"River of Brakelights" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
We might be in for a late night
Stuck in a lava flow of brake lights
I can hear a rattling bass drum driving back to where it came from
Sit back

I shop therefore I am the cause, protect me from what I was

Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
Timing is everything, timing is everything, timing is everything, timing is everything
Timing is everything, timing is everything...

I'm at your feet, where critters meet
Who should be asleep and not crossing roads or highways
In the afterlife of super cities, rapidly devouring its outskirts
It's neon octopus arms redecorating late at night

Robot camp for kids who hate sports
Mothers crying at the airport
Finding the dreams you left behind to do, waving goodbye your young heart cries for you
Sit back

You're finding it hard to get very far
But we were born waiting in line
Grabbing the future by the eyes

Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, timing is everything, timing is everything
Getting the hang of it, timing is everything, getting the hang of it, timing is everything
Timing the hang of it, getting is everything,
Getting the timing of everything hanging is
Hanging the getting of timing the everything...

Like batteries we die, like rivers we dry
We fuel and recharge, that's humans and cars
My fun, my sun, be my homework done
Where did you go, you were my ride home

Is that what we want, is everything shot, is that what you ask for, 'cause that's what we got?

Nothing stands still
Nothing stands still


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"River of Brakelights" as written by Julian Casablancas

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  • +2
    General CommentOFFICIAL LYRICS (juliancasablancas.com)

    We might be in for a late night
    Stuck in a lava flow of brake lights
    I can hear a rattling bass drum driving back to where it came from
    Sit back...

    I shop therefore I am the cause, protect me from what I was

    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
    Timing is everything, timing is everything, timing is everything, timing is everything
    Timing is everything, timing is everything...

    I'm at your feet, where critters meet
    Who should be asleep and not crossing roads or highways
    In the afterlife of super cities, rapidly devouring its outskirts
    It's neon octopus arms redecorating late at night

    Robot camp for kids who hate sports
    Mothers crying at the airport
    Finding the dreams you left behind to do, waving goodbye your young heart cries for you
    Sit back...
    You're finding it hard to get very far
    But we were born waiting in line
    Grabbing the future by the eyes

    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it - timing is everything, timing is everything
    Getting the hang of it - timing is everything - getting the hang of it - timing is everything
    TIMING THE HANG OF IT - GETTING IS EVERYTHING -
    GETTING THE TIMING OF EVERYTHING HANGING IS
    HANGING THE GETTING OF TIMING THE EVERYTHING...

    Like batteries we die, like rivers we dry
    We fuel and recharge, that's humans and cars
    My fun, my sun, be my homework done
    Where did you go, you were my ride home

    Is that what we want, is everything shot, is that what you ask for, 'cause that's what we got?

    Nothing stands still.
    *Gabby*on November 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWe might be here for a late night
    Stuck in a lava flow of brake lights
    I can hear a rattling bass drum
    Driving back to where it came from

    Sit back on
    I shop, therefore I am the cause
    Protect me from what I was

    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
    Timing is everything, timing is everything
    Timing is everything, timing is everything
    Timing is everything, timing is everything

    I'm at your feet, where critters meet
    You should be a secret not crossing roads or highways
    In the afterlife of supercities, rapidly devouring it's outskirts
    its me or an octopus arm redecorating late at night

    Robot games for kids who hate sports
    Mothers crying at the airport
    Finding the dreams you left behind to do
    Waving goodbye your young heart cries for you

    Sit back, oh
    You're finding it hard to get very far
    We were born waiting in line
    Grabbing the future by the eyes

    Getting the hang of it, getting the hang of it
    Timing is everything, timing is everything
    Getting the hang of it, timing is everything
    Getting the hang of it, timing is everything
    Timing the hang of it, getting is everything
    Getting the time of it, everything hangs on this
    Hanging the getting of, timing the everything

    Like bodies we die like rivers we dry
    We fuel and recharge the chimers and doors
    I fall on my side, gleam my homeward bound
    Where did you go, you were my ride home
    Is that what we want?
    Is everything shot?
    Is that what you ask for?
    'Cause that's what we got

    Life is destined
    Life is destined
    Goetiaon November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I think it's one of the best off the album.

    I may be not be right, but I think the lyrics are said from the point of view of a teenager who has no idea what they want to do in the future? Like they've put aside the achieving of their life goal to hang around and have fun.
    skyyscraperon December 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "We might be in for a late night," no?

    "I SHOT therefore I am the cause?" Rather than shop. I dunno, that could make a bit more sense.

    It's "getting the hang of it" in the first part where it's x8. You forgot the of.

    I think it's "fills me enough to push off" rather than "feels enough."

    I think it's "refuel and recharge," not we fuel and recharge. No idea on the rest of the line though.


    Regardless, absolutely awesome song. Much darker sound than 11th Dimension, I like it a lot more. I'm stoked for the album.
    thatoneguy82101on October 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI realy like the psychedelic guitar loop, like in Ize of the World. Great ending, sounds like he's saying:

    Love is destined.
    Love is there still.
    HertogHJon November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about all the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving your goals. Most people give up and accept what's given to them or what they can have in the short term.
    MeInReverse8on January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm.. this song take some thinking..
    it seems like there's two different world colliding in this song.

    First is the world of consumerism and the irresponsibility of the usage of our resources.

    Second is the world of despair, guilt and the loss of hope.

    People who live in large scale cities really come to appreciate this sort of song for it sort of lays out how intense it can
    be to live in one.

    I live in Manhattan, and I can really appreciate the feeling of the sounds Julian has created, and it make the world feel a bit as though it's going a little out of control, and we justify our reckless actions with "I shop, therefore, I am the cause."

    A bold song, definitely worth some time to listen and think about.
    zagatmusicreviewon January 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's 'i shop therefore i am the cause'...i think it's referring to Barbara Kruger's artwork called 'i shop therefore i am' (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…)...her artwork was all about consumerism and feminism and such, just thought I'd throw that out there
    Sachinion May 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the very closing lines are "rapid stand-still" having to do with the gridlock of traffic in a rapidly growing or overcrowded city. Or just the fact that our own own growth impedes us.
    nonexistanton August 15, 2010   Link

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