You know I lose,
you know I win
You know I call for
the shape I'm in.
It's just a game you
see me play,
Only real in the way
That I feel
from day to day.

Although the answer
is not unknown,
I'm searchin', searchin',
and how I've grown.
It's not all right
to say goodbye,
And the world on a string
Doesn't mean a thing.

No, the world on a string
Doesn't mean a thing.
It's only real in the way
That I feel from day to day.
No, the world on a string
Doesn't mean a thing.


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    General CommentI think that this song tries to say that nothing matters except for the way that you feel about yourself. Even if you had the world on a string, it doesn't even matter unless you are happy on the inside. It doesn't mean a thing unless that special person that you want to be yours doesn't really want to be yours. This is what I find to be wrong with myself. I can be so unhappy even though I have every advantage in the world on my side. Something so miniscule as a meaningless girl in my life can make me so unhappy.
    phishphanon July 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyou also have to remember that the album "tonight's the night" was a rather drunken, beautiful mess of a tribute to recently (at the time) deceased friends, (guitarist Danny Whitten and CSNY roadie Bruce Barry). i can see how this song would relate to that, as in young has money and fame ("the world on a string") but it "doesn't mean a thing" because he has lost his friends.
    5isa4letterwordon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti really think this is the best song on TTN
    mainly because it seems to break away from the themes of catharsis and grief.
    it has it's own philosophy. to me as profound as any.
    it's only real in the way that i feel from day to day.
    to put a realistic sentiment that simply is beautiful to me.
    ShakeyFan2on November 07, 2009   Link

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