"Before Your Very Eyes..." as written by Thomas Edward Yorke, Mauro Refosco, Nigel Godrich, Michael Peter Balzary and Joey Waronker....
Look out of the window
What's passing you by
If you really want this
Bad enough

You're young and good looking
The keys to the kingdom

Sooner or later
Sooner or later
Sooner or later
And before your very eyes
And before your very eyes
And before your very eyes

Old soul on young shoulders
How you look when you're older
Time's fickle card game
with you and I

You have to take your chances
The book of forgiveness

Sooner or later
Sooner or later
Sooner or later
And before your very eyes
And before your very eyes
And before your very eyes

(Sooner or later)
(Sooner or later)
Sooner or later
And before your very eyes
And before your very eyes
And before your very eyes


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"Before Your Very Eyes" as written by Mauro Refosco Joey Waronker

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  • +6
    My InterpretationIt's a warning. He's saying to take chances while you still have your youth because sooner or later your youth will vanish before your very eyes.
    snugglecaton March 03, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI take it as a call to arms, and a challenge - the world is out there for the taking, sooner or later it will be yours. What will you do with it? Old soul, young shoulders implies you kids are quite blessed with combined knowledge this day and age, again, What will you do with it? How will the world be when you do finally grab power? Is it worth the wait? Comfort is far over rated. Daring & tolerance could very well pay off...
    jesustron6on March 03, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a reimagining of, or perhaps a direct companion song to, Solitaire by Neil Sedaka.

    Acting a sort of prelude to that song we join the central character before he has lost his love to 'his indifference'. The narrator shows the future implications of his actions to the younger man, forewarning him of what is in store if he carries on down this path playing 'Time's fickle card game' = Solitaire.

    Look out of the window
    What's passing you by?

    And before your very eyes...


    While life goes on around him everywhere
    He's playing solitaire.
    wesleyhenryheadon March 05, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentVERY Incorrect Lyrics...They should be:

    Look out of the window
    What's passing you by?
    If you really want this
    Better know

    But your good look is
    The keys to the Kingdom

    Sooner or Later
    Sooner or Later
    Sooner or Later
    And before your very eyes
    And before your very eyes
    And before your very eyes

    Old soul young shoulders
    How you'll look when you're older
    Time's fickle card game
    That ________(can't make out)

    You have to take your chances
    The book of forgiveness

    Sooner or later
    Sooner or later
    Sooner or later

    And before your very eyes
    And before your very eyes
    And before your very eyes

    Sooner or later
    Sooner or later
    Sooner or later
    And before your very eyes
    And before your very eyes
    And before your very eyes
    canniballzon March 13, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think he means that "sooner or later" all things will pass, and it'll happen "before your very eyes". Youth is soon frittered away... love lost... we grow old and die...the end of the world may soon be upon us, etc.

    His warning to the listener (or his younger self) is: don't waste a moment or you will be filled with regret for those things you didn't do. Doesn't matter so much if you f*ck up, because we're human and everybody makes mistakes... that's where "book of forgiveness" comes into play.
    Lantaon March 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt is about biblical judgment and a plead for the salvation of all. Even the title is taken from Isaiah 13:16. Read the whole chapter to understand.
    raoulsion May 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong is about dying when you were young and seeing the remainder of your life being lived by other people. Almost certainly as a Hellish punishment.
    PeteBurnson November 10, 2013   Link

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