"Despair" as written by and Karen Lee Orzolek Nicholas Joseph Zinner....
Don't despair, you're there
From beginning, to middle, to end
Don't despair,
You're there through my wasted days
You're there through my wasted nights

Oh despair, you've always been there
You've always been there
You've always been there
You're there through my wasted years
Through all my lonely fears, no tears
Run through my fingers, tears
They're stinging my eyes, no tears

If it's all in my head there's nothing to fear
Nothing to fear inside
Through the darkness and the light
Some sun has got to rise

My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun

Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun

My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun

Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun

Oh despair, you were there through my wasted days
You're there through my wasted nights
You're there through my wasted years
You're there through my wasted life

You've always been there
You've always been there
You've always been there
There through my wasted years
Through all of my lonely fears, no tears
Run through my fingers, tears
They're stinging my eyes, no tears
We're all on the edge, there's nothing to fear
Nothing to fear inside

Through the darkness and the light
Some sun has got to rise

My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun

Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun

Some sun has got to rise

My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun
My sun is your sun

Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun
Your sun is our sun

Some sun has got to rise


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"Despair" as written by Karen Lee Orzolek Brian Chase

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  • +1
    General CommentOn an album that has very 'confused' production & limps along for the most part, the acoustic versions of this & Wedding Song (on the deluxe edition) are among the best the band have written.
    MistahBungleon August 31, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's arguably one of the most melancholic tracks on the Mosquito album. I feel that it's about the darker aspects of humanity and the lyrics confront the pain, despair, and emptiness experienced as a result. However, I think the song as a whole suggests that while such experiences are inevitable they will eventually pass ("some sun has gotta rise"). I like how the song examines how such suffering affects people but also has an encouraging tone insisting that it's better to let whatever it is that's disturbing us run its course because we will get through it in the end.
    AnonymousPeteron June 07, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an amazing song.

    Just a testament to Karen O's beautiful voice and awe-inspiring writing talent. Of course, Nick and Brian deserve their credit too. Just an awesome song all around.
    EvilDEAD326on October 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor me it's a song about some person close to singer who is is dead. But that person is still somewhere "there through my wasted days, there through my wasted nights". This knowledge encourages singer ("there's nothing to fear inside"). And even her beloved is dead, there is still same sun in the sky which was also her/his ("My sun is your sun").
    simaCZon October 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this is supposed to be an uplifting song. You acknowledge the despair and regrets you have in life. But also recognize that there's hope in the future.

    The sun is just a symbol for light which is like a symbol for hope. In addition it's the same sun for all of us. You just need to look up at it and feel it to get this warm embrace.

    I can't fully explain the lines of most yeah yeah yeah songs but this is the general feel I get from the rise in tone of the song and brightness of the music video.
    obesechicken13on August 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis is one of the greatest songs by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Have you seen the video? If not, you must!

    Quick take: You can always count on despair and sadness. When everything else around you leaves you, sadness and despair actually becoming a comforting friend. I have always found a friend in music during trying times.
    I think Karen O nails it with her direct connection to the acceptance and relation to these feelings.
    The feelings of despair become a comforting feeling... who knew?!

    Great song!!
    dscrunchyon March 14, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song is about missing someone you love, either because they died or they're just no longer with you. And it's about all the time you don't see them and try to get over it. Despair comes, and it stays through all the time you just waste missing that person (You're there through my wasted days, nights, years) all the time you look back and see you just wasted living in pain or regret or in auto pilot. Singer also emphasizes on the fact that missing this person hurts even more because she/he has always had fears related to loneliness. But then, after all the pain, singer realises all this can't last forever, even if it seems like a whole life he/she wasted, someday it's gonna stop, and the sun will rise (the same sun that one day his/her beloved made them see).
    carlavimon May 18, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually see this song as a comforting to someone who feels slighted by Karen; she's reassuring them they're important to her; "don't despair - you're there - from beginning to middle to end" as well as "my sun is your sun, your sun is our sun."
    Basically, Karen is saying even if you aren't aware, you're always always always important to me and 'there' in my mind.
    obstacle2on December 07, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe the song is about loving someone who is struggling in life and the person struggling is telling their loved one don't despair, things will get better, they themselves will get better and to not give up.
    Picklepartyon April 13, 2017   Link

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