"Ribs" as written by Joel Little and Ella Yelich-o'connor....
The drink you spilt all over me
'Lover's Spit' left on repeat
My mom and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old

We can talk it so good
We can make it so divine
We can talk it good
How you wish it would be all the time

The drink you spilt all over me
'Lover's Spit' left on repeat
My mom and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old

The drink you spilt all over me
'Lover's Spit' left on repeat
My mom and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old

This dream isn't feeling sweet
We're reeling through the midnight streets
And I've never felt more alone
It feels so scary, getting old

We can talk it so good
We can make it so divine
We can talk it good
How you wish it would be all the time

This dream isn't feeling sweet
We're reeling through the midnight streets
And I've never felt more alone
It feels so scary, getting old

This dream isn't feeling sweet
We're reeling through the midnight streets
And I've never felt more alone
It feels so scary, getting old

I want 'em back (I want 'em back)
The minds we had (the minds we had)
How all the thoughts (how all the thoughts)
Moved 'round our heads (moved 'round our heads)
I want 'em back (I want 'em back)
The minds we had (the minds we had)
It's not enough to feel the lack
I want 'em back, I want 'em back, I want 'em

You're the only friend I need
Sharing beds like little kids
Laughing 'til our ribs get tough
But that will never be enough

You're the only friend I need
Sharing beds like little kids
Laughing 'til our ribs get tough
But that will never be enough


Lyrics submitted by romysvoboda

"Ribs" as written by Joel Little Ella Marija La Yelich O'connor

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING

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  • +22
    General CommentIt seems like she sings with such a longing to feel like she did when she was younger, a kid. She's realizing that she's not getting any younger, and it's scary to think of all the responsibilities now.

    I think there's some contradictions too.

    "This dream isn't feeling sweet
    We're reeling through the midnight streets
    And I've never felt more alone
    It feels so scary, getting old"

    She obviously doesn't want to get old her, and says she's NEVER felt more alone.

    "You're the only friend I need
    Sharing beds like little kids
    Laughing 'til our ribs get tough
    But that will never be enough"

    Yet here, it seems like she's trying to convince herself that the only person she needs is her (possible) significant other. But she can only think of how she felt towards them when they were kids (laughing, sharing beds). But then says it would never be enough. She doesn't feel the same for them like she did before, and she doesn't like she feels that way. In comes the part of convincing herself otherwise.

    Kind of like involuntarily falling out of love for a person, and just focusing on the good times they had, and telling yourself it would get better, but knowing it won't since getting older has changed her.
    AfroSevenon October 10, 2013   Link
  • +11
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about having fallen in love with your best friend. And as you two have grown older, you've drifted more and more apart - the fact that you have scares you. Laughing, being friends, and sharing a bed will never be enough for you, because you're in love with the other.
    pleasedonton October 14, 2013   Link
  • +10
    My InterpretationI think this song is about growing up and starting to feel alone and different as you get older
    Mski5on October 02, 2013   Link
  • +10
    Song MeaningWe know now from a video, according to Lorde herself, that this song was written about a party she threw when her parents went away on holiday without her. It describes all the fun she had, yet all the problems it caused, and how scary felt for her to have all this responsibility, proving to that it isnt easy growing up and getting older.
    sharnanealeon December 13, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My Interpretation"The drink you spilt all over me
    'Lover's Spit' left on repeat
    My mom and dad let me stay home
    It drives you crazy, getting old"

    Her mom and dad are away, and so she takes advantage of it by having a party, but doesn't know how she feels about doing so.

    "We can talk it so good
    We can make it so divine
    We can talk it good
    How you wish it would be all the time"

    She sees all the people talking about their crazy, teen partying lifestyles and how they make it seem so amazing and how they wish they could live all the time.

    "This dream isn't feeling sweet
    We're reeling through the midnight streets
    And I've never felt more alone
    It feels so scary, getting old"

    Suddenly, the party doesn't seem as fun as it once did, and she realizes how alone she is, and how scared she is of having adult responsibility.

    "I want 'em back (I want 'em back)
    The minds we had (the minds we had)
    How all the thoughts (how all the thoughts)
    Moved 'round our heads (moved 'round our heads)
    I want 'em back (I want 'em back)
    The minds we had (the minds we had)
    It's not enough to feel the lack
    I want 'em back, I want 'em back, I want 'em"

    She wants her childhood and childhood fantasies back, because now that she's grown up a bit she realized what life is really like and she doesn't want to.

    "You're the only friend I need
    Sharing beds like little kids
    Laughing 'til our ribs get tough
    But that will never be enough"

    This part always hits me. She sees her best, closest friend at the party, and realizes all these people hear mean nothing to her, and that person is the only friend she needs. She also remembers probably having sleepovers with them and sharing the bed with them, laughing so hard "our ribs get tough". But I get the feeling she's fallen in love with said friend since childhood, and the friendship "will never be enough".

    Great song.
    mysteriousmindon May 31, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"LOVER'S SPIT" -- REFERENCE TO BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE YEAAASHES
    bermonicatzon October 01, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationAside from the lovers part of this song, it reminds me a lot of my best friend and I. Recently we've grown apart, on account of many things, but one of them is that they have feelings for me that I do not reciprocate.

    "I want 'em back (I want 'em back)
    The minds we had (the minds we had)
    It's not enough to feel the lack
    I want 'em back, I want 'em back, I want 'em"

    This passage makes me think of how you want your old friend back, the old times and how you used to interact with each other.

    "You're the only friend I need
    Sharing beds like little kids
    Laughing 'til our ribs get tough
    But that will never be enough"

    Often I felt as if my friend was the only one I had, and the only one I needed, as I'd shared a lot, more than I have with anyone else, with this person.
    During summer when we'd have sleepovers we'd share a bed, like little kids.
    We would laugh at stupid things, our hearts filled.
    And yet, that will never be enough, for them. And therefore, friendship ends, and it hurts, and all you want is those days back.

    She wants it back, the times they had, the thoughts they both thought. They're both getting older, and drifting apart.
    Wanderer72125on December 30, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about wishing you could be younger again. About the hardships that come with growing older, and all the responsibility you have on your shoulders. The second verse is about how alone she feels even though she is roaming the streets with her friends now that he is old enough to do so. I think the last verse is about wanting the old her back, the younger her. And even though she has friends that share the same fear of growing older as she does, it doesn't stop the fact that she and all of her loved ones are growing older.
    PinkInkon January 04, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI take it as that she is talking about how she's getting older and feeling alone, because she's not the same person like Mski5 said. However, I feel like she's making a reference also that she is growing old with a special someone in her life (obviously a lover); therefore, she's really not as alone as she feels sometimes. It's a bittersweet love song I think.
    aaronplaneon October 10, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"lovers spit" is referring to a broken social scene song.
    Farheezilon February 03, 2014   Link

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