"Welcome To Japan" as written by and Nick Valensi Fabrizio Moretti....
If we don't watch the sun
It will rise
If we don't take our time
It's not wise

Putting posters up
For your band (Hey, we're playing, ome by)
Now I'll tear them down
With my hand

I didn't want to notice
Didn't know the gun was loaded
Didn't really know this
What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?

Come here and go get with me
I wanna see you Wednesday
Come on, come on, come over
Take it off your shoulder
Come on and pull me over
We gotta get to work now
Sliding it off your shoulder
As we're falling over

Oh, welcome to Japan!
Scuba-dancing!
Touchdown!

I didn't want to notice
Didn't know the gun was loaded
Didn't really know this
What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?
I didn't want to bore you
Didn't wanna pick up your shit for ya
I've been ready to do this
I'll be there

Come here and go get with me
I wanna see you Wednesday
Come on, come on, come over
Take it off your shoulder
Come on and pull me over
We gotta get to work now
Sliding it off your shoulder
As we're falling over

You did it alone
You did it for fun
You did it for everyone who's on the run
You're not just a friend
You'll be born again
We'll be in this race until the very end
He lives on the phone
He cheats on his clone
You'll never believe me 'til you're on your own

Comes in once a month
And he never leaves
He said he is broken
Yet he lives free
Didn't wanna floor ya
I didn't wanna be there for ya
Didn't wanna warn ya
I'll be there


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"Welcome to Japan" as written by Fabrizio Moretti Albert Jr. Hammond

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  • +2
    My InterpretationI think its about a man who leaves to go touring with his band and how he cheats on his woman back home by having sex with women while on tour. Towards the end of the song he feels the guilt for what he is doing and how he is barely home. I also think the title of the song, "Welcome To Japan," is a sort of justification of his actions. Sort of asking, "what do you expect?" Also maybe he isn't necessarily in Japan, maybe he is just using Japan to describe how far apart he feels from his woman back home.
    Tinterpreton April 22, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song on the album. The last minute or so is fantastic
    Pauperon March 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song obviously has something to do with cheating on someone that is just like you ("you're not just a friend, you're me born again" "he cheats on his clone") and then not expecting it to be so harmful ("i didn't know the gun was loaded").
    nelly021on March 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kinda think it's random ultimately, but if you want to try to put meaning to it it seems to me like it's about casual sex and an affair on a bad relationship... in Japan. Whatever it's about it's one of their best songs for me!
    erolsabadoshon March 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it has to with a rockstar who is getting with this girl and he gives off that typical rockstar vibe and she doesn't care still is choosing to be with him versus this everyday dude who has come to Japan and fallen for her and he's saying maybe I can't give you everything he can (drive a lotus) or be willing to kiss your ass as he does (pick up your shit for you) but I am every bit the man he is and he just wants her to give him a chance with her.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon April 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWelcome to Japan is basically about The Strokes being forced by their record label to produce another album.

    "Putting posters up
    For your band
    (This lyric is written about the past, when the strokes first started playing gigs)
    Now I'll tear them down
    With my hand"-
    (This lyric is about present day, They resent touring now as it's forced)
    sergejoshingon June 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHi
    Lizzythepandaon March 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIf we don't watch the sun
    It will rise

    the person is becoming aware that the world doesn't revolve around them
    but he has a band, the way Julian sings "we're playing come by" shows that the band thinks they are good


    I didn't want to notice
    Didn't know the gun was loaded
    Didn't really know this
    What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?

    this part is kind of absurd. it sounds like an excuse but you end up seeing the real intentions when they say "What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?"

    Come here and go get with me
    I wanna see you Wednesday
    Come on, come on, come over
    Take it off your shoulder
    Come on and pull me over
    We gotta get to work now
    Sliding it off your shoulder
    As we're falling over

    This is someone trying to "save" them. That person wants to take the guy's chip off his shoulder. "Sliding it off your shoulder" "Take it off your shoulder"

    Oh, welcome to Japan!
    Scuba-dancing!
    Touchdown!

    by the entonation of casablancas and the random words said we can guess it alludes to the band that thinks they are so cool like japan I guess.



    You did it alone
    You did it for fun
    You did it for everyone who's on the run
    You're not just a friend
    You'll be born again
    We'll be in this race until the very end
    He lives on the phone
    He cheats on his clone
    You'll never believe me 'til you're on your own

    this is another voice telling the main guy why he pulled the trigger

    I never understood the "I'll be there"
    inés10784on October 26, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think that this song has something to do with feeling compared to someone. But also sex.
    nelly021on March 19, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis songs reminds me of when I'm on my period.
    This has a really strong '70s vibe to it which is really cool .

    ...when Jules says Welcome to Japan...! <33
    onegoodreasonxxon March 27, 2013   Link

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