And I've been digging that hole tonight
On my knees beneath the moon
All I need is a place to lie
Guess a grave will have to do
Won't you give me two minutes please
Just let me cover my eyes
All the hammer and scrape
Has been chipping away
At the lustre of life

So I heard "move move"
I would but I am so tired
(move, move)If I can shake myself
I can dance with you

Though my body is far from old
I'm bound to useless youth
And I can't fake a fist to throw
Through the crust of the earth
If you find me don't wake me
I can't be shaken awake
If you don't stare at the dark
You can never feel bleak
Life starts to lose its taste

So I heard "move move"
I will but I am so tired
If I can shake myself
I can dance with you

I hear drums
The worn out beat of a tired heart
You are young
If this is the prime of life
I wish I could skip the blasted youth

Skip the youth
It's ageing me too much


Lyrics submitted by kedr, edited by coolJesse

Skip the Youth song meanings
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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think this song is about how in youth, everything seems so dramatic and emotional and exhausting. The roller coaster of it all is making him feel old and worn out. He just wants the peace of old age where most of life's big questions and hurdles have been dealt with already.
    DeathsRoseon February 24, 2010   Link
  • +4
    MemoryThis song means so much to me. I've been following Frightened Rabbit for the last four years or so, and have seen them numerous times in concert. However, nothing prepared me for the Los Angeles show in May of 2010.

    After living in California for four years, I recently decided to start from scratch, reset careers and move back to my midwest hometown to teach middle school. I had just finished my Master's Degree (defended it on a Friday), moved out of my place on Saturday, and the next day, Sunday, with a loaded car, went to see Frightened Rabbit at the Henry Fonda Theater. Immediately afterwards, I would hop in my car and drive north. This concert would my very last event while living in California.

    When they opened the show with "Skip The Youth", I felt myself overcome with emotion. To me, this song is about all the hardships and heartache and confusion about growing up. And, as a twenty-seven year old without a career, who's constantly questioning his purpose, ability and future - this song hit me like a ton of bricks. The last five years had been such a struggle, and I was throwing it all away to pursue something I was completely unsure about. With so much on my mind, and so much uncertainty around the corner, that show was one the most cathartic experiences of my life.

    As I hopped in my car that night, sometime around midnight, I played this song on repeat all the way to Santa Barbara. It just felt right. And now, two months later, as I look back to my past life and embrace my new one - this song serves as a constant reminder of the hardships of life's struggles and uncertainties. For me, the most important song of the year. Thank you, Frightened Rabbit.
    BackwardsWalkon July 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with DeathsRose. I think this song is about how the dramatic turbulence of youth is in fact what makes you old. If we could give it up, if we could just be old, we'd be forever young.
    ThatJenniferon April 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an incredible song!

    The transition at 1:45 is epic. Shoots a chill down my spine every time!
    Mwasa254on March 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best Frightened Rabbit song. Brilliant piece!
    SimonLieson June 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Skip the youth
    It's aging me too much'

    This band makes me want to fly.
    mshalashon January 01, 2011   Link

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