What a drag it is the shape I'm in
Well, I go out somewhere then I come home again

I light a cigarette 'cause I can't get no sleep
There's nothing on the TV, nothing on the radio
That means that much to me

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There's panic in America
Oh, there's trouble in America, oh

Yesterday was easy, happiness came and went
I got the movie script but I don't know what it meant

I light a cigarette 'cause I can't get no sleep
There's nothing on the TV, nothing on the radio
That means that much to me
There's nothing on the TV, nothing on the radio
That I can believe in

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There's panic in America
Oh, there's trouble in America
Oh, there's panic in America, oh

Yesterday was easy
Yes, I got the news
When you get it straight, but stand up you just can't lose
Give you my confidence, all my faith in life

Don't stand me up, don't let me down
I need you tonight
To hold me, say you'll be here
To hold me, say you'll be here
To hold me, say you'll be here
To hold

All my life
Watching America
All my life
There's panic in America
Oh, she's just in America, oh

Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel
Tell me how does it feel


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America Lyrics as written by Andy Burrows Johnny Borrell

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    General CommentI think this song is about beeing seperated from the one person you love and how your life is boring and somehow worthless and all you do is focus on her and how things are for her. and he is waiting and grasping for every little bit of news he gets from her. and he wants her to come back and stay with him. He is looking for something that could make him forget about loneliness and seperation but he can't find a thing that means as much to him so he could forget and he can't even sleep because of his longing for her.
    Alexiel_Lagunaon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if The Borrell's attempting use of 'America' in a sort of Simon & Garfunkel manner, aka. the ideal? He talks about restlessness and unhappiness and how it's parallel to the 'trouble in America', and all that. And it also works literally speaking, I suppose, though while being really rather simple.

    (Of course, this IS Razorlight, so it could just be a load of gobshite, really.)
    _thegreatesthitson October 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a couple of things. First, it's a commentary on the media- in England, most of the news we get about America is bad stuff- it seems like that's all that ever happens. What with 9/11 (loath as I am to bring it up) terrorism,hurricane katrina and so on, it seems like all we ever see in the news is America. When this album was being written, Razorlight were touring America-
    "There's nothing on the TV nothing on the radio
    That means that much to me "
    Everything about this song is lonliness, and isolation. When you're sat in hotel room after hotel room, with nothing to do but watch TV, missing everyone you love.
    skarlett_nailzon December 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Skarlett, very much about watching American TV, news or movies that are very fast paced and conveniently pakaged and, dare I say, in the most part lacking any thought provocation and then thinking 'what relevance has that to do with me living here in UK, or wherever you may be?'
    The 'panic'? Well just watch CNN (if you ever get stuck in a hotel with no other English channel available) trying to make out what a big deal some trivial headline is, on a no news day.
    shakeymangoon December 29, 2006   Link
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    MemoryI don't really know what the song means, but it always reminds me of being in Iraq, in the boiling hot sand. I always reminisce when i hear it of that time, and also how i missed the girl i loved. So i think i found my meaning to it in the loneliness part from missing her. And also i guess she went on holiday to America when i was out there, so it all links up somehow. Don't particularly rate razorlight but thats an outstanding song. And when i can't sleep forsome reason it always pops into my head and i go out for a cigarette, like tonight in fact! I enjoyed reading everyone elses interpretations on the song, and others memories.
    commandomaxon May 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the song is about feeling isolated, also i think it's the type of song that reminds you of something, maybe a time in your life. I totally disagree with the nay sayers of this song, the lyrics are magic and the guitar melody maybe the most beautiful of all time.
    LostVibeson August 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmerica is a metaphor for power and status. The song is about doomed love between a decent poor guy who met and fell in love with someone who is attached, much higher status and ultimately unavailable.
    Serpentspeakson October 06, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this actually, its very different to the last Razorlight stuff, I think anyway
    About the media? but im not really sure what else....
    bloc_party15on July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere seems to be a few themes. One of which has to be his feeling of isolation by American Culture. How his life seems boring when compared to coverage on America. For the last verse or so, it seems he is actuall singing 'to' America:

    Yesterday was easy
    Yes I got the news
    When you get it straight, but stand up you just can't lose
    Give you my confidence, all my faith in life

    Dont stand me up
    Don't let me down
    I need you tonight

    Non?
    Jaydon July 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDitto. Razorlight are extremely overrated.
    Deathsdoor99on October 13, 2006   Link

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