"Music to Walk Home By" as written by and Kevin Parker....
But that's only when I think of you
Some vision that I hold on to
You know it's everything I do
You know it's everything I do

Can almost stand competing with the others
Can almost hear the fun that I should be having
Instead of just dreaming

But it's only when I think of you
The mover I could turn into
There must be something I can do
Yeah, there must be something I can do

I just don't know
How to feel right
A beautiful girl
Is wasting my life
I'm playing a part
As somebody else
While trying so hard
To be myself
I just need to hear
Somebody say
That this will make sense one day
I guess I'm alright
But they're all doing so well
What I wouldn't give
To be under that spell

You'll know soon, you'll know soon
You'll know soon, you'll know soon
You'll know soon, you'll know soon, yeah
Yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

But you don't know the truth
I really love you
You just don't believe
Anything I do

In so many ways
I'm somebody else
While trying so hard
To be myself
I just need to hear
Somebody say
This will all make
Sense one day

Well it's getting late
I'd better go
I made it this far
As far as I know


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"Music to Walk Home By" as written by Kevin Parker

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  • +10
    General Commentmy life down to the letter.. when you're strange, falling in love with someone who isn't takes a lot of changes to make the whole thing work, it doesn't take much to make you wonder why you're doing the things you;re expected to do, especially being a dreamer and a loner..very accurate song..as are most of Tame Impala's joints..
    blaqueczaron February 23, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationOne of the most beautiful parts of this song isn't listed in these lyrics...it's a distant sound in the background during the breakdown. He says:

    But you don't know do you?
    I'm in love with you
    You just won't believe
    In anything I do
    bhodg1on October 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've yet to find any song that captures the effects of crippling social anxiety as well as this one. It's about feeling like you don't belong no matter what you do, and the unbearable pain of actively trying so hard just to be "normal" - something that comes easy to everyone else, especially when the people you encounter on a regular basis constantly feel the need to remind you that you're not normal. This is done with stares, social exclusion, talking behind people's backs, etc. When you have to deal with these things, living life to the fullest is impossible, because simply leaving your house can be terrifying:

    Can almost stand competing with the others
    Can almost hear the fun that I should be having
    Instead of all this dreaming

    Few things are worse than feeling afraid to be happy and live your life because of other people's reactions. You can be having a good day where things are going well, and all it takes is one snide remark from a stranger or someone staring too long to send it all crashing down. A lot of Kevin's music takes on similar subject matter (Desire Be Desire Go, Why Won't They Talk to Me?, Solitude is Bliss, etc.) but this song just captures social anxiety perfectly. The chorus is especially crippling:

    I just don't know how to fell right...

    I'm playing the part of somebody else
    While trying so hard to be myself

    The narrator is trying desperately to fit in and avoid being made to feel like an outcast, but is also terrified of losing the things that make him/her unique. This can be an incredibly difficult struggle, since no one wants to feel like they're being constantly judged/scrutinized by others, but at the same time you don't want to give in completely to conformity and lose your identity. Anyone who has dealt with anxiety and/or depression can probably relate to this feeling. This song leads into the album's next track, Why Won't They Talk to Me?, perfectly. While that track is more direct, this one approaches the same subject matter with more subtlety and depth. It's also much sadder, and you can really hear the panic and despair in Kevin's voice. "I just don't know how to feel right"
    builttospilton December 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy life down to the letter.. when you're strange, falling in love with someone who isn't takes a lot of changes to make the whole thing work, it doesn't take much to make you wonder why you're doing the things you;re expected to do, especially being a dreamer and a loner..very accurate song..as are most of Tame Impala's joints..
    blaqueczaron February 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAny loner or socially awkward person will have an easy time connecting to this song. I interpret it as someone who's just basically driving themselves crazy over a girl by trying so hard to get them to like you while also being discreet and not actually making moves on the person a lot. Almost friend zoned in a way. You're stuck on wanting them to know about your affection at at the same time are too scared to do anything about it. You spend your time making scenarios in your head or overthinking it while others are making their move and it's just frustrating.
    rickycast16on October 01, 2015   Link

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