"There's No Other Way" as written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander James and David Rowntree....
You're taking the fun out of everything
You're making me run, when I don't want to think
You're taking the fun out of everything
I don't want to think at all

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do is watch them play

You're taking the fun out of everything
You're making it clear, when I don't want to think
You're taking me up, when I don't want to go up anymore
I'm just watching it all

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do is watch them play

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do is watch them play

I'll watch you play
I'll watch you play

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do is watch them play

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do is watch them play

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do is watch them play

There's no other way
There's no other way
All that you can do is watch them play


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"There's No Other Way" as written by David Rowntree Steven Alexander James

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  • +3
    General CommentIt took me a while of listening to come to an understanding of this song. In fact, it wasn't until my wife got pregnant.

    I think the song is about, in general, evolution and moving through stages. The verses are a reaction of the singer to a teacher or peer pressing him to do and act according to his age, but this doesn't seem like a lot of fun. But in the chorus he concedes that "there is no other way" to life, and we can't stay at one stage forever, no matter how fun or appealing that seems. thus all you can do "is watch them play," THEM being those who are coming up behind us. As ever-maturing beings, we necessarily evolve to find higher-ordered activities to be the only activities that afford true satisfaction. We can try to keep playing (like little kids play on a playground, or like older kids get high, or race cars, etc), but ultimately we can't keep doing it. All we can do is get satisfaction watching the next generation engage playfully with life.

    Damon Albarn is a modern day prophet, and I think drugs have fed his muse. For my own reasons and rationalizations, I liked the pro-drug message I saw in other songs of his, so I couldn't understand this song until I realized that he may already have been aware that there is an end to everything, including certain mind-expanding tools. As in the first verse, he doesn't "want to think," and that, along with fun, is part of the allure to some drug use.
    johnxon September 10, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove this song.

    I think its about the aching blandness of the bourgeois.
    BombTheBourgeoisieon March 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKewl song. Shame about the lack of comments on Blur's songs, they're an excellent band.
    Black Sativaon August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits now on some beer commerical...i forget the product. but yeah good good. i like that little guitar solo before the chorus, thats kick ass...graham coxon rocks.
    blind_rockstaron August 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song.another good band from the 90s. i wish someone would put something like this out now.
    slevletteon September 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlways thought this felt like it was based on See Emily Play by Pink Floyd.
    alexmerrion October 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favourte blur song
    clarisamartinion September 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaningi think this song talks about how you cant be in teen stage forever you got to grow up and see that their is more to the world than just liqour and drugs.
    carlosekonon February 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about my ex-wife. (who took the fun out of everything!) This song will always take me back to 1991 or 92.

    I think it's about someone who is in a relationship and feels out of control and remembers back to a time when things were more fun, less stressful and less responsible.

    Great song.
    Fistacuffson January 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationBombTheBourgeoisie puts it well: it’s about the aching blandness of the bourgeois. The video of this song reinforces that. The entire video is of some large family having a weekend lunch in an idealistic modern western setting. And the emphasis of the video is on how BORING this is. There’s nothing in it except eating, and changing of the dishes. The most intense highlight (shown with strobelights and changing colors) is bringing out the enormous dessert. And to think of it – this is the most exciting part? Entire life of the “mother” involves around making and serving food. She doesn’t even take off her apron. Such life might be satisfying in a numbing way, but it’s utterly closed and bland; and the deadly ironic smile of Damon speaks of it powerfully. He’s not even going to revolt or protest. He’s part of that family, where even the young girls wear identical clothes, and play the most dumb and innocent game in the backyard – throwing a little ball to each other. If you have had the experience of some wider outlook of life, you would find this idyll sickening, as is demonstrated by the worm in the beginning and the end of the video. But, from the point of view of someone who has never been “out there” – there’s no other way. But still even these people get some vague feeling of uneasiness, and they have to admit that someone somewhere can actually “play”, but they are limited (by their own character and lack of courage or willingness) to just “watch them play”.

    I’ve also downvoted some comments which say nothing but “great song, great band”. As well-intentioned as these comments are, they are just a visual pollution. I also share the opinion that the song is nice, but this space is about discussing songs meanings, isn’t it? If everyone who likes this song would leave here such a comment, any meaningful/interesting comments would get drowned in this. So my downvote doesn’t mean that I don’t agree with the “like” contents, it just means that I’m proposing for the people to be more considerate of why and what are they saying, and of the overall effects of communication in our age, overloaded by information. We don’t have much more platforms left which are still relatively pure and uncluttered with bells and whistles of advertisements as this site; so let’s try to keep it this way for the time being. So no offence, people; PeaceSexRocknRoll!

    P.S. and please don’t bomb the bourgeoisie. They’re already suffering enough (mostly unconsciously, mostly in waking sleep), and bombing them will make them just erect more stupid fences and gated communities. We should strive to lift them up from the blandness, by engaging and daring them to dance; but not by aggravating mutual separation. After all, they are not “they”, they are us; in the core we’re all the same. There’s no other way.
    serpon April 15, 2015   Link

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