Soma is what they would take when
Hard times opened their eyes
Saw pain in a new way
High stakes for a few names
Racing against sunbeams
Losing against fig trees
In your eyes

And I am
Stop
And go
In your eyes
See, I am
Stop
And go
In your eyes

Let's go

When I saw her for the first time
Lips moved as her eyes closed
Heard something in his voice
"And I'll be there," he says
Then he walks out
Somehow he was tryin'
Too hard to be like them

And I am
Stop
And go
In your eyes
And I am
Stop
Oh, darlin' let me go

Tried it once and they liked it
And tried to hide it
Says, "I've been doin' this twenty-five years"
Well, I'm not listenin' no more
And these friends, they keep asking for more
Oh, yeah
Oh, but that's it


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    YES!!!!!!! i just logged in and came to this page to say this song is pure brave new world, and boom, the first comment i see said this.

    good call.

    thank you british lit.!!

    jangles21on August 25, 2006   Link
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    I cry at the fact about how important the Strokes were in music history when "Is This It" was released. Every track, Is This It, and The Modern Age, and Barley Legal to Hard To Explain, and my personal favorite, this one, are filled with the greatest rhythms by Fab, Al, and Nikolai, phenomenal leads and soloing by Nick, and of course, the one and only Julian, singing passionately and constantly.

    I love Soma. The G, G, G opening by Al, the simple but melodic riff Nick plays on low, and the booming bass and kickdrum atop of it. But Julian really shows off his timing and "fills." For example, during the chorus when he says, "In your eyes..." and at the ending, with "And that's it..," it is beautiful and perfect. In general, the song is about one person, a love interest, and about how she or he is the main purpose in he or she's life. No one can top the one that they love.

    "Is This It" changed the world forever. All the skaters and high school dropouts selling weed on the streets and partying at clubs in downtown metropolitan areas could relate and listen to the tracks of the Stokes's debut with rich, high-class civilians who barley worked. It is truly amazing how they changed the world.

    QOTSA/KYUSSon March 24, 2020   Link
  • +1
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    My mom used to take soma, as a painkiller. Not that that matters in any way.

    ::runs to library to check out book::

    not_fully_convincedon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    So to sum it up....

    The 3 possible meanings of this song.

    1. Julian Casablancas likes drugs.
    2. Aldous Huxley likes drugs.
    3. Ancient Hindus like drugs.
    sagittariusaon November 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "a gramme is better than a damn"

    Memqueenon January 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Ford, this is a great song!

    alexvandercolffon January 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    good times ... good times

    saneon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I really dont know what its about but im sure it has something in reference the the book " A brave new world" by aldous huxley about a society in the future which is basically a utopia with no feelings or emotions or anything. When something bad happens to people, they take a mescaline/ex like pill to relive any pain or unhappiness they may have. Thats what soma is, but i dont know how it relates to the song. See, ya learn something new every day.

    hamjamon April 19, 2002   Link
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    Yep it is definitely from Brave New World. I think it is about the character Bernard Marx who at first doesn't take the soma because he doesn't approve of the society around him but then because of a girl - Lenina - he decides to conform and he takes the soma. The line "He was trying too hard to be like them" sums it up perfectly.

    scubasheteveon May 13, 2002   Link
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    Brave New World was an awesome book...I don't think you would have a clue what the song meant without reading it, first!

    Lilakon June 05, 2002   Link

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