"Is This It" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
Can't you see I'm trying?
I don't even like it. I just lied to
Get to your apartment, now I'm staying
Here just for a while
I can't think 'cause I'm just way too tired

Is this it?
Is this it?
Is this it?

Said they'd give you anything you ever wanted
When they lied, I knew it was just stable children
Trying hard not to realize I was sitting right behind them

Oh dear, can't you see? It's them it's not me
We're not enemies; We just disagree
If I was like him all pissed in this bar
He changes his mind, says I went too far
We all disagree
I think we should disagree, yeah

Is this it?
Is this it?
Is this it?

Can't you see I'm trying?
I don't even like it. I just lied to
Get to your apartment, now I'm staying
Here just for a while
I can't think 'cause I'm just way too tired


Lyrics submitted by mudfly, edited by Calirobo

"Is This It" as written by Julian Casablancas

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  • +7
    General Commentthis song is great!

    i agree this song is about a relationship but i think it is about a couple who are not getting on. The guy is saying 'cant you see im trying' to make the relationship work. 'i dont evan like it' he dosent like it because he feels like the gilr isnt trying as hard as him. 'i cant think im just way too tired' she girl tries to pick arguments and he is tired of it. 'Oh dear can't you see? It's them it's not me' her friends are trying to split them up telling her that they dont work as a couple. 'We're not enemies; we just disagree' they are just both opinionated and stubborn so they disagree but they are both passionate about their opinion so they feel like the other one is an enemy. they think 'is this it?' because neither of them want the relationship to end.

    Thats my opinion anyway :)
    whats great about the strokes is their songs can relate o so many situations and everyone can make up their own minds about the meanings i love them x
    alex21333on July 24, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe bass line in this song is fucking awesome!!!!!
    XcrossmyemoheartXon February 11, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentalright, how the f*ck does everyone keep coming to the conclusion that this is about casual sex? It's definitely about a relationship between the speaker and the person he's talking to, but I don't see how casual sex has anything to do with anything.

    the first verse i think is about him being bored and basically working his way into this girl's life and them having some sort or relationship, but he might not be happy, hence he "can't think," so he doesn't know if what he's doing is right.

    "Is this it" reflects that.

    The second verse I can't say precisely, but maybe he's talking about her past lovers, or all lovers in general, and how they are all simple and don't want to think about the fact that there's always somebody else waiting in the wings that will steal her first.

    And the last verse is possibly about the clusterf*ck that relationships can cause. At first the girl's ex thinks it's alright, but he gets drunk and thinks that the speaker "went too far," and is upset about the girl seeing him. The speaker basically says that they're not all going to see eye to eye and that's how it should be.

    then "is this it" takes on a different meaning, perhaps a grander meaning, asking, is this really how life is? nobody will see eye to eye and will make enemies for all kinds of stupid reasons.

    then the first verse returns and the song comes full circle, the whole thing repeating, because progress will never be made: "is this it?"
    sortileguson April 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow. My 2nd all time favorite song. I love the strokes, they've always been my favorite band. This song means so much to me, i wake up and want to listin to it, and go to bed and it stays in my dreams. This song is amazing. I know, the bass is amazing too. For a long time i wouldnt even hear the lyrics, just the bass and it would put me to sleep. The stokes need to make a new album before i die of strokeitis.
    Itshardtoexplain19on October 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmmmm
    i love how this song
    describes the emptiness a person can feel...
    not just in casual sex, but in everyday life
    JustKillTheHeroeson February 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, dead on man.... Killer bass line aint it??
    clamshavefeelings2on May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is an earlier demo version of this song with different/extra lyrics. Maybe they'll help some of you come to your conclusions about what it means. I think this is what they are but you can listen to it yourself at youtube.com/…


    He gets to me
    In the room
    wait to see
    I want it
    and it wants me
    So I just crawl back on my knees

    Can't you see I'm trying
    I don't even like it
    I just lied
    to stay here for a while
    now I'm trying to hard and I'm falling
    so I'll go
    NickChaneyon December 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song realy ROCKS!
    ronativon January 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe emptiness of casual sex...But casual sex isn't all bad...Is it?
    thisboyon January 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou're right. this bassline makes my insides melt. or something like that anyway..
    greenplasticon May 01, 2002   Link

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