"Instant Crush (feat. Julian Casablancas)" as written by Julian Casablancas, Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel Homem Christo....
I didn't want to be the one to forget
I thought of everything I'd never regret
Let's run with it because it's all we can take
One thing I'd never see, the same way around
I don't believe it and it slips from the ground
I want to take you to that place near the rush
But no one gives us any time anymore
You used me once [?]
You made an offer for it, then you ran off
I got this picture of us kissin' in my head
And all I hear is the last thing that you said

Listen to you brother, and listen to me
I didn't want to anymore

And we will never be alone again
'Cause it doesn't happen everyday
Kinda counted on you being a friend
Kinda given up on giving away
Now I thought about what I wanna say
But I never really know where to go
So I chained myself to a friend
'Cause there's nowhere else I could go

And we will never be alone again
'Cause it doesn't happen everyday
Kinda counted on you being a friend
Kinda given up on giving away
Now I thought about what I wanna say
But I never really know where to go
So I chained myself to a friend

Some more again

It didn't matter what they wanted to see
You thought he saw someone that looked just like me
I saw my memory that just never dies
We worked too long and hard to give it no time
He sees right through me, it's so easy with lies
Cracks in the road that I would try and disguise
He runs the scissors at the seam in the wall
He cannot break it down or else he would fall
One thousand lonely stars
Hiding in the cold
Take it, oh I don't wanna sing anymore

Listen to you brother, and listen to me
I didn't want to anymore

And we will never be alone again
'Cause it doesn't happen everyday
Kinda counted on you being a friend
Kinda given up on giving away
Now I thought about what I wanna say
But I never really know where to go
So I chained myself to a friend
'Cause there's nowhere else I could go

And we will never be alone again
'Cause it doesn't happen everyday
Kinda counted on you being a friend
Kinda given up on giving away
Now I thought about what I wanna say
But I never really know where to go
So I chained myself to a friend
'Cause there's nowhere else I could go

I don't wanna start, don't get upset
I'm not with you
[?]
It's all I do when I'm with you

And we will never be alone again
'Cause it doesn't happen everyday
Kinda counted on you being a friend
Kinda given up on giving away
Now I thought about what I wanna say
But I never really know where to go
So I chained myself to a friend
'Cause there's nowhere else I could go

And we will never be alone again
'Cause it doesn't happen everyday
Kinda counted on you being a friend
Kinda given up on giving away
Now I thought about what I wanna say
But I never really know where to go
So I chained myself to a friend
'Cause there's nowhere else I could go


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"Instant Crush" as written by Julian Casablancas, Thomas Bangalter, Guy Manuel Homem Christo

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  • +13
    My InterpretationOk. Here's what I think.

    This song is about a guy, his friend, and his friend's girlfriend, who is also his friend. So for identification purposes, let's call them Matt, James and Jen, respectively.

    The 3 friends hang out together, but Matt loves Jen (maybe a bit more than a friend). It's an impossible romance/connection.

    I didn't want to be the one to forget
    I thought of everything I'd never regret
    A little time with you is all that I get
    That's all we need because it's all we can take ---> I really like hanging out with you, but it's not one on one and not often, because you're not my girl.

    So he chains himself to a friend - James, because he knows it unlocks like a door - allows him to see Jen. Of course Matt's torn, he doesn't want to hear about Jen's problems with James - 'I listened to your problems
    Now listen to mine'
    I didn't want to anymore

    One thing I never see the same when your 'round
    I don't believe in him - his lips on ground --> This means, James is putting on an act when they all hang out together - that he's not the same sweet guy when Jen's not around.

    This is a bit sneaky :
    It didn't matter what they wanted to see
    He thought he saw someone that looked just like me
    The summer memory that just never dies
    We worked too long and hard to give it no time - This shows a relationship developed between Matt and Jen (specifically they hung out alone together - maybe at the "Roche"), that James suspected was much more than friendship.

    He sees right through me it's so easy with lies
    Cracks in the road that I would try and disguise
    He runs his scissor at the seam in the wall
    He cannot break it down or else he would fall - More suspecting from James, but Matt tries not to let his true feelings show - Cracks in the road means he's prob mentioned Jen, or reacted a certain way at the mention of her, that gives away that he cares.

    And we will never be alone again
    'Cause it doesn't happen every day
    Kinda counted on you being a friend
    Can I give it up or give it away --> Matt will always cherish his time with Jen, (especially their time alone, cause it doesn't happen every day) but it's also hard to be her friend in this situation, so he sometimes wishes their connection never happened.

    Sorry about all the run-on sentences! :)
    Kaaaton June 04, 2013   Link
  • +10
    My Interpretationits about a guy that wants to be in a relationship with a girl that he knows, but doesnt know how to tell her, and he delays it, and chains himself to a friend as comfort, but he really doesnt know that if he doesnt tell her, he can never know if he can be with her or not, but maybe its not the meaning, who knows
    anonumerson May 14, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General Commentthis is my favorite song on the new album.
    speeedon May 16, 2013   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationThis is hands down my favorite track off of the new album. It has a subtle building complexity to it, that with each new listen gives me something more to think about and ponder.

    I completely agree with Kaaat and kosmicgirl's interpretations of the lyrics, and really only want to take this moment to elaborate on their interpretations.

    As Kaaat stated, "this song is about a guy, his friend, and his friend's girlfriend, who is also his friend. So for identification purposes, let's call them Matt, James and Jen, respectively."

    Together, Matt, James, and Jen form a triangle relationship, holding each other up and supporting each other as best friends do. Matt is equal friend and confidant to both and they all spend a lot of time together. Eventually Matt develops a crush on Jen, which Jen reciprocates, these feelings go on unspoken and not acted upon, something eventually happens between Matt and Jen, the relationship dynamics of the three takes a turn, and then it becomes apparent to James that there is a connection somewhat more than friendship there between Matt and Jen. This changes everything, and is the cause for Matt singing the song in the first place after their triangle has a semi falling out.

    The point of view is from Matt's perspective, a somewhat melancholy and regretful conversation/recanting towards Jen of thoughts and events and feelings that transpired.

    I didn't want to be the one to forget
    I thought of everything I'd never regret

    In the opening of the song Matt expresses that he was forced to try and forget this romantic connection he has with Jen, because Jen choose to stay with James. Matt is left to his own thoughts, longing thoughts of himself with Jen and everything he'd never regret doing if he was with her.

    A little time with you is all that I get
    That's all we need because it's all we can take

    Matt hangs out with Jen and James often, and only ever so rarely gets to hangout with just Jen by herself. Which is probably a good thing for their friendship's sake because when they are alone for whatever brief time they have together, this connection they share has a palpable tension to it that if left much longer would end up in them doing one of these things Matt would never regret and ruining their triangle of friendship. This tension and underlying emotional crush is mutual.

    One thing I never see the same when your 'round
    I don't believe in him - his lips on ground

    Now that Matt cares more for Jen than just a friend, he points out that James doesn't act the same when Jen is not around. He insinuates that perhaps James isn't as good of a guy as Jen thinks. Matt points this out because he now resents James for this, for not treating Jen as good as Matt likely would, and even more so because Jen is naive to James' less than stellar behavior behind his good guy, lips on the ground, visage.

    I wanna take you to that place in the "Roche"
    But no one gives us any time anymore

    It is at this point that Matt is referencing one of the few rare times he had alone with Jen during the summer, one where they were together and had a great time naturally letting their unspoken connection run free and develop and likely where "something" happened between them, in the Roche. He references such a specific place, because it holds specific sentimental importance to them both. He's expressing that he wants to be alone with her again and have something happen again, a chance to explore these feelings, but he cannot, because it is always the three of them hanging out together, and no longer ever just him and Jen.

    He asks me once if I'd look in on his dog
    You made an offer for it then you ran off
    I got this picture of us kids in my head
    And all I hear is the last thing that you said

    James asks Matt to watch his dog at what I would take as the same time that Jen is offering to do it, and Jen quickly rescinds her offer and runs off out of avoidance of being alone with Matt. Although Jen has feelings for Matt, she is pulling away from him to be with James.

    'I listened to your problems
    Now listen to mine'


    Friends confide in and listen to each others' problems, and I took this as Jen however torn she may be in her feelings, pleading and saying, please just be my friend again.

    I didn't want to anymore

    Followed by Matt making the melancholy statement, I didn't want to anymore. How could he go back to being just friends with her after sharing a moment of something more with her.

    And we will never be alone again
    'Cause it doesn't happen every day
    Kinda counted on you being a friend
    Can I give it up or give it away

    The recurring sentiment from Matt, sad at the way things are turning out saying, We'll never be alone again, not like it happens every day anyways. And then Matt coming at Jen for being so distant and shutting him out and not being there for him, "kinda counted on you being a friend," and then wondering to himself "can I give it up or give it away" referring to giving up on the hopeless romance like Jen or taking a chance for more and risking his friendships with Jen and James.

    Now I thought about what I wanna say
    But I never really know where to go

    With so much time to himself and his thoughts, he's figured out exactly what he wants to say to Jen, his feelings, his want for more, but then he doesn't know HOW to say them or whats the best approach or timing for it. She isn't openly reciprocating his feelings or likewise a struggle with the situation like he is. He is juggling his friendships, a possible romantic connection, and a potential to ruin everything.

    So I chained myself to a friend
    'Cause I know it unlocks like a door

    And so in light a hard decision, knowing what he wants to say but not how to go about saying it, and in fear of ruining everything that he has with Jen and James, he decides to default back to the easiest and safest approach, and chains himself to a friend. It is easier to not say anything and instead give up on his chances for Jen. He is essentially trapping himself in the friend role. Stuck against his will but of his own design as the friend.

    It didn't matter what they wanted to see
    He thought he saw someone that looked just like me
    The summer memory that just never dies
    We worked too long and hard to give it no time

    Matt continues to dwell on his feelings for Jen and his long standing connection he's had with her first as friends and later as possibly more and because of this he is beginning to catch the closer scrutiny of James.

    He sees right through me it's so easy with lies
    Cracks in the road that I would try and disguise
    He runs his scissor at the seem in the wall
    He cannot break it down or else he would fall

    These verses show that James has picked up on the connection between Matt and Jen and that he can tell that something has happened between them. It is important to remember that before all of this they were all best friends. James knows Matt and Jen both very well, and he can tell that something is off. Despite all that Jen is doing to act normal and despite her asking Matt to just be friends again, it is eating Matt up inside, and James can sense this in his friends. Yet ultimately James can't bring it to a head and call Matt and Jen out on it without also ruining the long standing relationship/friendship that they all share and have together.

    1000 lonely stars, hiding in the cold
    Take it, I don't want to sing anymore

    By this point in the song, Matt is alone. I can picture him walking by himself at night looking to the sky lost in thought over the situation. His two best friends that he would normally have shared all of this with, he can't talk to about it, and he is ostracized and feeling alone. He then sadly expresses, take it, go, do what you're going to do, take my heart and trample over it, choose James over me and act like nothing has happened, try and act like you don't feel this too, I don't want to talk about it anymore.

    I don't understand, don't get upset, I'm not with you...
    We're swimming around, it's all I do,
    when I'm with you

    I took this as Jen talking to Matt, I don't understand, why are you acting like this, don't get upset, you shouldn't be upset over this. I am not with you, I'm with James and have always been with James and you knew this. When we're together and all around each other, I'll continue to act as if nothings happened, and we'll all know somethings happened, and we'll just swim around in this mess, because that's all I ever do when I am around you and reminded of it all.
    tconwa1on July 09, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSeems pretty straightforward. Three friends growing up who were all friends, 2 guys and 1 girl. This is apparent due to the line "I got this picture of us kids in my head". The point of view from the person singing the song never had the balls to ask the girl out, " I thought about what I wanna say, but I never really know where to go so I chained myself to a friend". The female took interest in the other friend noted in the lyric about the dog and her running off.

    The female has been confiding to the narrator all of the problems she's having with her partner and the narrator is getting upset/hurt because he has to listen to it and he's getting tired of hearing it which upsets her obviously because she was there for him at some point in time when he had problems and needed someone to talk to, "I listened to your problems now listen to mine. I didn't want to anymore."

    I don't think the feelings are mutual between the female and the narrator, but the narrator is doing enough that her partner/his friend is starting to catch on to how he feels about her and it would obviously ruin their friendship they've had since childhood.

    This line is really interesting to me, "Take it, I don't want to sing anymore." It's like he's breaking the 4th wall, the narrator is talking directly at us and he does take a break singing at that point. I don't know what to make of it, except maybe the whole song is him talking to a therapist...in which case the listener would be the therapist.
    katkilladon August 07, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHow was this song so on time for me?

    I was friends with a girl for some years, when things went sour between her and her boyfriend, I knowingly filled in the rebound role, despite all warnings, and it played its course out.

    As we grew closer, I noticed how quickly I had fallen for her, maybe because we've been in some form of emotional affair, but that feeling of not wanting to miss out on the opportunity. You kind of have to go from a state of numbed affection to "instant crush".

    I guess it was even easier for both of us to fall into this instant crush state, as good friends as we were. I on one hand felt like I could give her everything he couldn't. Of course the other party knew none the better, so there is the disdain of having to accept the circumstances as they are.

    At the end of it all, she just "didn't want to anymore".

    I guess the message of "Did we ever have a chance?" resonates all around.

    The feeling of coming into the picture, only to disappear soon after...
    theo100003on December 27, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFrom my experience I think this song talks about a guy who is in love with two different people. The first girl he has an "instant crush" on and they give it all they've got... but it still falls apart ("it's all we can take").
    Then, as a negative coping mechanism from the first girl, the guy decides to play it safe and starts to see a girl friend who always liked him and he knows it can work out easily ("chained myself to a friend").
    But he will always have feelings for the first girl, even though they're not together and he knows he chose to walk away from the passionate relationship ("I don't want to anymore").
    This guy is the real loser in the story because the first girl has a new guy who basically kisses the ground she walks on ("his lips on the ground") and he doesn't want to believe the reality they've created.
    They can't ever be together again and don't see each other around but they both secretly wish it hadn't turned out that way.

    "And we will never be alone again/ 'cause it doesn't happen everyday/kinda counted on you being a friend/Can I give it up or give it away?"
    They are never going to be able to hang out and be together like they did/ It doesn't happen everyday that you find someone that you have an "instant crush" on/He never realized when they first met that it would so quickly turn into something so passionate/He doesn't want this because he can't handle it,
    He doesn't want to fall in love with her....(btw being told that is the worst feeling)
    thinkofmeon May 23, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with everyone about this song being about a demented love triangle. I also would like to add that at the end of the song his friend, knowing damn well how the singer feels about the girl, gets the girl. This is certainly one of the best songs from the album.
    BigJames007on July 04, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentfunny, i have this exact scenario between my best friend and a girl we both met when we were younger, they both dated broke up dated broke up, and im not allowed to like her, its very painful and this song makes me cry everytime i hear it. Truly beautiful lyrics...
    Wowlifeon August 14, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think the song is simply the expression of the narrator's grief and melancholic point of view when he understands he'll never reach the girl he loves.

    The most important line here could be "We're swimming around, it's all I do,
    when I'm with you" ; he exhibits a facade and doesn't play true when he's with her, 'cause she's in love with one of their common friend, who seems to guess what are the narrator's feelings and become a "heart-breaker" because it could be bad for their friendship so he does the dirty job :

    "He sees right through me it's so easy with lies, Cracks in the road that I would try and disguise, He runs his scissor at the seem in the wall, He cannot break it down or else he would fall".

    So yeah, this is a sad song because the narrator experiments "the instant crush" but he's immediately placed in the friend zone and must play the "good silent friend" in order to avoid the estrangement with his two childhood friends.

    To me, tconwa1 must be the closest to the real interpretation of the song.
    Gendo62on December 07, 2013   Link

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