"The Modern Age" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
Up on a hill is where we begin
This little story a long time ago
Stop to pretend, stop pretending
It seems this game is simply never-ending
Oh, in the sun, sun having fun
It's in my blood
I just can't help it
Don't want you here right now
Let me go, oh, let me g-g-g-g-g-g-go

Leavin' just in time
Stay there for a while
Rolling in the ocean
Trying to catch her eye
Work hard and say it's easy
Do it just to please me
Tomorrow will be different
So I'll pretend I'm leaving

Our fears are different here
We train in A-V-A
I wish you hadn't stayed
My vision's clearer now, but I'm unafraid

Flying overseas, no time to feel the breeze
I took too many varieties
Oh, in the sun, sun having fun
It's in my blood
I just can't help it
Don't want you here right now
Let me go
Darling let me g-g-g-g-g-g-go

Leaving just in time
Staying for a while
Rolling in the ocean
Trying to catch her eye
Work hard and say it's easy
Do it just to please me
Tomorrow will be different
So this is why I'm leaving


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"The Modern Age" as written by Julian Casablancas

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  • +5
    General CommentI have to say this song's one of my favourite songs of all time (the way the drums open up on the chorus kills me every time).

    I think the song might be about drugs (heroin?), and a struggle with over dependence. A lot of the lyrics refer to being high ("up on a hill", "we train in AVA"), and then there are the more clear references ("I took too many varieties", "it's in my blood, don't want you here right now let me go")

    Another thing is Jules miming snorting off Fab's drumkit in the $2 bill concert.

    P.S has anyone seen the performance on Conan O'Brian? It's even better than $2 Bill. So fucking soulful!
    G.Threepwoodon February 04, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthis has got to be my favourite song off the album.
    starla500on June 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is by far the best Strokes song in my opinion, they truly capture the essence of the velvet underground and sixties protopunk. People criticize the strokes for being too repetitive and sounding the same, etc. but there isnt another band out there that sounds like them. I cant wait to see what they do on their third album.
    barelylegal32on December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks
    sungoddesson May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy are The Strokes one of the best bands out there? I think they deserve their sudden stardum.
    eathemenuon May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about flirting with a girl that you will never see again and just enjoying the moment while you can.
    scubasheteveon May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes good meaning, scuba! that makes the song 10 times better with that interpretation
    sean7711on August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe guitar solo here is fucking amazing
    disco_blows_dogs_on March 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its a fabulous song! I can't believe anyone can resist the urge to tap their foot to the drum beat during the solo....In terms of general meaning I think they are expressing the challenge presented when ur a free spirit and fame catches up with you.
    MalFunkton March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea the solo is the funnest solo to play ever! and yes, i said "funnest."
    xapr0on April 02, 2003   Link

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