"Youthless" as written by and Beck Hansen....
There's a bottomless pit that we've been climbing from
Just to get on level ground
Shake your seasick legs around
Dead of winter in a logo town
Signs of life are soft and flickering

Need a bed to lay my body down
Dead weight to carry down
Some static is lulling me to sleep

Hang your clothes on a chain link fence
In a junkyard say amen
Your mouth is full of wordless hymns
And run-on sentences

And they're helpless and forgetting in the background
Holding nothing
And they're youthless and pretending with their bare hands
Holding nothing

There's a million horses dragging down a monolith
With these trademarks so bereaved
Tied my leg to a barricade
With a plastic hand grenade
They tried to turn emotion into noise

Need a teleprompter for my life
Need a pipeline to the night
My body can't get no relief

And this life it goes by fast
You're treading water in the past
Trying to re-animate something that you can't understand

And they're helpless and forgetting in the background saying nothing
And he's youthless and forgetting with his bare hands touching nothing

And he's helpless and forgetting in the background saying nothing
And he's youthless and pretending with his bare hands holding nothing

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"Youthless" as written by Beck Hansen

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  • +1
    General Commentincredible song off Modern Guilt. While the melody and rythm are similar to songs like "black tambourine" and "nasuea", the arrangement and electronic instrumentation of "youthless" are far more dynamic. Lyrically, there is such continuity on this album, a very subtle politcal/socail critique of late capitalism, fittingly drowned out by the mechanic sounds of the information age.
    NLattanzion July 10, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song to me, is about how advanced the human species is but how we're always being set back by something. How menial tasks become life, it's a constant. So by being constantly set back we become youthless a "young race" so to speak, so we keep pretending we're better than we are. And I also get undertones of how ancient relics and technology is still sometimes baffling to us.
    liquidprimuson September 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorites on the new albums. the song sounds wasted, which i think is a very good thing in regards of the title and topic of the album..!
    carrotkinson August 26, 2008   Link

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