"You Wanted a Hit" as written by James Jeremiah Murphy and Al Doyle....
You wanted a hit
But maybe we don't do hits
I try and try
It ends up feeling kind of wrong

You wanted it tough
But is it ever tough enough?
No, nothing's ever tough enough
Until we hit the road

Yeah, you wanted it lush
But honestly, you must hush
No, honestly, you know too much
So leave us, leave us on our own

And so you wanted a hit
Well this is how we do hits
You wanted a hit
But that's not what we do

You wanted it real
But can you tell me what's real?
There's lights and sounds and stories
Music's just a part

Yeah, you wanted the truth
And then you said you want proof
I guess you're used to liars
Saying what they want

And we won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies 'til you take us home

No, we won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies anymore
We can't be your babies 'til you take us home

Yeah you wanted it smart
But honestly, I'm not smart
No, honestly, we're never smart
We fake it, fake it all the time

Yeah you wanted the time
But maybe I can't do time
Oh we both know that's an awful line
But it doesn't make it wrong

You wanted it right
No out of mine and out of sight
No dirty bus and early flight
No seven days and forty nights

Yeah you wanted a hit
But tell me, where's the poignant?
You wanted a hit
But that's not what we do

And we won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies 'til you take us home

No, we won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies anymore
We can't be your babies 'til you take us home

And we won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies 'til you take us home

No, we won't be your babies anymore
We won't be your babies anymore
We can't be your babies 'til you take us home


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"You Wanted a Hit" as written by James Jeremiah Murphy Alan Thomas Doyle

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  • +4
    General CommentTo me this song is a statement about authenticity. Lots of music comes out as an expression of a spontaneous , creative drive but usually in the "real world" that has to be met with or compromised by money, consumer demand, demographics etc. This song is about saying fuck you to the "real world" by questioning the validity of it's demands (ie: "You wanted it real/but can you tell me what's real?").
    sdjustinron May 12, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe way I see it it's commenting on 'Drunk Girls'.
    Drunk Girls is different from most of LCD's music. It's one of their more commercialised songs, fitting into presupposed pop structures making it radio-friendly.
    It's a three minute something song, while the rest on the album were upwards of six minutes each. It seems kind of shallow. Although the lyrics can be seen a few different ways and closer analysis can show that Drunk Girls is actually making some pretty intelligent comments as a parody; it still half functions as a generic pop hit.
    So to me 'You Wanted a Hit' is a kind of disclaimer for that song.
    Like he says,
    'You wanted a hit
    But maybe we don't do hits
    I try and try
    It ends up feeling kind of wrong'

    Drunk Girls, in comparison to the rest on the album, does feel 'kind of wrong'.
    Tillermanon October 01, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentif you watch an interview with james murphy, he says the song is based on a conversation he had with this other musician he was surfing with who told him he should make a hit, but james didnt think 'hit's' were really his style, so to speak.
    nboileauon August 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think sdjustinr's interpretation is spot on.

    The line "We can't be your babies 'til you take us home" is really interesting to me. The best meaning I could connect to it is kind of obvious, but it goes with the "fuck you, record companies" theme.

    "babies" - meaning offspring. Something for the record companies to call their own. Also, 'to baby' someone is often used to mean 'cater to'. That may play a part in this line.
    "take us home" - meaning the record companies take care of the bands, and provide more of their needs

    Plenty of bands in the industry (especially when they move to a larger label) have said their company hardly does shit for them. Until the record labels provide more support (monetarily and/or creatively) to bands, why should they cater to the record companies and give in to their requests for "hits"?


    lovelyeccentricon May 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"You wanted a hit
    But maybe we don't do hits
    I try and try
    It ends up feeling kind of wrong"

    This part really got me to think, at first, that this song was about an annoying drug addict friend you may have, but I'm pretty sure it has both meanings, both about the record company and drugs.
    irinakimon March 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWell, sounds like a big F*ck You to record label marketing execs.
    wayno52on April 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"But tell where's the point in it?" Not But tell me where's the poignant.
    Shyvanon April 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it metaphorically talked about marijuana,?
    BunnyRaion June 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think like sdjustinr,
    it's about staying true to yourself even when people pressure you not to be
    natrat88on July 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere as there are some mentions of drugs and recovery on this album this song is definately about them as a band sticking up for what they believe in. To me sounds like a band that has become popular through means that isn't just their music and now their sick of it and they want to go back to what got them there in the first place, their music thats what i think the line "We won't be your babies 'til you take us home" is about. It like saying we don't want to be your stars unless we can create the music we want.

    You wanted it real
    But can you tell me what's real?
    There's lights and sounds and stories
    Music's just a part

    I think here he means the fabrication that goes into creating a band or a musician and how its about so much more then the music, thats just a part of the 'act'
    forever23on August 07, 2010   Link

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