"All Is Not Lost" as written by and Timothy Nordwind Damian Kulash....
It's coming down, babe
Could be as bad as they talked about
It's coming down, babe
Could be before we can make it out

But when they say that all is lost
All is not lost, all is not lost
But when they say that all is lost
All is not lost, no all is not lost at all

They could be right about it
They could be right in some crazy way
Cause if they yell fire, well that's what we get
Yeah they yell fire, and that's what we get
So, yeah it's coming babe
Probably bad as they talked about
But just remember: when the tide rolls in
It can't be too long until it rolls back out

And when they say that all is lost
All is not lost, all is not lost
And when they say that all is lost
All is not lost, no all is not lost at all

And if they burn
If they burn this place down to the ground
What does it matter?
What does it matter?

Cause when they say that all is lost
All is not lost, all is not lost
And when they say that all is lost
All is not lost, no, all is not lost, not lost at all
No, all is not lost, no, all is not lost at all
No, all is not lost, no, all is not lost, not lost at all


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"All Is Not Lost" as written by Timothy Nordwind Damian Kulash

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    General Commentphenomenal song. without a doubt my favorite song on the album. as "MUSED" stated it can definitely relate to a relationship issue but its even deeper than that. "And when they say all is lost, all is not lost, all is not lost". fucking great line, their trying to say as long as you shut out the non believers youre on your way to getting the gold

    or i may just be high :)
    whenyourehighon January 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song is REALLY great, helping me through some tough relationship issues.
    Meaning? I'd say it's pretty easy to figure out. Bad times are coming, but the singer is reassuring their lover that no matter what everyone else says, everything will work out.
    All is not lost.
    musedon January 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI personally believe this is the best track on the album. A very positive song. Just reminding his love that everything will be ok as long as they have each other. And just catchy in general.
    The O-Manon March 03, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIt is, of course, partly a relational song; all of OK Go's songs are. That said, it also contains quite a lot of obvious commentary about Global Warming. "It's coming down" refers to the warmth from the sun, "Could be as bad as they talked about" refers to the doom-and-gloom prophecies of Global Warming zealots, and "Could be before we can make it out" is clearly a reference to the apparent need to escape Earth's trap and settle on other planets. In a purely relational context, these lines don't make the slightest sense, which is why this second meaning must be introduced.

    Then cue more fire-and-water imagery, reinforcing the symbolism. I don't think I need to clarify how tides and fire relate to global warming. Finish with an uplifting "all is not lost" — in other words, Damian is saying that despite all of these prophecies of destruction and doom, and despite all of the things we may or may not have done to our environment, it literally isn't the end of the world.
    Kleeshayon October 13, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI don't really listen to Indie Rock but this is great. I just saw the video on 2/18/13 and I just keep replaying it. I believe it to be better than most rap videos, and that's the truth.
    NessieRalon February 19, 2013   Link

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