think I own a photograph
That shows her in the freezing rain
With the Italians on the bank
They know how to entertain
A string of pearls behind your hair
A music box to catch your tears
Now call your mother in L.A.
She hasn't heard your voice in years

Tell everyone you know
Open up the door
Tell everyone you know
Open up the door

When your love has gone
You carry on
This is her song
This a song for no one (x3)

When your love has gone
You carry on
This is her song
This a song for no one

You can jump a ride
But don't ask why
And don't close your eyes

This a song for no one (x3)


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"Song for No One" as written by Christian Karlsson Andrew Wyatt Blakemore

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis also is one of my favorite songs out right now, I created an account just to write about it lol, and i hope he gets the recognition he deserves. heres my personal take on this song. i probably took this song to personally and made to many correlations with my own relationships but thats music


    This is a time for the lyricist when everything was at its height between him and his girl, but at the same time this girl could never be the “one” it’s a nostalgic song for me at least, and a song of loss which cant be talked about for the sake of the speaker.

    He met her at the border of the city ( his security?)
    the sun outlined her perfectly in the most beautiful reds and yellows
    When he talks about “ I was feeling wide awake” and “girl you can be so obscene” it seems to me he’s insinuating that they were not only intimate but also demonstrating this in public places aka the palisade. But maybes that’s just me
    Just as she made him feel secure “ sang him a lullaby”
    She vanished without a trace, leaving him for something more exciting than him or even her normal life “for the Serengeti plains” and something that hit her to her core “missionary”
    She couldn’t be happy with what she had
    and maybe she never will be


    Convince everyone you know/meet
    To let you inside “open up the door”
    (even though it wont mean anything to you and you will just leave)

    but when you take your love away
    it’s hard to forget but its hard to care
    I’ll always love you but
    I’ll never talk about it or you
    Because I have to carry on.

    He thinks of a picture
    “a shelter in the freezing rain” I take this to mean being with these men ( the Italians on the banks who know how to entertain) was a temporary respite from the loneliness aka freezing rain she was used to. (even though she could be with him…)
    (made me think of the lyricist writing this as he’s looking at a picture on facebook of her in italy lol)

    “ A string of pearls”, and “ the music box to catch your tears” especially translated to me that she was letting materialistic and superficial actions and items dominate her life.
    He finally asks her to call her mother in l.a. Who she hasn’t talked to in years.
    This line further reinforces my belief this girl has lost her moral center and this is why the lyricist is singing a song for "no one".
    A person who isn’t a person.
    cfweston January 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOOOVVVEEE this song! I can't believe more people aren't into Miike Snow, by far my favorite song of theirs.
    CoconutSkinson July 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgreed! I love every song especially all the animal remixes.
    LovePeaceRachelon November 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this whole album, but this is definitely my favorite! Just hearing the opening of the song, I knew it would be my favorite! A-MA-ZING!
    chibigirl77on December 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've always just thought of this song as portraying the human will - when things go bad, and we lose that which we love, we have the ability to keep going and try and move past it.

    I think the singer is dedicating this song to his love in order to "carry on;" through artwork and expression, he finds solace and rejuvenation.

    Oh, and this is easily my favorite Miike Snow song. So damn good.

    SoldYourSoulon November 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt should be noted that this song correlates closely to the Beatles' "For No One". Aside from the obvious, albeit perhaps coincidental correspondence in song titles, the subject matter is similar in both songs: love lost, regret, reminiscing, and an impetus to move on.

    If intentional, Miike Snow's would be a brilliant homage to the Beatles song. Moreover, it enhances and extrapolates: where "For No One" ends on melancholic, tragic, even hopeless overtones, this song carries more hope both in its tonic qualities and in its lyrics. Overall, clever, cryptic, catchy, and cathartic songwriting.
    BlueMonkeyPunchon January 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis was my ex-girlfriend's favorite song. Now that I listen to it again, it reminds me so much of her. Well this is what this song means to me..
    (I met you on the palisades
    The sun was spilling kerosene
    And I was feeling wide awake
    Girl, you can be so obscene)
    I met my ex-girlfriend in California. I had just moved from Kentucky and everything was so different here. I guess you could say i felt wide awake when i was with her. One thing i loved about us was our strong Catholic faith. She was like none of the girls back home.
    (A missionary called your name
    You disappeared and hopped a flight
    For the serengeti plain)
    Then one day she met the morman missionaries. They talked to her about their church and after months of meeting with them she got baptized and we broke up. She is in love with one of those missionaries now. She plans on moving to Utah and marrying there.

    Tell everyone you know
    Open up the door
    Tell everyone you know
    Open up the door

    (When your love has gone
    You carry on
    This is her song
    This the song for no one
    This the song for no one)
    I can't believe she would give us up for mormans. how could she easily be manipulated by them? she is no one to me now.

    (I think I own a photograph
    That shows her in the freezing rain
    With the the Italians on the bank
    They know how to entertain)
    she may be happy now but sooner or later she will come back. those missionaries manipulate people like her to get converts, they don't care.

    (Now call your mother in L.A.
    She hasn't heard your voice in years)
    What's ever worse, she has kept this from her parents. Her parents are hardcore Catholic and she pretends to go to mass so they won't know she has converter morman.

    jateganon August 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis was my ex-girlfriend's favorite song. Now that I listen to it again, it reminds me so much of her. Well this is what this song means to me..
    (I met you on the palisades
    The sun was spilling kerosene
    And I was feeling wide awake
    Girl, you can be so obscene)
    I met my ex-girlfriend in California. I had just moved from Kentucky and everything was so different here. I guess you could say i felt wide awake when i was with her. One thing i loved about us was our strong Catholic faith. She was like none of the girls back home.
    (A missionary called your name
    You disappeared and hopped a flight
    For the serengeti plain)
    Then one day she met the morman missionaries. They talked to her about their church and after months of meeting with them she got baptized and we broke up. She is in love with one of those missionaries now. She plans on moving to Utah and marrying there.

    Tell everyone you know
    Open up the door
    Tell everyone you know
    Open up the door

    (When your love has gone
    You carry on
    This is her song
    This the song for no one
    This the song for no one)
    I can't believe she would give us up for mormans. how could she easily be manipulated by them? she is no one to me now.

    (I think I own a photograph
    That shows her in the freezing rain
    With the the Italians on the bank
    They know how to entertain)
    she may be happy now but sooner or later she will come back. those missionaries manipulate people like her to get converts, they don't care.

    (Now call your mother in L.A.
    She hasn't heard your voice in years)
    What's ever worse, she has kept this from her parents. Her parents are hardcore Catholic and she pretends to go to mass so they won't know she has converter morman.

    jateganon August 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI feel like this song is the artist reminiscing about his girlfriend who left him for a missionary who she found more exciting than he was. It's a song for no one because he's trying to move on i.e. she is no one to him now but she used to be someone important.
    blackkat923on December 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI got a filling that this song its about a boy meeting a girl with depression and suicidal thoughts.


    “I met you on the Palisades
    The sun was spilling kerosene
    And I was feeling wide awake
    Girl, you can be so obscene
    And when you sang a lullaby
    A missionary called your name
    You disappeared and hopped a flight
    For the Serengeti plain”

    He find her away from home in NJ, She's from LA, it was a perfect day to meet a lady, and he knew exactly how he felt for her as he was wide awake, “Girl, you can be so obscene” is the first statement that he gets to know her deeply, and “And when you sang a lullaby, A missionary called your name” That calming effect she has on him calming his own demons, “You disappeared and hopped a flight,
    For the Serengeti plain” He he lets us know the first time she tries to row way from her depression.

    “I think I own a photograph
    That shows her in the freezing rain
    With the Italians on the bank
    They know how to entertain
    A string of pearls behind your hair
    A music box to catch your tears
    Now call your mother in L.A.
    She hasn't heard your voice in years”

    “I think I own a photograph. That shows her in the freezing rain” This es the time where he discovers her depression and suicidal thoughts.
    “With the Italians on the bank. They know how to entertain” Another place the ran off, looking for love in men but finding only entertainment or a way to numb her self. “A string of pearls behind your hair. A music box to catch your tears” Pearls are consider woman best friends and also resemble tears, and the music box can be some kind of “recreational” drug to catch her tears, “Now call your mother in L.A. She hasn't heard your voice in years” This is where he starts to worry for her and calls her mom, but also reveals that even the mother has no idea of her “illness”.

    “Tell everyone you know
    Open up the door
    Tell everyone you know
    Open up the door”

    The pre chorus is all about him telling her to seek help on all the people she knows.

    “You can jump a ride
    But don't ask why
    And don't close your eyes
    This the song for no one”

    “You can jump a ride, But don't ask why” Here is the last part as a statement that id ok to run hide, but please, (he ask as a plea and a way of showing that even he can’t do anything for her) “And don't close your eyes, please don't take your own life.

    “When your love has gone
    You carry on
    This is her song
    This the song for no one”

    “When your love has gone, You carry on” This part tells him self that he needs to cary on in spite of her committing suicide. At the end he tells the world her history but no one can help her because she's gone.
    jonatan100on November 14, 2016   Link

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