"Strings" as written by Sameer Gadhia, Eric Matthew Cannata, Jacob John Tilley, Francois Paul Comtois and Payam Reza Doostzadeh....
Oh what did I say?
She's all shook up
Lost in the summer, man
We're burning up
The time don't show
When the sun gets carried
The tide curves off your body
Oh you'll stay with me

I, now I will show you
It's how I lie
When no one told you

Oh what did I say?
She's all shook up
Vision by the seaside
We move
But I don't know
When the fire gets hazy
The flames roll down and off her body
Oh you'll stay with me

I, now I will show you
It's how I lie
When no one told you

So ride, Sherry, ride, Sherry, ride
I will show you
We'll go in the night
Wondering why no one told you

Now I can walk the stones of the shoreline
And taste the ocean salt when the cold shines
My words are rolling soft down your south side

I, now I will show you
It's how I lie
When no one told you

So ride, Sherry, ride, Sherry, ride
I will show you
We'll go in the night
Wondering why no one told you

Why, you know it goes, you know it goes
Why, you know it goes, you know it goes
Why it goes


Lyrics submitted by switsea, edited by DanoMR98

"Strings" as written by Francois Paul Comtois Eric Matthew Cannata

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    General CommentWhen he says, "we move in knots," it is not only a reference to speed by sea travel because of the previous line's lyric, "vision by the seaside," but it serves as a double meaning to the song's title!

    Strings... we move in knots...
    As beautiful as this girl's company is to him, things are complicated between these two (move in knots).
    ChumaniTatonkaon May 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjudging by the title, Strings, i think it's about how these two people are tied to one another. in the beginning it seems that she's reluctant and "shook up" because he's revealed to her ("it's how i lie, what no one told you?)that he has a reputation of either being a fake [a liar] or that he's been with [lied with/ slept around with] alot of women . with this knowledge, however, she still feels like there's stings attached between them, which is why he knows ahe'll stay with him. the choruses suggest that he's trying to show her how bad he is for her, to prevent her from getting hurt by him, but he still wants her to stay with him. they're a big mess, they "move in knots" but they stay together. in using a name, Sherry, it implies familiarity; they've grown more accustomed to one another. in the last verse ("now i can walk... oh you won't hide") it's apparent that she now trusts him completely. in the last chorus, he realises this and wants to show her that he'll be good to her ("i will show you/ BUT i won't lie"); either he won't lie to her, or in knowing that she trusts him, he won't "lie" with her and then leave her like he has in the past with others.
    gelikaon December 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust wanted to point out that "sherry" could be the french "cherie", which is the same as saying "honey" like "honey, I love you"
    horsegirlon April 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI think you may be off a bit. From what I can hear it's:

    Oh what did I say?
    She's all shook up
    Lost in the summer, man
    We're burning up
    The time don't show
    When the sun gets carried
    The tide curves off your body
    Oh you'll stay with me

    I, now I will show you
    It's how I lie
    When no one told you

    Oh what did I say?
    She's all shook up
    Vision by the seaside
    We move (?)
    But I don't know
    When the fire gets hazy
    The flames roll down and off her body
    Oh you'll stay with me

    I, now I will show you
    It's how I lie
    When no one told you

    So ride, Sherry, ride, Sherry, ride
    I will show you
    We'll go in the night
    Wondering why no one told you

    Now I can walk the stones of the shoreline
    And taste the ocean salt when the cold shines
    My words are rolling soft down your south side

    I, now I will show you
    It's how I lie
    When no one told you

    So ride, Sherry, ride, Sherry, ride
    I will show you
    We'll go in the night
    Wondering why no one told you

    Why, you know it goes, you know it goes
    Why, you know it goes, you know it goes
    Why it goes
    lukesmannequinon October 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionSecond verse:

    "Vision by the seaside,
    We move in our hearts."
    Fire42uckon September 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's definitely "we move in knots." It's nautical speak for speed!
    SarahAnnimalon September 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, what did I say
    She’s all shook up

    it seems like hes talking about a little girl whos lost and doesnt know what to do in life

    Lost in the summer, man
    We’re burning up

    A girl is going to any guy she can just to have a warm body next to her and feel loved and giving herself up

    The time don’t show when the sun gets carried
    The tide curls off your body
    Oh, you’ll stay with me

    He wants her to stay with him becauses hes the only one who treats her like a person not a fuck bag

    I, now I will show you
    It’s how I
    Lie, what no one told ya?

    Hes gonna show her like what real love feels like and make her feel good even if he has to lie

    Oh, what did I say
    She’s all shook up
    Vision by the seaside
    We move in knots

    shes meeting his family for the first time and his mom doesnt like her and hes trying to explain that its not her fault shes that way and shes begining to trust him not like the other guys

    But I don’t know when the fire gets hazy
    The flames roll down and off her body
    Stay, you’ll stay with me

    shes begining to think she can give herself to him like trust him with anything be in a full relationship

    I, now I will show you
    It’s how I
    Lie, no one told ya?
    So rise sherry, rise sherry, rise “I will show ya!”
    We’ll go in the night wondering why “No one told ya!”

    Im guess her name is sherry and shes coming out of her shell and full out showing her colours


    haha my comment was beast anyway





    jaycce11on November 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationA lover used to lying his way in and out of relationships gets discovered. Unfortunately for him, this time HE is in love. A summer spent together now comes to an end but he tries to continue the relationship by making more promises but his lover no longer believes in him "stones on the shoreline" and the "words fall on the south side" as she walks away. The "sherry" probably refers to sherry wine as he now drowns his sorrows in alcohol - "rise sherry rise".
    bocanoton January 04, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionHas anyone heard the reprise version of this song? Both versions are amazing, but the reprise is just a bit slower and low key. I recommend that you head on over to Youtube and give it a listen.

    I love the ocean imagery. So much can be connected with the ocean.The lyrics are very vague though, and it's hard to pick out anything concrete. The title, "Strings" makes me he is connected. "She", so he is connecting with a woman. Though, I think he has a problem with being truthful. She is "all shook up" because of the way he lies. But it's actually these lies themselves that make their relationship fiery and passionate. Wondering why no one every told her, he is going to show her, they will go out in the night. Freud would have a heyday with all the sexual undertones in this song.

    Oh, Young the Giant. I missed a chance to see them live. So bummed out. One of my favorite bands.

    Happy listening,

    Eric
    RiceTongson April 12, 2014   Link

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