"The New Rules" as written by Kele Okereke and Alex Xxxchange....
(Please hang up and try again)

I used to want to bed the world
But now I just get by
Shoot an arrow to the sun
Or as far as it can go
It's alright
I'm learning to be laid back
about things
I'm learning to be laid back
about certain things
about certain things

I used to want to rule the world
But now I just get by
Shoot an arrow to the sun
Or as far as it will go
It's alright
There's nothing to prove anymore
Nothing to lose
I burned away all my desire
The hunger's gone but it's
It's alright
I'm learning to be laid back
about things
I'm learning to be laid back
about certain things
about certain things


Lyrics submitted by glennhwj

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    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about accepting your age as you grow older; taking on responsibility, letting go of far-fetched dreams, and generally just waiting for it all to end.

    And the very first line should be, "I used to want to rule the world"

    Beautiful song, I absolutely adore The Boxer.
    blackbirdzachon July 16, 2010   Link
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    My Opinion
    i'd say he lets go of some ideas in his head, some ambitions that made sense
    and i guess he accepts some things that will never influence much in the world.

    "its all right, theres nothing to prove anymore..."

    (i am 25, but i realize this phase sucks.. wanting the energy you still have to put into somthing constructive...
    but i will accept it in the end that... some expectations and dreams will stay with me, maybe till the end
    life huh?)
    scaredOneon July 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe "please hang up and try again" part

    maybe its an allegory of a short period where you failed already, a period where you act in routines.

    maybe kele wanted to express that after his fire dimnished (burned away all my desire), some moments or aspects of life turned into something that requires new rules.
    scaredOneon July 31, 2010   Link

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