"Out on the Town" as written by and Nathaniel Joseph/dost Ruess....
I set all my regrets on fire
Cause I know I'll never take the time
To unpack my missteps and call all of our friends
I figure they would take your side

I make the bed, just not that well
Your name comes up a lot
When I talk to my mom
Oh, I think she can tell

I was out on the town
So I came to your window last night
I tried not to throw stones
But I wanted to come inside
Now I'm causing a scene, thinking you need a reason to smile
Oh no, what have I done?
There's no one to keep me warm
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh

So maybe I should put up a fight
I'll call them back and borrow a box knife
So I can learn to live with all the stupid shit I've been doing since ninety nine

And I know I could be more clever
And I know I could be more strong
But I'm waiting for the day you come back and say
"Hey, maybe I should change my mind"

I drink a lot
I'm not sure if that's new
But these days when I wake up from a night I forgot
I just wish that it never came true

I was out on the town
So I came to your window last night
I tried not to throw stones
But I wanted to come inside
Now I'm causing a scene, thinking you need a reason to smile
Oh no, what have I done?
There's no one to keep me warm

And I know I could be more clever
And I know I could be more strong
And I know I could be more clever
And I know I could be more clever

I knew there would come a day when all was said and done (And I know I could be more clever)
Everything I was is everything but gone (And I know I could be more strong)
All my big mistakes are bouncing off your wall (And I know I could be more clever)
The bottles never break, the sorrow never comes (And I know I could be more clever)
So come on let me in, I will be the sun (And I know I could be more clever)
I will wake you up, I am who I was (And I know I could be more strong)
Just open up your heart, open up your heart, open up your heart (And I know I could be more clever)

I was out on the town
So I came to your window last night
I tried not to throw stones
But I wanted to come inside
Now I'm causing a scene, thinking you need a reason to smile
Oh no, what have I done?
There's no one to keep me warm
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh


Lyrics submitted by smileforthecamera, edited by Mellow_Harsher, brechtsky, gunflair, Alayala, Keurlyn

"Out on the Town [*]" as written by Jack Antonoff Andrew Dost

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  • +3
    General CommentBest song on the new album even if it is a Bonus track. Love this band so much, this album is incredible.
    One thing on the lyrics though...to me it sounds like he's singing:

    'Now I'm causing a scene, thinking you need a reason to smile' instead of 'Now I'm causing a scene, but you need a reason to smile'

    Been wrong before but thats what I hear here
    eamon88on February 22, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correctioneamon88 is correct. The line in the chorus is "Now I'm causing a scene, thinking you need a reason to smile". Also in the last verse where it looks like the submitter couldn't tell what was being said, I believe it's "I will wake you up, I am who I was."

    It's incredibly annoying not to be able to correct these lyrics on here. Oh and by the way, I can't believe this was almost cut from the album. "Bonus Track"? It's one of the best songs on the album. I really hope that isn't an indicator of the direction Fun. is headed...
    roosh77on March 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song! It reminds me of some of the songs from the 80's with the catchy verses and chorus.
    foldsbaldwinon February 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis is definitely my favorite song in the album. It's sounds appeal to me so much and it's very pleasant to listen to. The lyrics are great and the melody is amazing. I wish this song would be promoted more than the others. To think that it is only a bonus track is shocking. I love Fun. and hope that they make more songs like this one. It is truly a special song that moves me to my core. It also never gets old or repetative. Love it and absolutly recommend it! Keep up the splendid work Fun!
    Yigertigeron October 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm absolutely sure this is tying itself to the Format. One of the earlier commenters remarked on the whole:

    "Now I'm causing a scene...Oh no, what have I done?"

    And then all the people here don't realize the

    "I am who I was"

    Is referring back to The First Single and Dog Problems. He's (possibly) regretting all the mistakes he made with the Format?

    Who knows, great song anyway.
    Jk981206on December 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI set all my regrets on fire- (i think he is refering to how he doesnt really care what he is bout to do)
    Cause I know I'll never take the time
    To unpack my missteps and call all off our friends (maybe refering to how he has a group of friends that dont like another group of people)
    I figure they would take your side(they leave him)

    I make the bed, just not that well (he is lazy)
    Your name comes up a lot
    When I talk to my mom
    Oh, I think she can tell (she can tell his affections for her)

    I was out on the town
    So I came to your window last night
    I tried not to throw stones
    But I wanted to come inside
    Now I'm causing a scene, but you need a reason to smile (his causing a scene is making her sad)
    Oh no, what have I done?
    There's no one to keep me warm (she hates him for causing a scene)
    Oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh

    So maybe I should put up a fight (she is probably in a relationship so he wants to put up a fight against her boyfriend)
    I'll call them back and borrow a box knife
    So I can learn to live with all the stupid shit I've been doing since ninety nine (he borrows the box knife to slit his own wrists because all the stupid s*** is pissing him off. the stupid s*** is probably drugs, drinking, and sex ps did the math, he was 17 in '99)

    And I know I could be more clever
    And I know I could be more strong
    But I'm waiting for the day you come back and say
    "Hey, maybe I should change my mind" (maybe he should change his mind about loving this girl)

    I drink a lot
    I'm not sure if that's new
    But these days when I wake up from a night I forgot
    I just wish that it never came true (i think this is understood)

    I was out on the town
    So I came to your window last night
    I tried not to throw stones
    But I wanted to come inside
    Now I'm causing a scene, but you need a reason to smile
    Oh no, what have I done?
    There's no one to keep me warm

    And I know I could be more clever
    And I know I could be more strong
    And I know I could be more clever
    And I know I could be more clever

    I knew there would come a day when all was said and done (And I know I could be more clever)
    Everything I was is everything but gone (And I know I could be more strong)
    All my big mistakes are bouncing off your wall (And I know I could be more clever)
    The bottles never break, the sorrow never comes (And I know I could be more clever)
    So come on let me in, I will be the sun (And I know I could be more clever)
    I will wake you up, I am who [?](And I know I could be more strong)
    Just open up your heart, open up your heart, open up your heart (And I know I could be more clever)
    (this entire stanza is packed with meaning he is saying how he has shown how much of a fool he is and how he feels like a fool for everything so it is "bouncing off the wall, but now he is happy and satisfied with himself and he asks to be her "sun" basically everything that lights her way. he is besseching her to be his)

    I was out on the town
    So I came to your window last night
    I tried not to throw stones
    But I wanted to come inside
    Now I'm causing a scene, but you need a reason to smile
    Oh no, what have I done?
    There's no one to keep me warm (at the end she rejected him and now he is sad because no one is there to be with him.)
    Oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh
    Oh, oh, oh


    P.S. story of my life
    redstrykeron February 28, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis is a rather interesting self-reflective song and easily one of the (if not the) best on the album. Like most others, I'm amazed it's a bonus track, it should've been a single. Its pop credentials are pretty strong.

    In particular, there's a kind of desperate pleading.

    "I knew there'd come a day
    When all was said and done
    Everything I was is everything but gone
    All my big mistakes are bouncing off your wall

    The bottles never break,
    The sorrow never comes
    So come on let me in, I will be the sun
    I will wake you up; I am who I was."

    It's that feeling you have when you've gone too far. You've managed to screw things up by over-correcting, over-reaching, you've really just over-played the hand you've been dealt. And only when the person -- who you care greatly about -- displays how offended they are, do you reel back and realize, "What the hell am I doing?"

    They recoil. They back away from you. And you just want to reach out and say, "Hold on, hold on, I'm sorry. I'm the same person I've always been, don't go." And there's no un-breaking what's been broken. You did wrong, they can't un-remember what's happened.
    Keurlynon March 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't know for certain, but my interpretation of this song is that his significant other has killed themselves because of an argument that they had.
    He says, "I set all my regrets on fire, Cause I know I'll never take the time, To unpack all my missteps and call all of our friends, I know that they would take your side."
    He tried to get rid of his regrets about the fact that they're not alive because of him, but ash is still left, so he only starts to regret more. He knows that he can't speak to his friends because they'll only bring it up to him and make him feel worse, and they'll take her side.
    He's missing her, saying that he "make[s] the bed, but not that well". He wants her back, because now she can't help him do even the most basic things.
    His mother won't let it go, so she always brings it up to him. The reason why is because she still wants to keep him around and remembering his girlfriend and why she died.
    As we get to the chorus, we see him describing the things he's doing because she's gone. He goes to her house and "trie[s] not to throw stones, but [he] want[s] to come inside". He wants to see her house again, hoping that maybe she's still alive and that he can find her where he used to. He's going crazy and "causing a scene" because she's dead and he so desperately wants to see her again. He wants to see her smile, and thinks that she needs a reason to, because she died because of him and he doesn't know where she is. In the last two real lines of the chorus, we hear him breaking down and crying and wondering, "Oh no, what have I done?" He's completely flooded with what's happened, and he realizes,"There's no one to keep me warm."
    People are coming to take her body away now, and he's watching, crying, saying, "So maybe I should put up a fight," and, as they leave, he says,"I'll call them back and borrow a box knife".
    He admits that he's been doing "all that stupid s**t...since '99", but it obviously hasn't been this bad.
    He then seems to start talking to the deceased in begging prayers, saying all of his bad traits, and he's kinda beginning to realize why she killed herself: "And I know I could be more clever, And I know I could be more strong."
    He says, "I'm waiting for the day you come back and say, 'Hey, maybe I should change my mind'". He's hoping that she's still alive, saying that she'll come back and say that she shouldn't do that, and that she'll be back with him.
    He admits he drinks a lot because she's gone.
    The next part is where he says that he still can't get over her death by drinking: "But these days when I wake up from a night I forgot." He then says, "I just wish that it never came true". He was wishing her dead after the argument, sure that both he and she would be better off that way. And he says that it should never have come true, that he wishes that it wasn't.
    He goes on to say that he knew that there'd be a day when her life would end, and now he's basically nothing because it shouldn't've been so soon that her life'd ended. His mistakes are "bouncing off [her] wall[s]," meaning that he can't talk to her, that he can't get through the wall between life and death. He says that, while he's drinking, while the, "bottles [don't] break, the sorrow never comes". But he wants to see her again, he wants to be her "sun" (the light of her life) again. He says that, if she's just open up her heart, she might can hear him again, she might can see him again, she might be alive. But he's wrong, so he just keeps acting like a lunatic because he can't have her back and he never will.

    This is my interpretation of the song. I may be overthinking it, but I do believe that this is what it was about.
    InSAnnityon December 10, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't know for certain, but my interpretation of this song is that his significant other has killed themselves because of an argument that they had.
    He says, "I set all my regrets on fire, Cause I know I'll never take the time, To unpack all my missteps and call all of our friends, I know that they would take your side."
    He tried to get rid of his regrets about the fact that they're not alive because of him, but ash is still left, so he only starts to regret more. He knows that he can't speak to his friends because they'll only bring it up to him and make him feel worse, and they'll take her side.
    He's missing her, saying that he "make[s] the bed, but not that well". He wants her back, because now she can't help him do even the most basic things.
    His mother won't let it go, so she always brings it up to him. The reason why is because she still wants to keep him around and remembering his girlfriend and why she died.
    As we get to the chorus, we see him describing the things he's doing because she's gone. He goes to her house and "trie[s] not to throw stones, but [he] want[s] to come inside". He wants to see her house again, hoping that maybe she's still alive and that he can find her where he used to. He's going crazy and "causing a scene" because she's dead and he so desperately wants to see her again. He wants to see her smile, and thinks that she needs a reason to, because she died because of him and he doesn't know where she is. In the last two real lines of the chorus, we hear him breaking down and crying and wondering, "Oh no, what have I done?" He's completely flooded with what's happened, and he realizes,"There's no one to keep me warm."
    People are coming to take her body away now, and he's watching, crying, saying, "So maybe I should put up a fight," and, as they leave, he says,"I'll call them back and borrow a box knife".
    He admits that he's been doing "all that stupid s**t...since '99", but it obviously hasn't been this bad.
    He then seems to start talking to the deceased in begging prayers, saying all of his bad traits, and he's kinda beginning to realize why she killed herself: "And I know I could be more clever, And I know I could be more strong."
    He says, "I'm waiting for the day you come back and say, 'Hey, maybe I should change my mind'". He's hoping that she's still alive, saying that she'll come back and say that she shouldn't do that, and that she'll be back with him.
    He admits he drinks a lot because she's gone.
    The next part is where he says that he still can't get over her death by drinking: "But these days when I wake up from a night I forgot." He then says, "I just wish that it never came true". He was wishing her dead after the argument, sure that both he and she would be better off that way. And he says that it should never have come true, that he wishes that it wasn't.
    He goes on to say that he knew that there'd be a day when her life would end, and now he's basically nothing because it shouldn't've been so soon that her life'd ended. His mistakes are "bouncing off [her] wall[s]," meaning that he can't talk to her, that he can't get through the wall between life and death. He says that, while he's drinking, while the, "bottles [don't] break, the sorrow never comes". But he wants to see her again, he wants to be her "sun" (the light of her life) again. He says that, if she's just open up her heart, she might can hear him again, she might can see him again, she might be alive. But he's wrong, so he just keeps acting like a lunatic because he can't have her back and he never will.

    This is my interpretation of the song. I may be overthinking it, but I do believe that this is what it was about.
    InSAnnityon December 10, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI don't know for certain, but my interpretation of this song is that his significant other has killed themselves because of an argument that they had.
    He says, "I set all my regrets on fire, Cause I know I'll never take the time, To unpack all my missteps and call all of our friends, I know that they would take your side."
    He tried to get rid of his regrets about the fact that they're not alive because of him, but ash is still left, so he only starts to regret more. He knows that he can't speak to his friends because they'll only bring it up to him and make him feel worse, and they'll take her side.
    He's missing her, saying that he "make[s] the bed, but not that well". He wants her back, because now she can't help him do even the most basic things.
    His mother won't let it go, so she always brings it up to him. The reason why is because she still wants to keep him around and remembering his girlfriend and why she died.
    As we get to the chorus, we see him describing the things he's doing because she's gone. He goes to her house and "trie[s] not to throw stones, but [he] want[s] to come inside". He wants to see her house again, hoping that maybe she's still alive and that he can find her where he used to. He's going crazy and "causing a scene" because she's dead and he so desperately wants to see her again. He wants to see her smile, and thinks that she needs a reason to, because she died because of him and he doesn't know where she is. In the last two real lines of the chorus, we hear him breaking down and crying and wondering, "Oh no, what have I done?" He's completely flooded with what's happened, and he realizes,"There's no one to keep me warm."
    People are coming to take her body away now, and he's watching, crying, saying, "So maybe I should put up a fight," and, as they leave, he says,"I'll call them back and borrow a box knife".
    He admits that he's been doing "all that stupid s**t...since '99", but it obviously hasn't been this bad.
    He then seems to start talking to the deceased in begging prayers, saying all of his bad traits, and he's kinda beginning to realize why she killed herself: "And I know I could be more clever, And I know I could be more strong."
    He says, "I'm waiting for the day you come back and say, 'Hey, maybe I should change my mind'". He's hoping that she's still alive, saying that she'll come back and say that she shouldn't do that, and that she'll be back with him.
    He admits he drinks a lot because she's gone.
    The next part is where he says that he still can't get over her death by drinking: "But these days when I wake up from a night I forgot." He then says, "I just wish that it never came true". He was wishing her dead after the argument, sure that both he and she would be better off that way. And he says that it should never have come true, that he wishes that it wasn't.
    He goes on to say that he knew that there'd be a day when her life would end, and now he's basically nothing because it shouldn't've been so soon that her life'd ended. His mistakes are "bouncing off [her] wall[s]," meaning that he can't talk to her, that he can't get through the wall between life and death. He says that, while he's drinking, while the, "bottles [don't] break, the sorrow never comes". But he wants to see her again, he wants to be her "sun" (the light of her life) again. He says that, if she's just open up her heart, she might can hear him again, she might can see him again, she might be alive. But he's wrong, so he just keeps acting like a lunatic because he can't have her back and he never will.

    This is my interpretation of the song. I may be overthinking it, but I do believe that this is what it was about.
    InSAnnityon December 10, 2016   Link

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