"Twenty Years" as written by Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal, Steven Hewitt and Paul Campion....
There are twenty years to go
and twenty ways to know
who will wear
who will wear the hat

There are twenty years to go
the best of all i hope
enjoy the ride
the medicine show

And thems the breaks
for we designer fakes
we need to concentrate on more than meets the eye

There are twenty years to go
the faithful and the low
the best of starts
the broken heart,the stone

There are twenty years to go
the punch drunk and the blow
the worst of starts
the mercy part,the phone

And thems the breaks
for we designer fakes
we need to concentrate on more than meets the eye

Thems the breaks
for we designer fakes
but it's you i take it's you´re the truth,not i

There are twenty years to go
a golden age i know
but all will pass
will end too fast,you know

There are twenty years to go
and many friends i hope
though some may hold the rose
some hold the rope

and that´s the end and that´s the start of it
that´s the whole and that´s the part of it
that´s the high and that´s the heart of it
that´s the long and that´s the short of it
that´s the best and that´s the test in it
that´s the doubt,the doubt,the trust in it
that´s the sight and that´s the sound of it
that´s the gift and that´s the trick in it

you´re the truth,not i
you´re the truth,not i
you´re the truth,not i


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"Twenty Years" as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    General CommentThe song seems to be trailing a person's life. The stages of life are roughly 20 years long: childhood (0-18), early adulthood (19-45), middle age (46-65), and elderly (65-death). At the beginning of the song, the character is in childhood. I have a feeling the "hat" refers to the "dunce hat" that characters in cartoons are always sat on a stool and stuck in when they mess up, because in childhood people are always waiting for you to mess up. Then the character moves on to adulthood and starts out well, but then gets his heart broken and it turns to stone. Then he starts doing drugs (the bad start in middle aged life) until he decides to pick up the phone and go into rehab. After that the character enters the "golden age" which is what the period in life 65+ is usually referred to because you have acquired all the wisdom from living life. The singer notes this golden age of wisdom in life will end too fast because the character is now old and nearing death.
    The main focus of the song seems to be that this is just how life is (thems the breaks is a saying that means that is life), and that most people are like "designer fakes" because they focus on fitting in instead of looking beneath the surface for what matters in life (more than meets the eye). I think you're the truth not I refers to how this is not the character's true self, which he doesn't achieve until he reaches his golden age in his elderly years, because most old people by that age don't care about fitting in or what other people think.
    Tenkuhon June 12, 2019   Link

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