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Only If
Steve Lacy Lyrics


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If I could travel through time, I think I
Would tell myself from the past, "You'll be fine"

But what you don't know is the fun part of fashion
And it's the place where I think all the fun begins
What you don't see is what you believe
But to be is the place where the angels dance
What you don't hear is the voice of fear
When you get passed, that is when your life appears
What you don't touch is what you won't clutch
But you'll latch on tight when the coast is clear

If I could travel through time, I think I
Would tell myself from the past, "You'll be fine"

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Steve Lacy's song Only If are reflective and introspective in nature. The song seems to be a conversation with oneself, where the persona of the song finds comfort in the idea of being able to time-travel and offer reassurance to his past self. The first few lines of the song are indicative of self-doubt and anxiety - the persona wonders if he could go back in time and tell himself that everything will eventually turn out okay.


The lyrics go on to talk about the 'fun part of fashion'. This line may be interpreted to suggest that style and fashion play an integral role in the persona's life - it is possibly the key to his confidence and the way with which he finds his feet in the world. The next set of lyrics enable us to delve deeper into the persona's thought process. They seem to suggest that what we see is not always the truth, and what we hear may not be the voice of reason, sometimes it is the voice of fear. The lyrics further suggest that it's only when we get passed the illusions and delusions and immerse ourselves in the moment - we find the real essence of life.


Line by Line Meaning

If I could travel through time, I think I
If given the chance to go back in time, I believe I would


Would tell myself from the past, "You'll be fine"
I would want to assure my past self that everything will turn out well


But what you don't know is the fun part of fashion
The best aspects of fashion are those that are not yet known


And it's the place where I think all the fun begins
Fashion is the starting point for enjoyment in life


What you don't see is what you believe
Our beliefs are influenced by what we cannot see or fully understand


But to be is the place where the angels dance
True contentment and joy can be found in simply being in the present moment


What you don't hear is the voice of fear
Fear can be suppressed and ignored, but it still exists without our notice


When you get passed, that is when your life appears
Life truly begins once we overcome the obstacles that were holding us back


What you don't touch is what you won't clutch
If we do not experience something for ourselves, we cannot form a strong attachment to it


But you'll latch on tight when the coast is clear
Once we have a clear understanding of something, we hold onto it tightly




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya

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If I could travel through time, I think I
Would tell myself from the past, "You'll be fine"

But what you don't know is the fun part of passion
And its the place where I think all the fun begins
What you don't see is what you believe
But to be is the place where the angels dance
What you don't hear is the voice of fear
When you get passed that is when your life appears
What you don't touch is what you won't clutch
But you'll latch on tight when the coast is clear

If I could travel through time, I think I
Would tell myself from the past, "You'll be fine"



All comments from YouTube:

Tro 209

This song is honestly amazing and one of my favorite songs ever. The lyrics hit deep for me because there really was a time where I felt my life was a joke and had no meaning. I was depressed and honestly felt worthless. To think that I’m the man who I am today and that I’m actually happy now and always optimistic and positive is a complete mind blowing thing to me.

Truly.. if I could travel through time , I think I would tell myself from past “you’ll be fine”

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Yes 👏👏

xanparts

Beautiful.

bartdude82

Fucking yes! I feel this 100%.

Trey McNair

Tro 209 ✨✨

Liliboom boom

That's amazing! I'm currently in the "what's the point of life" stage, but fighting hard to get to the other side. It's good to know that there really are brighter days and you've found yours! 🙌🏽

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Alexa

This and Igor are gonna be perfect for the summer

Jacob R.

Alexa Gonzalez look at Tyler’s story lol he mentioned this song

Leob

Hi alexa

Marco Franco

@Jacob R. I don't get it, where does T mentioned this song? :D

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