"5/4" as written by and Damon/hewlett Albarn....
Magic for me
Magic make no sound
It good for me
It good for me underground

Magic on me
Really got me down
Invade the city
It make my heart beat no sound

Beat no sound
Beat no sound (ooh ooh ooh ooh)
Beat no sound
Beat no sound
Beat no sound (ooh ooh ooh ooh)

And let me tell myself
Tell on
She turned my dad on
She turned my dad on
Dad on
Dad on

Magic for me
Magic get me through
We pledge it money
People seem to walk through you

Magic's funny
Magic get me through
All good for me
When people seem to always walk through you
Walk through you
Walk through you (ooh ooh ooh ooh)
Walk through you
Walk through you
Walk through you (ooh ooh ooh ooh)
Walk through you
Walk through you
Walk through you

And let me tell myself
Tell on
She turned my dad on
She turned my dad on
Dad on
Dad on

She made me kill myself
Come on
Come on

She turned my dad on
Come on
She turned my dad on
Come on
She turned my dad on
She turned my dad on
Dad on
Dad on


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"5/4" as written by Jamie Hewlett Damon Albarn

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +7
    General Commentdude, you think everything is about drugs...shut up..
    HalfLifeSuicideon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThere was an interview with Damon, where, when he was writing the lyrics for this song, he was remembering that his father had a thing for British pornstar "Linsey Dawn McKenzie". So, at least as far as "she turned my dad on," there was a bit of literalism in that one. xD
    Drumroll418on April 07, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI hate to disagree with every single person on here, but I think "she turned my dad on" is a misheard lyric that Gorillaz sort of grabbed onto and perpetuated. The song seems to be mostly about death to me, thus I've always heard the line as "she turned my DEAD on" (i.e. she made me kill myself? come on.) Now "she turned my dead on" may seem completely incorrect grammatically, but then so does "magic make no sound", so yeah. Add to that the fact that there's no references to father figures anywhere else in the song, or the entire album for that matter, but plenty of references to death and ghosts and zombies and the like. And if you're still not convinced....come on....."she turned my dad on" is just a ridiculous lyric to put in a song, even by Gorillaz standards. Now I could easily be wrong about all this, but I think it at least warrants some consideration. That's my two cents, peace.
    crocodile_smileon September 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"i love that it's in 5/4 time, showing Damon Albarn's musical genius :)"

    5/4 is not musical genius. unless, of course, you only listen to pop. ever heard of dave brubeck?
    TMA2on January 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey man shut up he does have a point. alot of gorillaz songs are talkin bout drugs
    yodaddyon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy does every one think it is about drugs?

    you addicts!!!!!
    'she turned my dad on' is the best line ever
    GorillazGorillaon September 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe song is probably called 5/4 because the guitar part is in a 5 beat meter while the drums are in a 4 beat meter
    Jinxxon September 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim so sorry.....can you guys read? within the first 3 posts the meaning was clear

    TIME SIGNATURE!
    davjaxon July 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs this an american Thing that everythings about what seems most obvious. Look the Gorillaz are British and let me tell you thats the stuff we like. Its all about creativity of lyrics. Not so much about what its about it's more the way it's expressed. The Gorillaz have some killer lyrics but yes they are hard to make proper sense. But thats Not the point. Its all about the art. Thats just how we roll. So i think very few if any Gorillaz lyrics have anything to do with drugs.
    Sasgenuon November 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningnot stealing ideas but since this information is legit, Coming from what i know, one person mention Damon wrote this song bec he remember his dad liking this pornstar. "she turn my dad on" that knock it down the meaning. However though i feel this song is sang in Damon's perspective toward his dad's interests.

    "Magic for me
    Magic make no sound
    It good for me
    It good for me underground"
    Part here, it how he found no pleasure toward strips club . see how the lyric said it, magic for me.....magic make no sound, it good for me...underground in other word i would feel better if this is hidden.or taking off from the world.because this kind of "magic" is bring no pleasure.as magic make no sound.

    "Magic on me
    Really got me down
    Invade the city
    It make my heart beat no sound
    Beat no sound"

    Now this is really bring out the massage. Strip club and strippers is all over the town, which got him to feel..well, down and make his heart beat no sound..in other word he's unhappy.

    "We pledge it money" // that part yeh the way it sound pledge it money..who it? well it as in strip club and hooker, we promise them money in translation.

    "People seem to walk through you
    Magic's funny
    Magic get me through
    All good for me
    When people seem to always walk through you"

    oh man this part was funny to me too haha, this lyric in other word is there strippers and club that tried to bring people's attention out there and he found it funny that how people just walk pass them and ignore them.(walk though you) and yeh it all good for him that people does that.

    so that's that.
    satroxxx13on September 05, 2014   Link

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