Headline from this day on
Why you keep pretending that you wanna let go?
Do. Do you wanna let go?
Loud volume turn to low low low low low low

What you want and what you do to me
I’ll take the trouble that you have in mind

Entertainment
Show them what you do with me
When everyone here knows better
What I once refused to be
Is everything they long together
I’d rather be alone

I love, I love, I love, I notice
I heard it all before I died
Before I knew you
Once upon a time would take too long, long, long, long, long, long

What you want and what you do to me
I’ll take the trouble that you have in mind

Entertainment
Show them what you do with me
When everyone here knows better
What I once refused to be
Is everything they long together
I’d rather be alone


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    Song MeaningHeadline from this day on
    "what i will always keep in mind from here on out"
    Why you keep pretending that you wanna let go?
    "why are you acting like this? like you don't want this anymore"
    Do. Do you wanna let go?
    "are you done with what we have?"
    Loud volume turn to low low low low low low
    "we were so strong together and now look at the weak connection between us (volume is a metaphor for the strength of the relationship)"

    What you want and what you do to me
    "I'm not sure what you want out of this but look how you treat me"
    I’ll take the trouble that you have in mind
    "ill put up with whatever you are going to do because i want you"

    Entertainment
    "im just here for your entertainment"
    Show them what you do with me
    "let the people we know see how you treat me"
    When everyone here knows better
    "they don't approve"
    What I once refused to be
    Is everything they long together
    "i once told myself i would never let anybody walk all over me, but look at me now, letting you step all over me. and everyone i know wants the old me back, the me that wouldn't fall for your games"
    I’d rather be alone


    I love, I love, I love, I notice
    I heard it all before I died
    Before I knew you
    Once upon a time would take too long, long, long, long, long, long
    "I love you. I died when i met you and became a whole new person. And before i met you, i heard stories of people that suffered how i suffer now. A perfect love fairy tale would take too long to achieve, so im settling for whatever i have with you now."
    bewtycallon April 26, 2013   Link
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    General CommentGood day everyone! This song by Phoenix is so cool! But let me ask a question, after the end of the line, "I'd rather be alone", Mars is singing something... It's a short phrase that I want to know. Is anybody here knows what he is singing at that part of the song?
    8sakuraba8on July 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationYet another song about how hard life is as a successful entertainer? Similar meaning to MGMT's "Time to Pretend" IMO.
    romy05on April 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know the details whether the lyrics came first or the melody. It appears to be shifted toward a Western ideals of Asian high pitch melodies and languages sounds. This song appears to have several meaning depending on the listener's morals, values and knowledge....China move to better life for all, interracial marriage, American Chinese learning about their heritage and etc...
    rggggon May 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll I know is Phoenix' music is as catchy as heLL PERIOD.

    GREAT Sound ALWAYS.
    eclecticMon June 01, 2013   Link
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    MemoryI saw Phoenix at Lollapalooza and I get shivers down my spine whenever I hear this. By far, one of the best memories I have when Thomas crowd suffered over me
    midnightkittyon September 13, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationReferring others' idea above, I concluded that the thesis of the song is: I'm leaving someone/something that I love so much, cuz now he/she/it has screwed me over so bad.
    CharllyBMFon December 11, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is from wikipedia and sounds pertinent to the song entertainment:

    Mars has provided insight into the circumstances that influenced the creation of the band's fifth album: "At that time, we started talking about success and not music. I guess it was time to protect ourselves and focus on music again."

    the struggle that a band goes through after realizing mega, world wide success.
    stonethroweron December 15, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningI never gave the lyrics much thought until I saw this thread but yes, it does seem like it's about the effects of success.

    What had me started thinking was that this is the first and last song (encore) in a lot of their sets on tour.

    I love songs like this because although you love the band, and you're quite sure they love you back, and you know they probably still love what they're doing, it shines a light on the reality that going on tour is just plain tiring.

    I particularly I love the lines "Before I knew you, once upon a time would take too long, long, long, long, long, long."

    My main takeaway: love the chase. In a lot of things, the chase is always more exciting than the achievement. Life is a journey shit. Haha! :)
    migmolon January 21, 2014   Link
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    General CommentShe is just playing his heart, and it's entertains her.
    eyal91on March 27, 2014   Link

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