"19-2000" as written by and Damon/hewlett Albarn....
The world is spinning too fast,
And I'm buying Nike shoes
To keep myself tethered
To the days I tried to lose.
My mamma said to slow down,
I must make my own shoes
And stop dancing to the music
Of Gorillaz in a happy mood
Keepin' my groove on

[Chorus]
Here you go!
Get the cool,
Get the cool shoeshine
Get the cool,
Get the cool shoeshine
Get the cool,
Get the cool shoeshine
Get the cool,
Get the cool shoeshine

There's a monkey in the jungle
Watching a vapor trail
Caught up in the conflict
Between his brain and his tail
And if time's elimination
Then we've got nothing to lose,
Please repeat the message,
"Its the music that we choose!"
Keepin' my groove on...

Bring it down now, it comin' back out!

[Chorus: x2]


Lyrics submitted by tallmanjak

"19-2000" as written by Damon/hewlett Albarn

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think the song is actually quite simple.

    As David Alban said the song is about the change in the world from 1900-2000s
    and the title is the biggest hint.
    The song is simply about growing into the changing trends in the world and how time is moving so fast. Its all about getting accustomed to change in the new world, hence the lyrics "The world is spinning too fast" and "Get the cool shoeshine"

    IMO.
    Anidubeyon September 18, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWHAT THE FUCK IS GET THE COOL SHOESHINE!!!!!!! great song though. and wtf is "its so seven three three tee"?
    darkpop2Dzombieon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe "get the cool shoeshine" line isn't "get the cool shoeshine" It's in Japanese. If you ever see the 19-2000 video, noodle's line is subtitled in Japanese characters.
    happylittledemigodon July 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf it's english, why doesn't noodle pronounce the l in cool or the n in shine?
    happylittledemigodon August 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat the hell you talking about Liface?

    This is definitely one of the happier songs on the cd. really contrasts the darker stuff like Clint Eastwood and Starshine. Great song though!


    Timon December 03, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwut it means; don't know but great song
    gorillazrpimpson June 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe Gorillaz are so good at being non-sensical. they are the famous "unband". (well, not THE Unband that did "Everybody Wants You", but you know what i mean)

    i have always enjoyed Blur, but Damon Albarn has really impressed me with this project.

    true what you say the Soulchild remix is sweet as Domino sugar.

    i think this song is about polishing shoes to look up girls' dresses.
    roger wilcoon June 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"i think this song is about polishing shoes to look up girls' dresses." - Where'd you get the looking up dresses part from?
    ~ether_streamon June 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSweet song and cool video clip. Who knows what it means? The lyrics above aren't exactly right tho - the second line is "I'm buying lead Nike shoes". Not that this sheds any more light on the song but anyways...
    Cherub Rockon August 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLyrics from official Fansite:

    The world is spinning too fast
    I'm buying lead Nike shoes
    To keep myself tethered
    To the days I try to lose

    My mama said to slow down
    You should make your shoes
    Start dancing to the music
    Of Gorillaz in a happy mood

    Keep a mild groove on

    Ba ba ba
    Day dee bop

    There you go!
    Get the cool!
    Get the cool shoe shine!

    There's a monkey in the jungle
    Watching a vapour trail
    Caught up in the conflict
    Between his brain and his tail

    And if time's elimination
    Then we got nothing to lose
    Please repeat the message
    It's the music that we choose

    Keep a mild groove on

    Ba ba ba
    Day dee bop

    OK bring it down yeah we gonna break out
    Get the cool!
    Get the cool shoe shine!

    Ah Ah Ah Ah

    Day doo de bop
    ---------------------------------------

    to happylittledemigod: I used to think the same thing, but it is get the cool shoeshine.

    I think this song means sometime like: "You got all the time in thw world, slow down, take it easy, get the cool shoeshine."
    Ryuuzaon August 16, 2002   Link

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