"Youth" as written by Elena Veronica Tonra and Igor Alexandre Haefeli....
Shadows settle on the place, that you left
Our minds are troubled by the emptiness
Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time
From the perfect start to the finish line

And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones
'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs
Setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
The lovers that went wrong

We are the reckless
We are the wild youth
Chasing visions of our futures
One day we'll reveal the truth
That one will die before he gets there
And if you're still bleeding, you're the lucky ones
'Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone
We're setting fire to our insides for fun
Collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home
It was a flood that wrecked this

And you caused it
And you caused it
And you caused it

Well I've lost it all, I'm just a silouhette
A lifeless face that you'll soon forget
My eyes ae damp from the words you left
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest
Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest

And if you're in love, then you are the lucky one
'Cause most of us are bitter over someone
Setting fire to our insides for fun
To distract our hearts from ever missing them
But I'm forever missing him

And you caused it
And you caused it
And you caused it


Lyrics submitted by KittieWriting, edited by jabada, dbkillerex, Solflux, carrie804, progconst

"Youth" as written by Elena Veronica Tonra, Igor Alexandre Haefeli

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  • +23
    My InterpretationGenerally, I think this song is about growing up and the pain this brings along. It's a scream of pain directed to all those adults who think that young people have nothing to worry about and don't take youngsters seriously. She is opposing strongly to this general illusion of a carefree youth.

    "We are the reckless we are the wild youth" to me is meant in an ironic way and is the bottomline of the song, cause clearly this person doesn't feel reckless and wild. At least not in a carefree way as young people are generally supposed to be.

    She is painting an image of her generation: young people who have no clue where to go and how to live life.
    They (want to) die before they grow old (be it by suicide, traffic accidents, drugs,...).
    They set fire to their insides for fun (literally by smoking sigarettes, but also metaphorical by revolting and experimenting with extreme opinions)
    They don't understand love.
    They are just trying...and hurting. The way of life doesn't seem to make sense.

    She lost her home (=childhood or feeling of safety) and some particular event or person caused it. She blames this person for it.

    No matter how dark the song is, somehow I feel she knows this is just how life goes and that's why she is not keeping the song on a strictly personal level, but is also reaching out to others with sentences like "if you're still in love than you are the lucky ones". She does know love or a feeling of home is possible, but at this moment she just doesn't believe it is meant for her, because she is aching too much.
    Belgicaon June 19, 2013   Link
  • +12
    General CommentThis is clearly a very sad and emotional song. I don't know about you, but for me the most intense lyric is "And if you're still bleeding, you're the lucky ones". Such a powerful way of saying that if you are bleeding, it means that you are still alive. Maybe only for a few seconds... but always remember: the unlucky ones are already dead. Be grateful for every second in your life.
    instabilon June 19, 2012   Link
  • +7
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about someone who lost the love of their life... everything now is worthless and meaningless. Life is now but a beginning and an end, and everything in between isn't worth it without that person. Losing them, was losing everything, and nothing else really effects them anymore, you are just emotionless to everything, and you spend the rest of your time doing anything just to distract yourself from thinking of them or missing them, but you always will and it eats at you, and you're the lucky ones if you can still think, and breath, and feel emotion, and you are the lucky one if you love and have not lost.
    gabbivolp3on March 10, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti have the utmost respect for people that a way with words to portray so many people's emotions, Elena is definitely one of these people. you can almost feel the pain while listening to this song.
    Completely agree this is definitely my favourite of hers.
    francescagranton December 21, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThe song is both a reflection of how people treat one another nowadays and of heartache and fear.

    The first verse she describes the mess that was left after he left. And she ponders if it was all worth it to begin with. (destroy the middle, it’s a waste of time, from the perfect start to the finish line)

    The second verse describes the reasons why people mistreat one another, not being connected to each other anymore because we’ve all lost that innocence because we got hurt in love. And we’ll do anything to avoid getting hurt.

    The third verse sounds to me as a sarcastic attack on that way of living. An attack on our generation. She is addressing the person who did this to her quite clearly, getting more personal after the ‘ you caused it’ part.

    She’s afraid she’ll be one of many, as she is saying she’s afraid he’ll forget her. As if she was nothing, but this is not how she sees him. She valued/values him and clearly still misses him.

    This I my interpretation, as I’m going through this.
    Ittooktimeon October 03, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think it's a basic description about youth in general.

    "Shadows settle on the place, that you left.
    Our minds are troubled by the emptiness.
    Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time.
    From the perfect start to the finish line."

    I think it talks about moving from one town/place to another.
    Talks about how at certain points in time, we feel empty, and we feel alone.
    It talks about "perfect start" (Probably meaning when we were born because we had no troubles of our own) to "finish line" (Most likely meaning death)

    "And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones.
    'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
    Setting fire to our insides for fun
    collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
    the lovers that went wrong."

    Heaving through corrupted lungs could be referring to how some teenagers smoke, and it harms their lungs.
    Setting fire to our insides could be directed at the burning sensation you feel after consuming some type of alcohol.
    Collecting names of lovers would naturally be about young love and how love is found and is sometimes lost.

    "And if you're still bleeding, you're the lucky ones.
    'Cause most of our feelings, they are dead and they are gone.
    We're setting fire to our insides for fun.
    Collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home,
    It was a flood that wrecked this..."

    This is probably talking about teenage depression and how people feel that constant sadness and emptiness. Where their feelings are literally dead.
    Collecting pictures (etc) could mean looking back on old memories from the past. (Or it could literally be that there was a flood that wrecked the home..)

    "Well I've lost it all, I'm just a silouhette,
    A lifeless face that you'll soon forget,
    My eyes are damp from the words you left,
    ringing in my head, when you broke my chest.
    ringing in my head, when you broke my chest."

    That could be referring to how usually, people from our lives at young ages end up becoming memories which fade. You lose contact with people that you meet after you hit a certain age or after they move.
    The second part could be talking about love lost or friendships ended where someone said something hurtful that caused tears, and the feeling caused heartbreak and the words constantly rang in their head.
    fayewtfon May 27, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI think it is about the tragedy of loosing a love, and how it all fits in to the journey of growing from child to adolescence, along with other habits associated with a person's youthful day; smoking, drinking, drugs maybe.

    I think the lines, "if you're in love/still bleeding/breathing, you're the lucky ones" are incredibly powerful and are about the fact that if you are able to bleed, to feel pain (physically, emotionally), whatever it may be, then you are lucky because at least you are still can! Some people make the transition from child to adult, with "battle scars", lost relationships, addictions- evidence of other life altering events.

    Mostly though, i think it is about everything in life becoming too much, resulting in a incredibly heartbreaking,beautiful, sad and frustrating break down where, "you caused it" is repeated. Then she sings the last two verses and it's so emotional!. Then "you caused it" is repeated again- a constant shift between sad and angry, fluctuating the way teen hormones do.

    This song however could be about something completely different, and perhaps i'm looking into it too much, but this is the little story that floats about my head when i listen to it....
    Bukunmixoon March 28, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentProbably my favourite song by her. She's a genius. ^.^ The general atmosphere of the songs and the emotion she conveys through her music and lyrics is just... wow.
    KittieWritingon October 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think that it has something to do with the future, it seems like the soceity in the world is getting too cold-hearted, and everything is starting to get messed up, everyone loses their minds about something, and people don't care anymore about themselfes or about others.
    Sounds a bit weird, but thats how I get it :)
    shailoo98on April 14, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think the song is about drugs (substance abuse) and how it affects youth nowadays. The song encapsulates the feelings as a teenager when you leave home and are for once left to your own devices, but there's a sense of confusion and lack of direction in life. Consequently people turn to relationships, which would fail, or drugs, which can screw you up, mentally and physically.

    My favourite lyrics are: 'Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time from the perfect start to the finish line.' as it's so rich in emotion and summarises one of the themes about the pointlessness of life and the battle against this thought as a teen.
    fezzleon April 23, 2013   Link

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