"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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  • +24
    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
  • +6
    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
  • +5
    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 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
  • +3
    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
  • +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
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think A few people are close, but this is what i pick up from the song.

    "Shadow settle, on the place, that you left.
    Our minds are troubled by the emptiness."
    -She is moving away from a place that she spent a lot of time in, and possibly grew up in. And she's looking back and realizing that this place is empty. Everything She once loved about this place isn't actually contained in this place, but in her mind.

    "Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time.
    From the perfect start, to the finish line."
    -This is where she starts to talk about a person she was romantically involved with. She's saying it was so perfect in the beggining, but when this person came into her life, it went down hill. Hence why she says "destroy the middle, it's a waste of time" She's saying that this lover was a waste of time and she wishes it had never happened.

    "And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones,
    'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs."
    -Now she is talking about the aftermath of leaving. She says that you're lucky if you can even breath, because the emotional trauma is suffocating her.

    "Setting fire to our insides for fun.
    Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong"
    -(I'll talk about the first line later on). She's saying that she can go through her memories and point out all of her past loves that have gone wrong, and she is sick of loving.

    "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."
    -This line is why i believe she is leaving the place she grew up in, because she is talking about being young and careless, and thinking about her future. The last two lines are again talking about the lack of wanting to fall in love again, because she says that you will die before you ever reach my heart again.

    "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, of the flood that wrecked our home.
    It was a flood that wrecked this home."
    -The singer is now talking about the emotional constipation that she feels (probably because of teenage depression and emptiness, and the loss of her love). She's saying if you can even feel pain, you're lucky that you can at least feel anything. (again, I will address the line "setting fire to our insides, later). The "Collecting pictures" part is about searching through her memories, trying to find where they went wrong (hence "the flood that wrecked this home" The home being their relationship). She then goes on to realize that it was her lover who caused the relationship to fail because she follows with "you caused it".

    "Well I've lost it all I'm just a silouhette.
    A lifeless face that you'll soon forget."
    -She is saying that everything she once was is lost now, and that her lover will soon forget her.

    "And my eyes are damp, from the words you left.
    Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest X2"
    -Now she is talking about the sadness she feels about how they ended, the words he said when they parted, And how they keep ringing through her head. "When you broke my chest" sounds shallow at first, like a clever way to say 'broke my heart'. But i think it has deeper meaing. It's almost more viceral, like he not only broke her heart, but everything in her being.

    "And if you're in love, then you are the lucky ones.
    '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."
    -These lines, I believe, are the focus of the song. She is saying if you have found love and not lost it, then you are incredibly fortunate. Because you have never felt the hurt of being left, or having to leave, and then ending up hating the person. Now I will finally address this line, because this is where i believe it has the most meaing. She says "Setting fire to our inside for fun" This is saying that she is willing to do anything just to feel something, whether it be harmful or not. She will also do anything to make her forget about the hurt she is feeling, and make her forget about this lost lover. but she goes on to say that she believes she never will.
    She finishes by saying this person is the cause of all her distress and misfortune with "You caused it" X3.

    RemyCielon July 18, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like to decipher what a song means based on if I was thinking or feeling the words, so in in some cases that means switching the gender roles. Either way, it means a lot of the same to most of who's different.

    "Shadows settle on the place, that you left
    Our minds are troubled by the emptiness"
    - Dark thoughts as well a what is perceived as harsh and cold truths dwell.
    The person(s) involved are all unable to come to terms, because everyone is too proud to inquire or be the first to admit some sort of fault. Everyone is displaying some sort of malice because no believes the other is at fault. Everyone is pointing the finger at each other.

    "Destroy the middle, it's a waste of time
    From the perfect start to the finish line"
    - The idea of not taking a side is beckoning. There are stern opinions of what is right and wrong. Past and present ideas collide, as well as people, places and things. The catalyst may have a side chosen, but because of everything that keeps them apart, she/he is never able to make a case, or a stake a claim

    "And if you're still breathing, you're the lucky ones
    'Cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs"
    - If you still in ways have your innocence, if you have not been victim or the subject in intricate and deceitful schemes, than you are truly fortunate. We all have our skepticism and speculation about who and what

    "Setting fire to our insides for fun
    Collecting names of the lovers that went wrong
    The lovers that went wrong"
    - Abusing our bodies to feel joy, to numb ourselves, to block out the idea that we may never make right what was made wrong, even though it may be more complicated than he did/she did. Looking back on past failed relationships with indifference, or maybe something other than that

    "We are the reckless
    We are the wild youth
    Chasing visions of our futures"
    - Young and stuck in our youthful ways, we don't realize how precious time is as well as the relationships that have built us and guided us over the years. People who meant the world become part of our past without a second guess based on what we are lead to believe is right. We party our years away as an escape mechanism and use the folly of our youth as an excuse. we are constantly torn about what it is we should pursue, because there in many cases there is a great different between our passion and what we need to do for security and survival.

    "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"
    - One day, we'll be forced to face our demons. We will possibly learn the truth, or we won't, it will depend on whether the true answers are held by the one who may pass before that day of reckoning. Unfortunately, there is a good chance the ones being hurt most in this instance will never know the truth because of their inability to look past the previous mistakes. Again, everyone involved has become cold because they fear vulnerability. They fear they will be hurt or betrayed again. And if you still feel you are lucky, because many have lost their ability to feel. The act of feeling/suffering is looked at from an alternate perspective.

    " '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"
    - Again they have become numb. This person(s) may have faced some extreme hardship in their life and they have slowly but surely accepted the fate of what is. they review pictures of their past because those were the days that everything was good or just or right. Or at least, they thought that the people who loved them were genuine. In this case the individual may be learning that those who said they loved him/her never really loved them at all, and may, in fact be the reason this individual is facing hardship and death today.

    "And you caused it
    And you caused it
    And you caused it"
    - his/her reference to a person or group that has inflicted this detriment, that either sabotaged his/her relationships or just their life in general.

    "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"
    I am a shadow. Every pedestal you ever set me on has crumbled beneath my feet because you no longer believe in me. I am forced to revel in the things I'd rather not to find any sort of comfort. Solace in anger becomes this person's only power. The person may believe that the individual's in question may have actually caused this for her/him. I am becoming more and more like what everyone expects me to and I am losing my benevolent soul in the process. I am nothing but a pale shell of what I used to be, physical and mentally sick. I am hurt by the abandonment. The writer can't believe that after all this time and all they've been through, she/he is left to face this on their own

    " Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest
    Ringing in my head, when you broke my chest"
    - His/her heart broken. His/her spirit destroyed. The thoughts reverberate

    "And if you're in love, then you are the lucky one
    'Cause most of us are bitter over someone"
    - speaking out to exterior sources, saying that if you do have love than you are better off than the ones who are resentful

    "Setting fire to our insides for fun
    To distract our hearts from ever missing them
    But I'm forever missing him"
    - Killing ourselves. Suicide by insertion. Using drugs and alcohol. The person they wish would reach never does. The only thing that makes him/her feel alive are the things that will be their downfall.

    " And you caused it
    And you caused it
    And you caused it "
    - Pain pointed in blame.
    Were7533on September 30, 2013   Link

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