"Two Kinds Of Happiness" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
Happiness is two diff'rent things
What you take and then what you bring
One is pleasure, one's discipline,
One's devotion, one's just the ring.

Desire and reward.
Long term and short term joy.

Don't waste your heart
Don't waste your heart

One has nothing to do with the other..
and the world is all cousins not brothers

Hard to take you off of my love
One's an instant, one takes some will
One gives life, and one makes you kill
One's the means and ones for the end

Desire and reward.
Long term and short term joy.

Don't waste your heart
Don't waste your heart

One has nothing to do with the other..
and the world is all cousins not brothers

Don't you give in,
You're beginning


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"Two Kinds of Happiness" as written by Julian Casablancas

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    General CommentI believe he is separating the aspects of love from lust. And he states that one should not give up their heart to lust. Love definitiely takes more time (to grow) and it's more difficult to sustain, but the rewards are much greater. In the song, he's beginning to understand why it is more important to love than to merely lust. He's "beginning" to get it...
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon August 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionJulian finally posted the real lyrics!

    juliancasablancas.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/…
    CrotchetTheLeperon June 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionHappiness is two different things:
    what you take, and then what you bring.
    One's the pleasure, one is the pain.
    One's a poster, and one's just a ring.


    (I think this is a more acurrate first verse.)
    justthelyricson March 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know we are all trying to figure it out right now, as it just came out,

    but I believe the first lines are

    Happiness is two different things:
    what you take, and then what you bring.
    One is pleasure, one is the flame.
    One's devotion one's just deranged.
    jasonveraSCon March 22, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThis song is SO hard to hear - we may have to wait until live shows to figure it out. But here's what I got, and I think it's pretty accurate (what I do have, anyway):

    Happiness is two different things:
    What you take and then what you break
    One is fragile one is a flame
    One's devotion one's just a rage

    Inside everyone
    Love conquers alter-joy (?)

    Don't waste your heart
    Don't waste your heart

    Wanting nothing to do with the other (?)
    ... (?)

    ... my love
    One's an instinct one takes some will
    One ... life, one makes you kill
    ... what's lovely is that one's for the end

    Inside everyone
    Love conquers alter-joy (?)

    Don't waste your heart
    Don't waste your heart

    Wanting nothing to do with the other (?)
    ... (?)

    Don't you give in
    Don't be ... (?)
    CrotchetTheLeperon March 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthappiness is 2 different things is the first line. I dont know where to go from there
    panhoseon March 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthappiness is 2 different things is the first line. I dont know where to go from there
    panhoseon March 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBless your heart
    Don't work so hard
    -
    -

    That's the first half of the chorus.
    blackmantison March 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of 'Left & right in the Dark' on Julian's solo album! I like it!
    Orlaaaton March 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably the hardest Strokes song to understand. Is there no official lyrics packaged with the CD? I only got the digital version.
    creampufferon March 29, 2011   Link

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