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11th Dimension
Julian Casablancas Lyrics


I'll just nod, I've never been so good at shaking hands
I live on the frozen surface of a fireball
Where cities come together to hate each other in the name of sport
America, nothing is ever just anything
I looked up to you, but you thought I would look the other way

And you hear what you want to hear
And they take what they want to take

Don't be sad, won't ever happen like this anymore
So when's it coming, this last new great movement that I can join?
It won't end here, your faith has got to be greater than your fear

Forgive them, even if they are not sorry
All the vultures, bootleggers at the door waiting
You are looking for your own voice but in others
While it hears you, trapped in another dimension

Drop your guard, you don't have to be smart all of the time
I've got a mind full of blanks, I need to go somewhere new fast
And don't be shy, oh no, at least deliberately
'Cause no one really cares or wonders why anymore
Oh, I got music, coming out of my hands and feet and kisses

That is how it once was done
All the dreamers on the run

Forgive them, even if they are not sorry
All the vultures, bootleggers at the door waiting
We're so quick to point out our own flaws in others
Complicated mammals on the wings of robots

If you believe in this world then no one has died in vain
But don't you dare get to the top and not know what to do

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JULIAN CASABLANCAS

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Mel close

I'll just nod, I've never been so good at shaking hands
I live on the frozen surface of a fireball
Where cities come together to hate each other in the name of sport
America, nothing is ever just anything
I looked up to you, but you thought I would look the other way

And you hear what you want to hear
And they take what they want to take

Don't be sad, won't ever happen like this anymore
So when's it coming, this last new great movement that I can join?
It won't end here, your faith has got to be greater than your fear

Forgive them, even if they are not sorry
All the vultures, bootleggers at the door waiting
You are looking for your own voice but in others
While it hears you, trapped in another dimension

Drop your guard, you don't have to be smart all of the time
I've got a mind full of blanks, I need to go somewhere new fast
And don't be shy, oh no, at least deliberately
'Cause no one really cares or wonders why anymore
Oh, I got music, coming out of my hands and feet and kisses

That is how it once was done
All the dreamers on the run

Forgive them, even if they are not sorry
All the vultures, bootleggers at the door waiting
We're so quick to point out our own flaws in others
Complicated mammals on the wings of robots

If you believe in this world then no one has died in vain
But don't you dare get to the top and not know what to do



Jim Lewandowski

This is a comment I saw a long time ago and don't see it anymore. I feel it explains very well this song and music video so I will repost what he/she put.

" Forewarning; this is a small close analysis on the song and as such will be far larger than your average comment, if you don't want to read about what elements in the song represent and could mean, then skip over this comment
What I love about this song is the extremely intricate, clear, and positive meaning and moral of it and its lyrics; it tells a serious story, but it's still very uplifting.
Basically the tower represents goodness and ascending to being a better person. At the first level we see Julian has to learn that /anger is weakness and passion is strength/. We see this in his earliest flashback to (represented by his black-white Renaissance era scenes) He begins as a new musician and screwed over by the old guy. Instead of lashing out though, he persevered and moved on, hence him climbing the first level.
/don't be sad/
We see that he also says to not mope about your past failures and beat yourself up about them, this lets him move on to the next challenge in his life. Throughout this segment, it already hints of the largest challenge that is coming, however that is later. His next flashback in the sequence is set in a modern bar/club which is the present; he has to learn that /honoring what we desire above what we know is right, is sin/; seen in him visibly faltering to the cheating girlfriend's advances. (Also note this does take place all in his lifetime as he has now moved on from his greedy agent and has become successful, the reward of the first level. We also know that during this time, Julian learned that he /does not have to be smart all the time/ and realized that mistakes are okay. Tying back to the opening point of this paragraph) Julian decides to do what he knows is right above desire and ascends to level two.
/don't be shy; at least not deliberately/
Even though people will tempt you with desires and are disappointing, it's important not to hide; which is similar to the final and hardest part of the tower.
So Julian has ascended what appears to be the height of mortality and with his experience and is generally better than most people, right? Well that's the final challenge in this song, trapped in an Ivory Tower as people are now flocking to him and trying to be like him since he is now an awesome person as can be seen by the banging on the door. Note that scenes here are set in a Dystopian future; people's sin have ruined them and Julian having not been a complete Arse has been safe from the karma that life sends their way.
Julian is well within his rights to leave these people out there; after all is was their mistakes that brought them there, even they do not realize it. Hence his lack of punishment for his letting that normal guy die; however we also see him beginning to stagnate with his music and talent as he hides away. Eventually realizes the final and most difficult lesson. /forgive them even if they are not sorry/ . It's important that we don't hold on to hate or cynicism and isolate ourselves, though you may only do the right thing for those you care about and yourself, you will never quite reach Utopia. Julian here learns Altruism and he relents and lets in the Cheating girlfriend and Greedy agent into his shelter, saving them from their sin. We see Julian learn his final lesson and most difficult lesson and ascend to Heaven.

Overall, this song covers elements of Julian's life as we follow his career; he began with difficulties before becoming successful, we ten see him relaxing in his tower which represents him just enjoying his fortune and life's work ad stopping his music writing. It covers important morals in life, to be patient as it will bring one good things, to be conscientious and do what's right despite what you may want, and finally that Altruism will set you free and isolating yourself will only leave you miserable.

SUPERB WORK ON THE LYRICS AND VIDEO WHOEVER WROTE IT!
(and thank you for reading this far, viewer, I hope the analysis gave the song a deeper meaning for you.)"



CanadianHoneybadger

Forewarning; this is a small close analysis on the song and as such will be far larger then your average comment, if you don't want to read about what the elements in the song represent and could mean, then skip over this comment
What I love about this song is the extremely intricate, clear, and positive meaning and moral of it and its lyrics; it tells a serious story, but its still very uplifting.
Basically the tower represents goodness and ascending to being a better person. At the first level we see Julian has to learn that /anger is weakness and passion is strength/. We see this in his earliest flash back to (represented by his black-white Renaissance era scenes) He begins as a new musician and screwed over by the old guy. Instead of lashing out though he persevered on moved on, hence him climbing the first level.
/don't be sad/
We see that he also says not to mope about your past failures and beat yourself up about them, this lets him move on the next challenge in his life. Throughout this segment is already hints of the largest challenge that is coming however that is for later. His next flashback in the sequence is set a modern bar and club which is the present; he has to learn that /honoring what we desire above what we know is right, is sin/; seen in him visibly faltering to the cheating girlfriend's advances. (Also note this does take place all in his lifetime as he has now moved on from his greedy agent and has become successful, the reward of the first level. We also know that during this time Julian learnt that he /does not have be smart all the time/ and realized that mistakes are okay. Tying back to the opening point of this paragraph) Julian decides to do what he knows is right above desire and ascends to level two.
/don't be shy; at least not deliberately/
Even though people will tempt you with desires and are disappointing, its important not to hide; which is similar to the final and hardest part of the tower.
So Julian has ascended what appears to be the height of morality and with his experience and is generally better then most people right? Well that's the final challenge in this song, trapped in an Ivory Tower as people are now flocking to him and trying to be like him since he is now an awesome person as can be seen by the banging on the door. Note that Scenes here are set in a Dystopian future; people's sin have ruined them and Julian having not been a complete Arse has been safe from the karma that life sends their way.
Julian is well within his right to leave these people out there; after all it was their mistakes that brought them there, even they do not realize it. Hence his lack of punishment for his letting that normal guy die; however we also see him beginning to stagnate with his music and talent as he hides away. Eventually he realizes the final and most difficult lesson. /forgive them, even if they are not sorry/.
Its important that we don't hold on to hate or cynicism and isolate ourselves, though you may only do the right thing for those you care about and yourself, you will never quite reach Utopia. Julian here learns Altruism and he relents and lets in the Cheating girlfriend and Greedy agent into his shelter, saving them from their sin. We see Julian learn his final and most difficult lesson and ascend to Heaven.

Overall the song covers elements of Julian's life as we follow his career; he began with difficulties before becoming successful, we then see him relaxing in his tower which represents him just enjoying his fortune and life's work and stopping his music writing. It covers important morals in life, to be patient as it will bring one good things, to be conscientious and do whats right despite what you may want, and finally that Altruism will set you free and isolating yourself will only leave you miserable.

SUPERB WORK ON THE LYRICS AND VIDEO WHOEVER WROTE IT!
(and thank-you for reading this far, viewer, I hope the analysis gave the song deeper meaning for you.)



M. A K

I just nod, I've never been so good at shaking hands
I live on the frozen surface of a fireball
Where cities come together, to hate each other in the name of sport
America, nothing is ever just anything
I looked up to you but you thought I would look the other way

And you hear, what you want to hear
And they take what they want to take
Don't be sad, won't ever happen like this anymore
So when's it coming? This life's new great movement that I can join
It won't end here, your faith has got to be greater than your fear

Forgive them even if they are not sorry
All the vultures, bootleggers at the door waiting
You are looking for your own voice, but in others
While it hears you, trapped in another dimension

Drop your guard, you don't have to be smart all of the time
I got a mind full of blanks
I need to go somewhere new fast
And don't be shy, oh no, at least deliberately
No one really cares or wonders why anymore
Oh I got music, coming outta my hands and feet and kisses
That is how it once was done
All the dreamers on the run

Forgive them even if they are not sorry
All the vultures, bootleggers at the door waiting
We're so quick to point out our own flaws in others
Complicated mammals on the wings of robots

If you believe in this world no one has died in vain
But don't you dare get to the top and not know what to do



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윤호빵

11 Million views, 11 years ago, named 11 dimension. I'm on the perfect day.

Edward Marrero

U have an awesome profile pic

Cassie

1.1k likes hahahah

LAVE

Yeah

manusia retro

nope its not 11M but 12M !!

x X

i hit 11,111 followers on IG today, managed to get a screenshot, and felt the same way. my subconscious brought me to this song & now I'm here! what's uppppp

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elodie royer

yes im 10 years late idc this man is a musical genius you cant change my mind

Francisco Guerra

You haven't heard that much music if you think Julian is a musical genius, think before you write

LAVE

Yes

Zoned Oyestander

you shouldn't care what others think, as long as you feel connected

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