On top of the world you get nothing done
Talk is cold and burns like the sun
Can't you see these skies are breaking?
Cause the top of the world is where I'm from

The back of the class is where I was
Keeping quiet, playing dumb
Can't you see these skies are breaking?
Cause the back of the class is where I'm from

I am one
I am, I am one
I am, I am, I am, I am

I'm on a race and it's killing time
I don't need yours I'll keep it with mine
Can't you see these skies are breaking?
Cause I'm on a race and I'm doing fine
Thank you

Two of a kind and no one home
I'm in a crowd and I'm still alone
Can't you see these skies are breaking?
Cause one of a kind is all I own

I am one
I am
I am one
I am I am I am I am I am

Out of the womb and into the void
I wanna try but I get annoyed
Can't you see these skies are breaking?
So out of the womb and into the void

I am one
I am
I am one
I am I am I am I am
I am one
I am
I am one
I am I am I am I am I am

On top of the world you get nothing done.


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One of a Kind Lyrics as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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    My InterpretationI think the song is about the problem: How to deal with having come so far on your own but still having people around you who want to tell you what to do.

    The protagonist has reached the top of where he always wanted to be, but 'these skies are breaking' are referring to how far he can fall.

    He was once in a place where he felt more comfortable, but now he's up there on top of the world where there's only the 'void' around him.

    And he has reached some level of success, but the people around him are only thinking about profit (cold) and if he does not comply or flies too high, either the people around him will burn him or he will burn out.

    I'm thinking of the Ikarus story, but in this song, the protagonist has reached a better level of understanding before getting burned. So he's able to act as a mentor figure to others telling them what he has achieved.

    And he will keep doing what he does best, even if that means being alone.

    He won't trade goals 'I don't need yours I'll keep it with mine,' because he knows he has to stay true to himself. 'I wanna try but I get annoyed' means he wants to go on but there are many people around who wanna tell him what is best for him that it gets really hard to continue doing their own thing. Because they are one of a kind and only they can achieve their goal.
    StoriesinSongs.comon January 16, 2020   Link

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