"The Less I Know the Better" as written by and Kevin Parker....
Someone said they live together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather
And I hope they slept together
Oh the less I know the better
The less I know the better

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
Don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye

She said it's not now or never
Wait ten years we'll be together
I said better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
I was doing fine without ya, 'til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Eating in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without ya, 'til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh sweet darling's where he wants you
So come on superman, say your stupid line
So come on superman, say your stupid line
So come on superman, say your stupid line


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  • +11
    My InterpretationI think the song is about suppressing the feelings of jealousy after a break-up, when both try to date new people and usually one of them (in this case the guy) still has the hope in retaking the relationship or at least there are remains of sexual attraction for her he cannot control


    I imagine the next scenario. He goes somewhere with friends (a party, an event) and by coincidence he sees his ex-girlfriend with someone else. Someone tells him "they left together", he "runs out to go and get her" (impulsively he insists in finding out if she is indeed dating someone, even though they have ended the relationship) When he goes out, he sees her "holding hands with Trevor" (the guy she was with, he must be familiar to him, cause he knows his name). This affirms she is interested in someone else.

    If you still feel attracted to your ex-girlfriend and you see her flirting with someone, it might be "not the greatest feeling ever". After that, maybe writing some other day, she suggests him to overcome the situation and let her go: "pull yourself together". She wants him to date someone else and to stop following her: "You should try your luck with Heather"

    Then he heard "they slept together" and that breaks any hope to get her back. He finds out that "the less I know the better", because that makes him feel sexually frustrated and jealous (Maybe I deduce this from the ideas in the videoclip).


    But he still has her in his mind and cannot forget her. He may still have feelings for her and suffers while imagining her with the new guy, "Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side. No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night. Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind", Maybe temporally he resignates: "Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind\
    So goodbye".

    She still gives him some small hopes, cause she doesn't want him to feel bad: "It's not now or never\
    Wait 10 years, we'll be together". And he agrees in waiting: "Better late than never. Just don't make me wait forever".

    Then he points out how good he was doing after the break-up until that incident, when he saw her with Trevor by chance: "I was doing fine without you. 'Til I saw your face -now I can't erase- giving in to all his bullshit. 'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine". He considers the guy like a dumb ass. He's in this state of anger and compares her to the person she used to be when they were together: "Is this what you want, is this who you are?"

    He feels obsessed and try to question why Trevor wants her, if she only wants to use her:: "Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you". She considers, it's stupid to save the relationship like a superhero, saying silly things, when she has the possibility to move on, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line".

    I think I could quite relate to the lyrics of the song, cause a week ago at a party I saw my ex-girlfriend with some other guy(we were together for 3 years). We had broken up months ago, but I felt intruded when I saw her flirting in the same place where friends and I were. I found out I still had some feelings for her (or at least I still feel attracted to her). After that incident I couldn't sleep one night, feeling jealous, wondering if the guy is better than me and so on. There was an impulsive that plays with your mind and makes you find out about her. I had the feeling that "the less I know the better", but some stubborn part of me was still insisting in convincing her of coming back.
    jorgek92aon December 03, 2015   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThe current lyrics are pretty off.

    My take is that there's no previous relationship ("I was doing fine without you", "wait ten years we'll be together").
    The speaking voice fell for the girl. Her name is not Heather, Heather is another girl he himself or a friend suggests he should try his luck with given that the girl he likes is with Trevor.
    The girl likes him too, but not as much as Trevor, who seems to be a stronger, more flashy, sweet-talking and imposing guy ("come on superman, say your stupid line" and the fact he's a gorilla in the video).
    She potentially understands that the main character might be a better fit for her in the future ("it's not now or never, wait ten years we'll be together"), but she's too much into Trevor at the moment.
    All the main character can do is waiting while trying not to be jaelous. There seem to be some element of disappointment and maybe resentment at the end ("is this what you want? is this what you are?") and a feeling of being bullshitted.



    Someone said they left together
    I ran out the door to get her
    She was holding hands with Trevor
    Not the greatest feeling ever
    Said "Pull yourself together
    You should try your luck with Heather"
    Then I thought they slept together
    Oh the less I know the better
    The less I know the better

    Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
    No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
    Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
    Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
    So goodbye

    She said "It's not now or never
    Wait ten years we'll be together"
    I said "Better late than never
    Just don't make me wait forever"
    Don't make me wait forever
    Don't make me wait forever

    Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
    I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind

    I was doing fine without ya, 'til I saw your face, now I can't erase it
    Giving in to all his bullshit
    Is this what you want, is this who you are?
    I was doing fine without ya, 'til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
    Oh, sweet talking where he wants you
    Said come on superman, say your stupid line
    Said come on superman, say your stupid line
    Said come on superman, say your stupid line
    FalconoftheSunon May 09, 2016   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation*This interpretation is about the new video-clip that came out November 29th.*
    youtu.be/…

    This song is about a one-sided love story.
    There are 3 people involved- Heather (The girl), Trevor (The guerrilla), and our Hero (He's imagination).
    Our Hero and Heather are attracted to each other, they had a "thing" (probably sexual) in the past, that made the hero fall in love with Heather (1:13).
    The problem is that Heather is in a relationship with Trevor, and wants to stay in it.
    The hero is picturing Trevor as a wild barbaric animal- A gorilla.
    The rejection makes the hero want her even more. He can't get Heather out of his head and gets bummed that she's with Trevor instead of him. He knows that Trevor uses her, and tries to convince her that she's better with him then with Trevor.
    She says to him "It's not now or never" -Meaning that the fact that they can't be together now, doesn't mean they can't be together somewhere in the future.
    He replies- "Just don't make me wait forever."
    At (3:25) You can see Heather dancing with the gorilla's hand wrapped around her, as in she's "tied up", or "taken" , literally.
    -
    The meaning of the sentence that repeats (the name of the song),
    is that our hero doesn't want to know what Heather and Trevor are doing Together. (2:11)
    The Less I Know The Better.
    LessKnowBetteron November 29, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about suppressing the feelings of jealousy after a break-up, when both try to date new people and usually one of them (in this case the guy) still has the hope in retaking the relationship or at least there are remains of sexual attraction for her he cannot control.

    I imagine the next scenario. He goes somewhere with friends (a party, an event) and by coincidence he sees his ex-girlfriend with someone else. Someone tells him "they left together", he "runs out to go and get her" (impulsively he insists in finding out if she is indeed dating someone, even though they have ended the relationship) When he goes out, he sees her "holding hands with Trevor" (the guy she was with, he must be familiar to him, cause he knows his name). This affirms she is interested in someone else.

    If you still feel attracted to your ex-girlfriend and you see her flirting with someone, it might be "not the greatest feeling ever". After that, maybe writing some other day, she suggests him to overcome the situation and let her go: "pull yourself together". She wants him to date someone else and to stop following her: "You should try your luck with Heather"

    Then he heard "they slept together" and that breaks any hope to get her back. He finds out that "the less I know the better", because that makes him feel sexually frustrated and jealous (Maybe I deduce this from the ideas in the videoclip).

    But he still has her in his mind and cannot forget her. He may still have feelings for her and suffers while imagining her with the new guy, "Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side. No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night. Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind", Maybe temporally he resignates: "Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
    So goodbye".

    She still gives him some small hopes: "It's not now or never
    Wait 10 years, we'll be together". And he agrees in waiting: "Better late than never. Just don't make me wait forever".

    Then he points out how good he was doing after the break-up until that incident, when he saw her with Trevor by chance: "I was doing fine without you. 'Til I saw your face -now I can't erase- giving in to all his bullshit. 'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine". He considers the guy like a dumb ass. He's in this state of anger and compares her to the person she used to be when they were together: "Is this what you want, is this who you are?"

    He feels obsessed and try to question why Trevor wants her, if she only wants to use her:: "Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you". She considers, it's stupid to save the relationship like a superhero, saying silly things, when she has the possibility to move on, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line".

    I think I could quite relate to the feelings, cause a week ago at a party I saw my ex-girlfriend with some other guy(we were together for 3 years). We had broken up months ago, but I felt intruded when I saw her flirting in the same place where friends and I were. I found out I still had some feelings for her (or at least I still feel attracted to her). After that incident I couldn't sleep one night, feeling jealous, wondering if the guy is better lover than me and so on. There was an impulsive that plays with your mind and makes you find out about her. I had the feeling that "the less I know the better", but some stubborn part of me was still insisting in convincing her of coming back.
    jorgek92aon December 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is about a love that went wrong. The couple has obviously broken up and now the guy is hearing all these rumors about what she's up to, who she spends time with and what she like now. He doesn't want to hear it, but can't help it. Hence, the less I know the better. Ignorance is bliss in this particular situation. He wants to get back with the girl, and he thinks he might have a shot until he notices her ignoring him. He's surprised that the girl he once loved would now be with some stereotypical jerk "eating in to all his bullshit". In the end he reduces the new guy to the stupid pickup line he used on the girl.
    indycindieon August 22, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love this song ! But I wonder what it's about. Maybe a guy being in love with this girl but she keeps leading him on ? at first he doesn't realize that n he'll wait for her as long as he needs too, but then he slowly comes to the realization that she's not leaving her current boyfriend and has no plans to. She's way wrapped up in him feeding into all his bs. she even looks to him like he's superman n tame impala is over it the less he knos the better....
    Supafli142on August 02, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI feel a little differently about this, i feel like maybe he's in a new relationship, or someone he just started messing with and she has a boyfriend or "friend" or ex she is always getting back with. I feel like he's talking about how when you first start seeing someone it's great and amazing and they are perfect and it's exciting, but after you've been with them and start to like them you start having doubts and wondering about their past or exes. How when you are first starting to picture someone with you, you also start picturing them with other people and it hurts, so the less he knows about it the better? I know when I'm crushing on someone I'm so curious about their past but at the same time I don't want to know because it will be painful to think about and just make me insecure.
    Devilw0manon March 27, 2016   Link

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