"Out Of The Blue" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
Somewhere along the way, my hopefulness turned to sadness
Somewhere along the way, my sadness turned to bitterness
Somewhere along the way, my bitterness turned to anger
Somewhere along the way, my anger turned to vengeance

And the ones that I made pay were never the ones who deserved it
And the ones who deserved it, they'll never understand it.
Yes, I know I'm going to Hell in a leather jacket
Least I'll be in another world while you're pissing on my casket

How could you be, oh
So perfect for me?
Why can't you ignore, oh
The things I did before?

Somewhere along the way, exacting vengeance gave excitement
Somewhere along the way, that excitement turned to pleasure
Somewhere along the way, that pleasure turned to madness
But sooner or later that kind of madness turns into pain

And the ones that I made pay were never the ones who deserved it
Those who helped me along the way, I smacked 'em as I thanked 'em
Yes, I know I'm going to Hell in a leather jacket
'Least I'll be in another world while you're pissing on my casket

And all that I can do is sing a song of faded glory
And all you got to do is sit there, look great, and make 'em horny
Together we'll sing songs and tell exaggerated stories
About the way we feel today and tonight and in the morning

How could you be, oh
So perfect for me?
Why can't you ignore, oh
The things I did before?

Take all your fears, pretend they're all true
Take all your plans, pretend they fell through
But that's what it's like

That's what it's like for most people in this world
The rich or the poor oh,
Muslims or Jews oh,
When roles are reversed oh,
Opinions are too
No, oh oh

That's all I'm gonna say now
Before they come knocking on my door now


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"Out of the Blue" as written by Julian Casablancas

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    General CommentTo me the song says life and this world are unpredictable and nothing will ever turn out the way you want it to. And it seems as though the beginning of the song he's talking about emotions he goes through when things don't turn out the way he wants. The chorus seems to be commenting on how sometimes things seem perfect but they don't work out (like in a relationship). Finally, the outro "take all your fears, pretend their all true..." seems to me like he realizes that some people have it worst off "that's what it's like for most people in this world" and that you need to just get over the fact that things don't always go the way you want.

    Just my interpretation. Overall I think this is one of his best.
    jackfaure356on May 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is telling us to not get angry because it only leads to pain to yourself and others. You may cause so much pain you could end up in Hell. The song doesn't mention what the person is so angry about but it can be so many things. The person in the song is also so angry and obsessed with exacting vengeance he loses the one he loves. He wants her to forget the things he did but it's not easy to forgive and forget.

    In the last part of the song where Julian says:
    "Take all your fears, pretend they're all true
    Take all your plans, pretend they fell through.
    I think in short he is saying to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. For most people in the world that is the way we must live.
    Marc7on December 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is amazing. I believe Jules has come up with his own interpretation about human relations. "Somewhere along the way" may be refering to the experience gained during his still short life... When we're young, we feel everything very intensely... The hopefulness, the bitterness, the anger, the sadness...

    Revenge may seem sweet at the beginning, but the result often is against our intentions... We end up hurting the ones that we love the most (by drinking too much, using drugs, quiting school, having sex relations with different people, etc.), and those who we intended to hurt do not even notice our behavior, nor they even care that much...

    I think the whole song talks about hopelessness and regret... Our friend Jules seemed to have matured! I've been a Strokes fan since their beginning, but this is by far the best lyrics i have read and enjoyed from Casablancas... Great, great song!
    LasTolongasdeIrapuatoon January 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAh I love this song but I don't really think it's directed at not getting angry in particular... The anger was an effect, in the middle of things. Not the cause.

    I feel like he's trying to say you can't be naive and live in hope because in the end everything goes bad.

    The last part:
    "Rich or the poor.
    Muslims or Jews.
    When roles are reversed.
    Opinions are, too."
    I think that it is kind of saying that victims might be victims in this reality but if the power had of been in the other hands the victims would have been the persecutors and done exactly the same thing
    lyricsaremydrugson March 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song

    the start bit is dangerously similar to everything is happening so fast by mgmt

    album of the year though
    owenp277on October 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll that I can do is sing a song of faded glory,
    All you got to do is sit there, look great, and make them horny.


    jaded and burnt out julian haha
    strokesmanon October 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe meaning isn't clear to me, he seems to have gone mad. Could be about a break up:

    How could you be so perfect for me?
    Why can't you ignore the things I did before?

    But in the later verses it sounds like it's political.
    In the last verse it sounds to me like he's saying:

    When roles are reversed.
    Opinions are, doomed.

    Anyway, strong lyrics and a great start of a great album.

    HertogHJon November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe intro sounds almost exactly like Empire Of The Sun's song Half Mast.
    But no big deal.
    A good song is a good song none the less.
    ZedLeppelinon November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat album... i wish he woulda saved 5 of these tracks for the strokes and made a killer album. hopefully they still will. Tracks 1,2,3,6,and 8 are awesome. The others are good too. but I just really like the uptempo stuff, like usual strokes.
    Tigreen555on November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how he tracks what
    turns in to what.. this song
    is awesome. And I like it.
    -------------------------------
    Yes, I know I'm goin' to hell
    in a leather jacket,
    At least I'll be in another world
    while you're pissin' on my casket.
    --------------------------------
    best part! Hell is kinda scary tho....
    Udahoon November 18, 2009   Link

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