"It's Working" as written by and Andrew Wells Vanwyngarden Benjamin Nicholas Hunter Goldwasser....
Here, you focus
So I can see your faces
The eyes are wrong

How will I know if it's working right?

Light confuses
The tiny isles of bruises
The mangled lines
I see the signs of aging

But if I try to feel at all I am deceived
My mind's affected
It's empty now
As I lay down
I feel alright
My heart is racing

Turn the noise on
I'd like to feed my poison
Assembly lines

Carry a velvet warning
To the yard
It's just like striking matches
The polish lies

But it's working in your blood
Which you know is not the same as love
Love is only in your mind
And not your heart

No, it's working

It's working in your blood
Which you know is not the same as love
Love is only in your mind and not your heart

It's working in your blood
Which you know is not the same as love
Love is only in your mind and not your heart

It's working in your blood
Which you know is not the same as love
Love is only in your mind and not your heart


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"It's Working" as written by Benjamin Nicholas Hunter Goldwasser Andrew Wells Vanwyngarden

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  • +3
    General CommentTo me it seems like it's about drugs, probably psychedelics.

    At first there are little differences that are noticed after consuming the drug, then wondering if the drug is working right. I've definitely felt this feeling before and can relate. Then it progresses to 'it's working', saying that he knows the drugs have taken effect and he knows for sure. Sometimes when i'm waiting for drugs to kick in i have this placebo effect where i can't tell if it's the drugs or me, which i think is kind of what is being conveyed here, aka 'how will i know if it's working right'.

    It seems like the progression of the song and it's composition tie in with this. At first the song is kind of like an exciting whirlwind(nerves about taking the drug, and excitement on what will come), and it progresses to silence for a moment, then goes back, then it turns into a spacey flow of noises, then again silence and back to the excitement. This is what happens on drugs sometimes, they take hold, and for a moment you have control or you can understand that this is not you, then you let them take over again. Towards the end when he says 'no, it's working' with the cosmic sounds in the background and the drum beat, it all feels like drugs to me.

    Also to support my theory is 'but it's working in your blood', which drugs do.

    I don't know if this whole drug thing is what they were going after, but i think the lyrics and music go perfectly together and if that's what they were aiming for they did it perfectly. If not i still really like this song.
    cassidywashereon March 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenteveryone was pretty much dead on. i personally would have never guess thats what it was about.

    "Another track on the new album called "It's Working" seems to explore the same topic."

    Yeah. It was the first song that we demo-ed almost a year ago. Ben [Goldwasser] and I went up to this little cabin in the woods in upstate New York, and the second I walked in the door I sat down and played this chord progression. The next day we expanded it into a song. Lyrically, it's about doing drugs. I didn't realize it until now, but it's kind of funny, because the first song on our first album was "Time to Pretend," which was about the imagined rock star scenario. So, "It's Working" is like, "Yeah, we went out there and we did a lot of drugs and it's not that great." The song is mostly about Ecstasy.

    Is there any specific experience with Ecstasy that influenced that song?

    No, not really. But that's how we envisioned the track when we were writing it. It stops and starts a lot; it's frantic, confusing. There's also a surfing thread throughout the record. When you're surfing, there's a specific break you're paddling to. And when the waves are really good you say, "It's working." The song kind of has a surf-y vibe. It's like surfing on ecstasy. Which is what the "Time to Pretend" video is like. Actually, the video is more like surfing on acid.
    -Spin interview with Andrew

    i lovee this song already. as soon as i heard it, i was pretty much hooked.
    clouds1on March 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbest song of the new album
    Estevanon March 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song reminds me exactly of the first time I took ecstasy, I was so convinced it wasn't going to work. I asked everyone, "how will I know if it's working?"

    The music video is pretty interesting, and I feel like I know exactly what it means. I think the box they create is their mind. In the beginning they are reading the construction manual and it looks extremely complex and confusing...just like the human mind. When they are standing in front of it, they start turning colors...symbolizing drugs. When Andrew is running through the darkness inside the box, it's like the depression some people get after they come down. When the box falls down at the end, that could symbolize going insane, death, or something of that matter.

    well, atleast that's what I think. =)
    pshhcaitlinon June 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionAmazing, amazing song.
    lalunacrecienteon April 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"it's working in your blood
    which you know is not the same as love
    love is only in your mind and not your heart"

    This sounds like being on Ecstasy.
    ejaywillieon April 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Heroin tolerence. He cant find the right dose to get high.
    derekn210on April 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTaking into consideration MGMT's mildly prolific drug background, the idea that this song is about drugs is not an inaccurate one.

    Bruises from injections, feeding "poison," nervously asking if you know if 'its working' all point to an apparent drug theme.

    Purely considering their narcotics references in other songs, it seems that all other possible meaning for this song are quickly thrown out the window.
    eaglesnb164on April 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningits about ecstasy. i saw a live video where they say so before they play the song. good eye yall.

    regarding ecstasy, they're saying, this feels like love, but it just isn't the real thing.
    panamacitybeach3003on May 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning"This song is about taking ecstacy." youtube.com/…

    Very literal song. "How will I know if it[ecstacy]'s working?
    modernr0ckon May 11, 2010   Link

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