Sometimes life, it takes you by the hair,
Pulls you down before you know it, it's gone and you're dead again
I've been in places and I won't pretend
That I'd make it out just to fall on my head

Wake up strange, take a walk downstairs
Hit the pawn up on the corner and pay for my rent
You know that I could not believe my own truth
Just show them what I choose, got nothing to lose
Ohh

Yeah yeah and it's okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don't fall that way
Yeah yeah and I'm alright
I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight

You know those days when you want to just choose
To not get out of bed, you're lost in your head again
You play the game but your kind of cut
Cause you're coming down hard and your joints are all stuck

I've tried to say that it's not the only way
I never knew if I could face myself to change
You were pacing, I was insecure
Slip and fall, I'm dodging calls, hug the prison I've been living in

Yeah yeah and it's okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don't fall that way
Yeah yeah and I'm alright
I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight

Yeah yeah and it's okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don't fall that way
Yeah yeah and I'm alright
I took a sip of something poison, took a sip of something poison, but I'll hold on tight

Yeah yeah and it's okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don't fall that way
Yeah yeah and I'm alright
I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight


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  • +10
    My InterpretationThis song is autobiographical. Mr. Foster was a drug addict in his late teens. Tis correct that this song is about a typical drug addict in Los Angeles (as mentioned by another here) which Mr. Foster knows all too well from personal experience. The lyrics bear this out as they describe the emptiness and realization that this lifestyle was debilitating. However, the official video makes this all the more plain. Using imagery of a metropolis in ruins, a postcard suggesting that the city is a paradise as opposed to the actual ugly hell it is for most, and a clan of seemingly hostile children a la Children of the Corn or Lord of the Flies, who represent those who might try to intervene to save an addict from himself. At first they appear hostile and malevolent but in the end they are in fact the saviors, as they have rescued him and restored his lost youth.
    poet417on January 11, 2012   Link
  • +9
    Song Meaningi heard them say somewhere on an interview its about the la party scene. they made some glorious reference to that time when you come back from a party and think: now what? pretty relatable to any kid now or anyone who was ever a kid with a sense of adventure. you're just kind of wondering, fun is fun, but what comes next?
    ihavegoodtasteinmusicon May 22, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis song it comforting to me because he's generally talking about getting back on your feet when times get hard in life.
    Gbo93on July 07, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDepression, for sure. I mean, everyone has their forms of depression. Everyone has that one thing to take the pain away. And I think that is what they are talking about in this song. I think that they are talking about the emotional hangover from a previous depressed night. Along with just depression in general.
    I don't know. I love this song. I love Foster The People. I feel like I can relate to all of their music. Everything they have written comes from a dark place. Or an extremely happy place. Bipolar? I don't know. I'd like to know. I love this Album. It is delicious.
    kaitlyntaylor123on October 14, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionLyrics from the iTunes LP:

    Sometimes life it takes you by the hair
    Pulls you down before you know it, it's gone
    And you're dead again
    I've been places and I won't pretend
    Yeah I'd make it out just to fall on my head

    Wake up strange and take the walk downstairs
    Hit the pawn up on the corner and pay for my rent
    You know that I could not believe my own truth
    Just show them what I choose, got nothing to lose

    Yeah yeah and it's ok
    I tie my hands up to the chair so I don't fall that way
    Yeah yeah and I'm alright
    I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight

    You know those days when you want to just choose
    To not get out of bed, you're lost in your head again
    You play the game but you kind of cut
    Cause you're coming down hard and your joints are all stuck

    I've tried to say that it's not the only way
    I never knew if I could face myself to change
    You were pacing, I was insecure
    Slip and fall, I'm dodging calls, hug the prison
    I've been living in
    nbdnbdnbdon June 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is a good song.. It just gives you the jolt you need for the day. Just stand up again.
    1watermelon1on July 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFoster the people are so deep with their lyrics!
    piper888on September 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Comparisonthis song is about the people who go out and party and get totally wasted and when they come back to their house and its a dump and they say now what like what ihavegoodtasteinmusic said thats what they said in an interview on AltNation a couple days ago
    colonel95on May 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove this one!!!
    adeleineeon February 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI believe the lyric is "That I make it out just to fall on my head." instead of "That I make it I just follow my head."
    Eibwenon February 16, 2011   Link

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