"Under Cover of Darkness" as written by and Albert Hammond Diane Warren....
Slip back out of whack at your best
It's a nightmare
So I'm joining the army

No house phones, but can I still call?
Will you wait for me now?

We got the right to live, fight to use it
Got everything but you can just choose it
I won't just be a puppet on a string

Don't go that way
I'll wait for you

And I'm tired of all your friends
Listening at your door
I want what's better for you

So long, my friend and adversary
But I'll wait for you

Get dressed, jump out of bed and do it best
Are you okay?
I've been out around this town
Everybody's singing the same song for ten years

I'll wait for you
Will you wait for me too?

And they sacrifice their lives
In our land are all closed eyes
They've said it a billion times and they'll say it again
So long, my adversary and friend

Don't go that way
I'll wait for you

I'm tired of all your friends
Knocking down your door
Get up in the morning, yelling no more
So long, my friend and adversary
I'll wait for you


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"Under Cover of Darkness" as written by Fabrizio Morretti Albert Jr Hammond

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  • +7
    General CommentThis is the undisclosed title track of the album. It is about what the band has gone through in the last 5 years. Seperately. The album is titled Angles because of all the different directions the members went through after the exhaustion of the 05-07 tours. They all had solo ventures (Valensi did photography and guested on albums including Sia's '10 release). This song is the backbone of the idea of spliting up and finally coming back together.

    Know how folks back out, I still call
    Will you hate for me now?

    -They tried to get back together but not all members were aboard at the same time-


    Don't go that way
    I'll wait for you

    -Don't do that solo album!! Go back to the band that made you big. Ok, you did, but I will be here when the strokes reform-


    Get dressed jump out of bed and do it best
    Are you ok?
    I've been out around this town
    Everybody's been singing the same song ten years

    -This is a reference to Last Nite and how much they hate the song but it is still their most popular one. Julian is saying move the fuck on!-

    I'll wait for you
    Will you wait for me too?

    -Jules is saying he'll wait for the band members/strokes fans and asking if they'll wait for him-

    And they sacrifice their lives
    In our land are all closed eyes
    I've been saying we're beaten down, I won't say it again

    -The last line in this verse is jules telling the members they have been beaten down as a group, they were overplayed and billed as the saviours of rock and roll. That is too much-

    kyle16813on February 11, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentFINALLY!!!! This song is great. Reminds me of the Is This It album. You think the "Everybody's been singing the same song ten years" line is a reference to the Is This It album?
    chillywilly638on February 10, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Comment
    The song displays great frustration and longing. It's wonderful.

    Nice job with the lyrics!

    IckyThumpzon February 09, 2011   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningPeople are saying it's about the fight between the band but I think it's about war. I mean, he explicitly sings "I'm joining the army" and then he's asking someone to wait for him.

    And I think the lyrics are:
    And I'm tired of all your friends
    Enlisting at your door
    And I won't, I better call you

    Also Julian pretends he's shooting a gun in the music video.

    Then "And they sacrifice their lives
    In their land of all closed eyes" is pretty explicit aswell.
    inés10784on November 02, 2015   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI guess it's about someone who works in the military and has a girlfriend. It's cheesy, I guess, but it's about having to leave a loved one behind.

    -Julian Casablancas.
    harrymuseon March 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat song.

    "i've been all around this town/everyone's been singing the same song for 10 years" compared to the song last night from "is this it?" with the lyric "i've been in town for just about 15 minutes now"

    coincidence? i think not.
    brenno91on February 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSuper helpful. Julian mumbles a f***ton, now i can finally sing along without making stuff up
    ffoolon January 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSlip back out of whack at your best
    It's a nightmare
    So I'm joining the army

    Know how folks back out, I still call
    Will you wait for me now?

    We got the righteous advice to use it
    Got everything if you can just choose it
    I won't just be a puppet on a string

    Don't go that way
    I'll wait for you

    And I'm tired of all your friends
    Listening at your door
    And I won't, I better call you

    So long my friend and adversary
    But I will call you

    Get dressed jump out of bed and do it best
    Are you ok?
    I've been all around this town
    Everybody's singing the same song for ten years

    I'll wait for you
    Will you wait for me too?

    And they sacrifice their lives
    In the land of our closed eyes
    I've been saying a billion times, I won't say it again

    So long, nightmare
    The sorry embrace

    Don't go that way
    I'll wait for you

    I'm tired of all your friends
    Banging down your door
    Get up in the morning, and give it your all
    So long my friend and adversary

    I'll wait for you
    TheStrokesMobon February 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is great. The sound is as good as any other Strokes song, which by the way are all amazing. The guitar is as brilliant and catchy as it was five years ago, something I'm very glad about.

    This song is obviously, as said before, based on where the band has been these last few years.

    I can't wait for the rest of the album.
    Xamtoson February 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm in love with this song. and it came out at such a fitting time, where the lyrics make perfect sense to me. i just love that.
    rans0medon February 16, 2011   Link

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