"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" as written by and Kevin Parker....
It feels like I only go backwards baby,
Every part of me says go ahead,
I've got my hopes up again, oh no, not again.
It feels like we only go backwards, darlin'

I know that you think you've set sail when you call my name
But I get it inside my head all day
When I realize I'm just hopin' onto the hope that
Maybe, your feelings don't show

It feels like I only go backwards, baby,
Every part of me says go ahead,
I've got my hopes up again, oh no, not again
It feels like we only go backwards, darlin'

The seed of all this indecision isn't me, oh no
'Cause I decided long ago
But that's the way it seems to go,
When trying so hard to get to something real, it feels

It feels like I only go backwards, darlin',
Every part of me says go ahead,
I've got my hopes up again, oh no, not again
It feels like we only go backwards, darlin'

It feels like I only go backwards, baby,
Every part of me says go ahead,
I've got my hopes up again, oh no, not again
It feels like we only go backwards, darlin'

It feels like I only go backwards, baby,
Every part of me says go ahead,
I've got my hopes up again, oh no, not again
It feels like we only go backwards, darlin'


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"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" as written by Kevin Parker

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  • +13
    General CommentTrying to convince yourself that someone feels the same way about you that you do about them.
    This song is CRAZY good
    BornIndieon October 11, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General Commentit's the helpless feeling when you constantly get your hopes up and then repeatedly get crushed. 'i've got my hopes up again, oh no, not again.'

    and you can't tell whether or not the person actually cares about you but you think about them constantly. 'i hear it inside my head all day.' you're hoping that maybe they actually care but they just don't show it...you hope. wanting something so badly and having no control over the situation.
    mylastnameishorrificallyaccurateon September 27, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentIn the first verse he says "I know that you think you sound silly when you call my name."
    analovenon November 24, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWow. This is fucking amazing. I can hardly believe it.

    There's so much depth of sound to it. That fuck bass guitar! Damn!
    antihexeon October 13, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationINDECISION !!!
    when you dont know if whether give your love to someone and go ahead and built that relationship or just give up because you're scared or you dont want to jump into some relation but still you know that you feel something for that person... So you're trying to figure that out but, because of that indecision sometimes you have the thought of "oh no maybe i souldn't " so you kind of always go backwards on that relationship ...
    Thats why he says that he really wants that person to give everything but he's scared of having his "hopes up again"...Im kind of in that situation and when i heard the lyrics i was totally shocked because im living this exacly situation of "indecision"... It sucks
    tiffanyayala99on January 12, 2015   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's about not knowing when to be real and show your feelings. In the process of the relationship you feel like you're retreating or backing out and there will never be an opportunity to come forward fullheartedly. You don't know how your partner feels and you don't want to get your feelings hurt. It's an awkward position. A true introverted feeling.
    madde2333on February 05, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI really like the vibe of this song. Fucking amazing.
    sedasion December 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionIt definitely is "It feels like I only go backwards LATELY" instead of babe. Of course with this new thing of edits being 'sent to the copyright owner(s) for approval' it will never be corrected.
    temenon November 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSongmeanings botched these lyrics and it's a tragedy. This song is about convincing yourself a relationship is good, that your partner loves you the way you love them. It's one of the most helpless and most trapping feelings if you have had. Most emotional song i have heard from Tame Impala
    Gryphoningon December 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about knowing you have to move on.
    But the incertainty of whether that person still loves you or not, leaves you with a feeling of emptyness, indecision and hope.
    You bring your hopes up, but eventually your expectations shatter and you go back to the start.
    Feeling alone and sad once again, you search for any possible sign of love by that person, so that you can decieve yourself another time into thinking that he/she loves you.
    It's a vicious cycle.

    This is exactly how I feel since my last girlfriend left me, after three years together. Hella good song from Tame Impala!
    FreezySpyon September 29, 2015   Link

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