"Within" as written by Jason Charles Beck, Thomas Bangalter and Guy De Homem Christo....
There are so many things that I don't understand
There's a world within in me that I cannot explain
Many rooms to explore but the doors look the same
I am lost I can't even remember my name

I've been for sometime, looking for someone
I need to know now, please tell me who I am
I've been for sometime, looking for someone
I need to know now, please tell me who I am

There are so many things that I don't understand
There's a world within me that I cannot explain

Many rooms to explore but the doors look the same
(Where are the locks to the key)

I am lost I can't even remember my name
(And I wondered why)

I've been for sometime, looking for someone
I need to know now, please tell me who I am
I've been for sometime, looking for someone
I need to know now, please tell me who I am

I've been for sometime, looking for someone
I need to know now, please tell me who I am
I've been for sometime, looking for someone
I need to know now, please tell me who I am


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"Within" as written by Guy Manuel Homem Christo Thomas Bangalter

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  • +5
    General CommentO.K. I heard this like 4 times in a row... and this is an interpretation based on what I've been going through this Summer.

    I actually cried... a 29 year old brotha; stopped the stream; cried it out... and for whatever reason... my pain was relieved... This song is therapy... It helped me get to my typical apathetic self, but not afraid to feel... Truly powerful!

    So I had a crush on my best friend's little sister. An awful idea to say the least, but when you see someone live so beautifully and freely you want to replicate it. She is so human she is perfect; and yet one who is human has the luxury of at least feeling emotion and living vicariously, or going through the motions of love and heartache. People unlike robots fear being drawn out through experiences in an attempt to determine or feel what love is, I tend to come across as robotic. Apathetic, selfless cold and composed.

    That is the true irony and greatness of this song. A robot unable to get an answer to the questions pertaining his engineered emotions. He thinks the repair is as simple and asks for the key to his chambers, but being in a place foreign to his "nature" he is unable to communicate it effectively, let alone fine a listening participant. Even more terrifying, his plea for this quick fix, in the form of attention and affection is nothing but a reverberative cry which will seldom be heard. Even upon the regular Daft Punk listener who perceives the album solely being about dance as supposed to human soul.

    I am not insulting these individuals! It comes across on the first listen as sad mopy and whiny. A very unflattering emotion to the recipient of the robot's plea. But this was a truly orchestrated decision...

    Proof the Robot feels:

    There are so many things
    that I don't understand
    (Robot with initiative to attain greater knowledge create something bigger)

    There's a world within me
    that I cannot explain
    (As though being on Earth isn't scary enough the World of feelings Robot possess for the listener is astounding, and Robot doesn't know how to cope!)

    Many rooms to explore
    but the doors look the same
    (Ah Love, When you feel down you feel unmotivated, But when you love and those think you're incapable of doing so, it makes you love sick... Robot's should be prone to such a human ailment! Fear and inability to know how to fix himself!)

    I am lost I can't even remember my name
    (Being unable to establish whether he is capable of emotion or whether this neglect is the meaning of his existence the Robot can't get so far as determining an identity for himself, another unflattering quality for a person, but expected for a robot!)

    I've been for sometime
    Looking for someone
    I need to know now
    Please tell me who I am
    (The robot ends with the emotion I came into this song feeling... DENIAL. I still try to be friends, and am already vulnerable having told her I loved her. So... Maybe this verse is Daft Punk's way of saying, "The listener hears you and doesn't care to rescue you, and they will NEVER come around in this scenario!)
    mauricechon May 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation"Many rooms to explore but the doors look the same
    (Where are the locks to your keys ?)"

    "where are the locks to your keys" ... the keys here are piano keys , they don't unlock door locks, they unlock people's hearts - sounds so cliche - :-) Seems that the answer that the protagonist of this poem is seeking is found in music and dance .
    AftUnkon July 28, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song grows on you with each listen! This is an expression of searching inner self and confessions, talking with self. It looks very simple at the beginning but simplicity doesn't means it is bad; just the opposite!
    zkenton May 31, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationA song can be explained through each person experience, it's great.

    In my case, I'm having a personal situation where I have to take BIG decisions in my life that will change it for ever.

    My decisions will determine who I am, because my life will change a depending on the decisions I make. So I don't know who I am, because I depend on the elections I take in my life.

    Before you choose something, everything looks the same. Paths are closed, only the doors (decisions) that will take you in this or that direction are visible from where you are.

    Also, all those decisions you are about to make, are inside you. But you can't know how things will develope after you choose. All this world of chances lives inside you everyday. And when you're struggling to move on and choose your path in life, it's hard, you wish someone would come and tell you which is the best, who are you, what do you want.
    carolaclavoon September 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI'll be leaving the Army soon, 6 years and two deployments after I enlisted. As a person I have changed in so many ways. There are times I question who I am and where I am going in this world. For me, this song talks about just that. The many doors we choose to walk through are all decisions we must make. If its a big decision then all of the avenues of approach (doors) may look the same. Having the answers as to what's on the back end of our decisions (the keys to these doors) would take away the fear of the unknown. To me, this man is afraid of the unknown. He can't make up his mind as to what he wants. It says it in the first few lines. "Many rooms to explore but the doors look the same". He wants the security that comes from the help of others. He is definitely reaching out. I don't know if he necessarily never gets the help he is pleading for. In the sequence of songs on the album there seems to be a bigger purpose of this track. The songs that follow continue the emotional roller coaster of this album. I feel like he gets past this roadblock in life and makes the decision he has been stalling on. Then again maybe that's just my hope because I'm in the same boat as him.
    tmeryhewjsf35on March 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of the creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, trying t learn more about himself after he has awoken. This theme fits in nicely with the track Touch as well
    funkyjon June 03, 2013   Link

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