"We Are Young" as written by and Nathaniel Joseph/dost Ruess....
Give me a second I,
I need to get my story straight
My friends are in the bathroom getting higher than the Empire State
My lover she's waiting for me just across the bar
My seat's been taken by some sunglasses asking about a scar, and
I know I gave it to you months ago
I know you're trying to forget
But between the drinks and subtle things
The holes in my apologies, you know
I'm trying hard to take it back
So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down, I'll carry you home

Tonight, we are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Tonight, we are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Now I know that I'm not
All that you got, I guess that I, I just thought
Maybe we could find new ways to fall apart
But our friends are back
So let's raise a tab
'Cause I found someone to carry me home

Tonight, we are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Tonight, we are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Carry me home tonight (Na na na na na na)
Just carry me home tonight (Na na na na na na)
Carry me home tonight (Na na na na na na)
Just carry me home tonight (Na na na na na na)

The world is on my side
I have no reason to run
So will someone come and carry me home tonight
The angels never arrived
But I can hear the choir
So will someone come and carry me home

Tonight, we are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Tonight, we are young
So let's set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

So if by the time the bar closes
And you feel like falling down
I'll carry you home tonight


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"We Are Young" as written by Nathaniel Joseph/dost Ruess

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  • +12
    General CommentIn an interview in Rolling Stone Nate Ruess, the author and singer of the song. Explained the meaning. The song was written the day after a long night of partying. That night he got so drunk he could barely walk, he even puked in a cab. The song is the progression of the night. The beginning illustrates when he first got into the bar, he was completely there. Maybe their was someone who he broke up with, but that's not the point. The middle is a partially drunk Nate saying everything someone who is drunk says. The last verse is the end of the night. The idea of having someone carry him home is absolutely literal. In the Interview I read Nate explained that by the time he finally got home he had this song in his head, but he couldn't even see straight to write until the next day. This song is nothing more than a chronicle of a really drunk night.
    misstoriaon May 10, 2012   Link
  • +6
    My OpinionThis song clearly positive about the idea of youth, but I don't really understand why people think it's a "youth anthem".

    The chorus begins "Tonight, we are young." The implication of the word "tonight" is that, either literally (age-wise) or figuratively (baggage-wise) that is not normally the case.

    Now, given that this song was written by an actual person who would have actually been approaching 30 years old after an actual night of drunken carousing, I would be inclined to guess that he was mainly feeling nostalgic about someone from his past who he perceives would have always had his back had one of life's complications not come between them.

    But that's just my opinion.
    mootinatoron June 24, 2012   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningIt's about life, and living it to the fullest. It's about having a strong relationship with people and having their backs no matter what. Even you make a mistakes with those people you know they will always be there for you. Not evertything is about sex.
    It's saying go out set the world on fire, burn brightly in that moment but make sure help each other all get home safely so you can do it another time. Have fun but be responsible and if you make a mistake learn to get past it and forgive each other because even if you fall down you're going to need each other to lean on so you carry them or they can carry you home.
    SongKittyon February 06, 2012   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationThe guy who said DUI nailed it (or drunk-driving accident). It's all about having someone you can trust to take you home at the end of the night, and how you establish that trust after breaking it.
    mrgrimmon February 23, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationAm I the only one who thinks this song is deliberately ironic? He sings about being young and setting the world on fire, but they are just in a bar drinking. To a teen or young adult, they ARE living life, but in the scheme of things, they aren't really doing anything meaningful to "set the world on fire". The video seems to underscore this.

    I don't dislike the song, I just think there's another perspective to it. I'd hate for kids to turn it into "we're young; let's get sh*tfaced in a bar and have it mean something."
    cheezfrion June 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGreat song! The meaning of the song is quite straight forward, its about a guy who has made mistakes and wants to amend and apologise but it was too late.

    I don't really understand the music video, I guess cutting apple is somehow symbolic?
    skuxxon September 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHas anyone here ever heard of Carpe Diem poems? It seems like that's what this is. The speaker's pretty much saying: we've had our differences, but let's go home and have sex.

    At least that's what I got. Maybe that's just cause I've spent too much time studying poetry though :-/
    deepwater03on December 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI think it's more about someone you have sex with, a complicated relationship, and saying that you gave yourself to them a while ago and you know they haven't given themself to you and they're sleeping with other people but you don't really care, you'll carry them home and heal their hurt. And they wind up healing yours too.
    And being young and messing up a little and having your world set on fire.
    I guess it struck home with me because it fits a situation I'm in at the moment.
    Jawsforsureon December 19, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI really liked the glee cover, actually. I thought it was a great way of showing forgiveness, you can see this in the way he says "I know you 're trying to forget". If she was trying to forget, then maybe she's trying to fix their relationship, and it seems as though he is too, or at least trying to make her forgive him. He says "I'll carry you home tonight", so he's trying to get the relationship back to the way it was. Also he says "I'm trying hard to take it back", which means that he wants her to forgive her, which shows that this song is about forgiveness.
    dancersluvmusic4evaon December 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI thought of this as a song more about innocence than domestic abuse.
    Such as in the line "I know I gave it to you months ago, I know you're trying to forget"
    It seemed to me more about a guy apologizing to this girl about taking her innocence and hurting her really bad, and wishing he could take it all back because it wasn't worth it to him.
    Saying "So if by the time the bar closes and you feel like falling down I'll carry you home tonight" he is trying to make up for what he did to her by being there for her instead, and perhaps she is drinking away her sorrow over it? Trying to rid herself of the painful memories with drugs and alcohol...

    Either way, lovely song filled with passion and pain.
    Emeraldisleon January 06, 2012   Link

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