"Disparate Youth" as written by Ricardo Johnson and S. White....
Don't look ahead, there's stormy weather
Another roadblock in our way
But if we go, we go together
Our hands are tied here if we stay

Oh, we set our dreams to carry us
In the middle where we were one
Now we push right past to find out
Or either win what they have lost

Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we won't go
Oh ah, oh ah
Our lives worth fighting for
Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we won't go
Oh ah, oh ah
Our lives worth fighting for

So let them say we won't do better
Lay out the rules that we can't break
They wanna sit and watch you wiggler
Their legacy's too hard to take

Oh, we set our dreams to carry us
In the middle where we were one
Now we push right past to find out
Or either win what they have lost

Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we won't go
Oh ah, oh ah
Our lives worth fighting for
Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we won't go
Oh ah, oh ah
Our lives worth fighting for

In their heads and in their beds
In their eyes it shows
When the freedom breaks
And you ask and they don't know
Oh tell me then
I turn my back while the odds all stand beneath me
And they all said I was mislead
But the odds now standing with me

Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we won't go
Oh ah, oh ah, our lives worth fighting for
Oh, we set our dreams to carry us
In the middle where we were one
Now we push right past to find out
Or either win what they have lost

Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we won't go
Oh ah, oh ah
Our lives worth fighting for
Oh ah, oh ah
We know now we won't go
Oh ah, oh ah
Our lives worth fighting for


Lyrics submitted by FallenFruit, edited by Jango, aidanjtpck, ZillaLee, louis10899

"Disparate Youth" as written by Ricardo Johnson Santi White

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is about a young couple in love... with all odds against them.

    The title "Disparate Youth" tells us that the young couple are disparate (definition: fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar). As the saying goes, opposites attract.

    Love has given the two a dream of a life together. "You know now we want more." "A life worth fighting for."

    "Stormy weather" and "roadblock in our way" allude to the challenges they will face ahead, as they plan to have a future together. "If they (dreams) don't fly we will run" "push past to find out" implies that we will overcome those challenges.

    So let them say we can't do better
    Lay out the rules that we can't break
    They wanna sit and watch you wither
    Their legacy's too hard to take

    This insinuates that other people don't believe they will make it, or even want they to fail because they themselves have failed. They think this couple can't make it because of their own first or some other past love that failed. They can't get over that "legacy" of theirs so they are unable to welcome success to the couple. No matter though, the couple will "win what they all lost."

    In their heads pledging their beds
    In their eyes it shows
    When the freedom breaks
    Well then if you ask and they don't know
    Oh tell me that
    I turn my back while the odds all stand beneath me
    And they all said I was mislead
    But now the odds all stand beneath me

    This part of the song is a mesh of meanings. "In their heads, in their beds. "In their eyes it shows" reinforces that they couple are in love. The following lyrics add on to the doubt others have about them. "But now the odds all stand beneath me" means that they have risen above all odds.

    The song wraps up nicely with:

    We hear them run but don't hear what you say
    Now here we come can't throw nothing in our way

    The two lines refer to the earlier lyrics of running when dreams don't fly/carry them (overcoming challenges), not listening to other people doubting them, and claim that no roadblock or obstacle can get in the way of their love lasting.
    15stepon July 31, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentActual Lyrics:

    Don't look ahead, there's stormy weather
    Another roadblock in our way
    But if we go, we go together
    Our hands are tied here if we stay

    Oh, we said our dreams would carry us
    And if they don't fly we will run
    Now we push right past to find out
    Oh how to win what they all lost

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for
    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    So let them say we can't do better
    Lay out the rules that we can't break
    They wanna sit and watch you wither
    Their legacy's too hard to take

    Oh, we said our dreams would carry us
    And if they don't fly we will run
    Now we push right past to find out
    Oh how to win what they all lost

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for
    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    In their heads pledging their beds
    In their eyes it shows
    When the freedom breaks
    Well then if you ask and they don't know
    Oh tell me that
    I turn my back while the odds all stand beneath me
    And they all said I was mislead
    But now the odds all stand beneath me

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We're frozen to the core
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    Oh, we said our dreams would carry us
    And if they don't fly we will run
    Now we push right past to find out
    Oh how to win what they all lost

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for
    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    We hear them run but don't hear what you say
    Now here we come can't throw nothing in our way
    ay yo
    We hear them run but don't hear what you say
    Now here we come can't throw nothing in our way
    ay yo
    ay yo
    ay yo
    ay yo
    mch101389on February 27, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionSomeone already posted this, but I'll put it under "Lyric Correction" so the lyrics actually get corrected:

    "Oh, we said our dreams would carry us
    And if they don't fly we will run
    Now we push right past to find out
    Oh how to win what they all lost

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for
    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    So let them say we can't do better
    Lay out the rules that we can't break
    They wanna sit and watch you wither
    Their legacy's too hard to take

    Oh, we said our dreams would carry us
    And if they don't fly we will run
    Now we push right past to find out
    Oh how to win what they all lost

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for
    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    In their heads pledging their beds
    In their eyes it shows
    When the freedom breaks
    Well then if you ask and they don't know
    Oh tell me that
    I turn my back while the odds all stand beneath me
    And they all said I was mislead
    But now the odds all stand beneath me

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We're frozen to the core
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    Oh, we said our dreams would carry us
    And if they don't fly we will run
    Now we push right past to find out
    Oh how to win what they all lost

    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for
    Oh ah, oh ah
    We know now we want more
    Oh ah, oh ah
    A life worth fighting for

    We hear them run but don't hear what you say
    Now here we come can't throw nothing in our way
    ay yo
    We hear them run but don't hear what you say
    Now here we come can't throw nothing in our way
    ay yo
    ay yo
    ay yo
    ay yo
    trikkstirron September 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is a very positive song about standing up and doing what is right. Not sure what the song was written for though....
    Genesisfanon December 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter "Oh, we set our dreams to carry us" I hear:

    "And if they don't fly we will run"

    Which is more poetic and makes more sense - but I may be wrong?
    italiancarneon February 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also hear "We know now we want more" instead of "We know now we won't go".
    italiancarneon February 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonReminds me of XTC "Making Plans for Nigel".
    georgiadon April 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationConsidering the content of the video and the time at which the album was released, it seems to me that the song is about the child soldiers in Uganda. "But if we go, we go together
    Our hands are tied here if we stay"; and "a life worth fighting for" seem to match that theme.
    Mstepmooeron October 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it might be influenced by the XTC song, but this is definitely a better one. I think the vocal melody is outstanding. One of the best tunes of 2012.
    carcrashkisson December 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm quite sure the name of the musicians are "Santogold",not "Santigold"...
    vulnaviaon December 08, 2012   Link

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