"Wetsuit" as written by Justin James Hayward-young, Freddie Cowan, Arni Hjorvar and Peter Robinson....
If at some point we all succumb
For goodness sake, let us be young.
'Cause time gets harder to outrun,
And I'm nobody, I'm not done.
With a cool, cool breeze and dirty knees,
I rest on childhood memories.
We all got old at breakneck speed,
Slow it down, go easy on me.

Go easy on me.

Put a wetsuit on. Come on, come on.
Grow your hair out long. Come on, come on.
Put a t-shirt on. Do me wrong, do me wrong, do me wrong.

If it's up and after you,
What do you suppose that you would do?
You're all whacked out from lack of sleep,
You blame it on the friends you keep.
Well, you wanna do things differently,
Go do them independently.
We all got old at breakneck speed,
Slow it down, go easy on me.

Go easy on me.

Put a wetsuit on. Come on, come on.
Grow your hair out long. Come on, come on.
Put a t-shirt on. Do me wrong, do me wrong, do me wrong.

Put a wetsuit on. Come on, come on.
Grow your hair out long. Come on, come on.
Put a t-shirt on. Do me wrong, do me wrong, do me wrong.

Does holy water make you pure?
Submerged, your vision's just obscured.
You're a lot like me, in up to our knees.
In over your chest is way too deep.

So, put a wetsuit on. Come on, come on.
Grow your hair out long. Come on, come on.
Put a t-shirt on. Do me wrong, do me wrong, do me wrong.

Put a wetsuit on. Come on, come on.
Grow your hair out long. Come on, come on.
Put a t-shirt on. Do me wrong, do me wrong, do me wrong.


Lyrics submitted by KyHunt

"Wetsuit" as written by Arni Hjorvar Arnason Justin James Hayward-young

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +8
    General CommentGo easy on meeeee

    First of all, this song is beautiful.

    This is in a review by Q Magazine about this song: "Destined to be the significant closing track to a thousand teenage mixtapes, the band of the moment clock up an epic (for them) four-minute ballad evoking youth passing all too quickly. Altogether now: Put a wetsuit on/Grow your hair out long/Put a T-shirt on. What does it all mean? Like all the best dumb pop lyrics, nothing and absolutely everything."

    This song is indeed about youth passing too quickly. When you're young you do adventurous things in a wetsuit (and look silly), you grow your hair out long (guys and girls) because you can, and you wear t-shirts because every day is casual friday. So this song is about doing things like these because you're young enough to get away with them. You don't get enough sleep, you blame everything on your peer pressuring friends, etc. But most importantly, us youngins should be cut some slack because we're noobs.
    razzledazzleroseon March 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI had an epiphany the other day and realised (I think) that the line' does holy water make you pure?' is basically asking if we have tom get older to live. The wetsuit is a metaphor for accepting that you have to get older and grow up, and the line 'do me wrong, do me wrong, do me wrong' is just asking for life to throw what it can at him.

    Nobody wants to get older but it's something we have to do - but we can cling to youth; wear a t shirt, grow your hair out.

    My two cents.
    Lyrianon December 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti honestly thought this was about conforming to the culture around you whether you like it or not, i thought putting on a wetsuit was a metaphor for making yourself up to have an outward appearance that is on par with what the culture says you should be like to be cool or whatever

    haha sometimes i romanticize things too much
    timhallon August 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song and the whole mantra behind it is about allowing yourself room to make mistakes and be young and foolish while you still can. When you're young you're expected to be stupid but our time for irresponsibility and irrationality is limited,so take advantage of it because youth is fleeting. I think "timhall" does have a point with the wetsuit representing something more than just a random outer-garment. But instead of it being a conformity example,I imagine that the "wetsuit" is a metaphor for keeping out the water, namely "responsibility". He's running away from adulthood and time. That one lyric "Slow it down,go easy on me" is constantly being repeated. He's begging for more time to be carefree because once the time comes to grow up and be an adult there's no turning back. Basically,be foolish while you can ;). Although,I lean more toward Steve Jobs's way of thinking,"Stay Foolish. Stay Hungry." ;). Why ever stop? I say that LIFE is limited,only when you're dead is it over,here on Earth anyhow :).
    SoCallMeCrazyon October 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes holy water make you pure? <-- (god, religion)
    Submerged your vision's just obscured <-- (submerged in religion)
    You're a lot like me <-- (...)
    In up to our knees <-- (in just enough, to the max)
    In over your chest is way too deep <-- (at a certain point its to much)

    A wetsuit - protection from the denigration of individuality and youth freedoms.
    beforedeniedon November 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think the wetsuit should be taken literally - go to the beach, put a wetsuit on, go surfing, grow long hair, wear t-shirts.

    Basically just do stuff for fun and freedom while you can; surfing is surely one of the free-est ways to do that.

    So go on then - get a wetsuit and hit the beach!
    pickanmeon December 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrazzledazzlerose (and the article they quoted) are absolutely right. It's also about embracing your youth and doing stupid things while you still have time to do them.

    "Come on, Come on, Do me wrong"

    :) amazing song
    RoyBoyCoyon June 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningJustin Young (Vaccines' frontman) said this about "Wetsuit"
    "This is a song about not wanting to get old. The lyrics are silly and they’re supposed to be. I love the drum beat."

    (Source: craveonline.com/music/articles/…)
    tracyjackson June 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song on the album.
    sized13on October 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely love the Vaccines, the album is brilliant. This song was the only one I skipped over when I first got it, but now its my favourite, without a doubt. Makes me feel all reminiscent.
    Han1991on October 13, 2011   Link

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