"Ohm" as written by and Ira Kaplan James Mcnew....
Sometimes the bad guys go right on top
Sometimes the good guys lose
We try not to lose our hearts, not to lose our minds

Sometimes the bad days may take their grip
Sometimes the good days fade
But the rain today hurts the head to drink

But nothing ever stays the same
Nothing's explained
The harder the we go
The longer we climb

'Cause this isn't the road we know
So say good night to me
Lose no more time
No time
'Cause it's been fun

I heard you called me
From far away, far like the king Tut
Having the voice to make it right
So I just cry

I fell to stay good
So been away
Before I could even see
Tried once more
Lost my ??? and we're gone
But nothing ever stays the same
Nothing's explained
The longer it takes
The looser the times

'Cause this isn't the road we know
So say good night to me
Lose no more time
No time
'Cause this ain't the road

But nothing ever stays the same
Nothing's explained
The stronger ???
The faster ???

'Cause this isn't the road we know
So say good night to me
Lose no more time
No time
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road
'Cause this ain't the road


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"Ohm" as written by Ira David Kaplan Georgia Mia Hubley

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  • +8
    General CommentOhm is a unit of electrical resistance. It's a pretty clever song title!
    elwyn5150on January 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe lyrics are pretty direct and the meaning pretty easy to discern from them: accepting reality, accepting death, accepting change and accepting that not all can be perfect/known/forever. Accepting life as moments and not trying to hold on, against the flow of life, to any particular good or bad moment.
    realitysoldieron January 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor me this song is about the music industry - possibly, I'm very wrong but hear me out.

    Sometimes the bad guys come out on top
    Sometimes the good guys lose
    We try not to lose our hearts, not to lose our minds

    For me, this suggests musicians and rappers who are slight idiots get famous and get all the recognition whereas respectful artists (such as yo la tengo) are still deemed alternative and not famous enough to be mainstream, hence the fact YLT are known as the quintessential critics band. Even though they know this, they try not to lose their hearts and soldier on.

    Sometimes the bad days maintain their grip
    Sometimes the good days fade
    Hurts the brain to think, hurts the hand to drink

    This to me suggests if they smaller bands get a bad review or get criticised, this can have more of an impact and stay in their minds, rather than positive comments and their potential. Because of this, it may cause these artists to overthink (hurts the brain to think) or become disrupted and turn to drink and drugs (hurts the hand to drink)

    But nothing ever stays the same
    Nothing's explained
    The higher we go, the longer we fly
    Cause this is it for all we know
    So say good night to me
    And lose no more time, no time
    Resisting the flow

    I think this refers back to YLT'S status as 'critical darlings'. They refer to all they knowing as having this status - the resisting the flow part suggests to me their resistance to becoming overblown and just another good band who became shit.

    This may be completely pretentious and me just overthinking, but it feels 'right' to me.
    innerspeakeron December 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was


    Because this is it for all we know

    Instead of
    Because this isn't the road we know
    RJMilitanteon May 28, 2015   Link

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