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No One Knows
Queens of the Stone Age Lyrics


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We get some rules to follow
That and this
These and those
No one knows

We get these pills to swallow
How they stick
In your throat
Tastes like gold

Oh, what you do to me
No one knows

And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
Ah

I journey through the desert
Of the mind
With no hope
I follow

I drift along the ocean
Dead lifeboats in the sun
And come undone

Pleasantly caving in
I come undone

And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
Ah

Heaven smiles above me
What a gift here below
But no one knows

A gift that you give to me
No one knows

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Queens of the Stone Age's song "No One Knows" can be interpreted in various ways. The opening lines "We get some rules to follow, that and this, these and those, no one knows" suggest that the singer is confused and overwhelmed by the constraints and expectations of society. The reference to pills that are difficult to swallow may represent the challenges and difficulties of navigating life's obstacles. However, the taste of gold suggests that there may be rewards in life that are worth struggling for.


The lyrics also hint at a romantic relationship, with lines such as "Oh, what you do to me, no one knows," and "And I realize you're mine, indeed a fool am I." These lyrics suggest that the singer is in love but may not fully understand or appreciate the depth of those feelings. There is also a sense of introspection and self-reflection, with the lines "I journey through the desert of the mind with no hope I follow" and "Pleasantly caving in I come undone."


Overall, the lyrics of "No One Knows" seem to explore themes of confusion, hopelessness, and uncertainty, but also hint at the possibility of finding meaning and connection in life.


Interesting Facts about "No One Knows":


* The song was released in 2002 on Queens of the Stone Age's album "Songs for the Deaf."
* The song's main riff is played on a 12-string guitar.
* Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters played drums on the studio version of the song.
* The music video for "No One Knows" was directed by Dean Karr and features the band playing on a rooftop.
* The song was a commercial success, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earning a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.
* "No One Knows" has been covered by numerous artists, including Green Day, Mastodon, and 30 Seconds to Mars.
* The song has been used in various films, television shows, and video games, including "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band."
* The bridge section of the song features a vocal harmony by bassist Nick Oliveri that is in a different language (Spanish) than the rest of the lyrics.
* The song's opening riff is often used as a warm-up exercise for guitarists.
* In 2020, Rolling Stone ranked the song #64 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


Chords:
The chords to "No One Knows" are G, C, F, and A#. The song's opening riff is played on a 12-string guitar in a drop C tuning.


Line by Line Meaning

We get some rules to follow
We are given instructions and guidelines to adhere to.


That and this
We are expected to comply with various things, big and small.


These and those
We must observe both the principles we comprehend and those we cannot.


No one knows
There is no clear knowledge or understanding of why things are the way they are.


We get these pills to swallow
We are handed medications to ingest.


How they stick
These drugs are difficult to swallow and can feel unpalatable.


In your throat
These pills have a physical impact on our body.


Tastes like gold
These pills seem valuable and important, but their actual worth and benefit is unclear.


Oh, what you do to me
My experience is impacted by unknown factors.


No one knows
There is no way to fully comprehend these changes and how they impact us.


And I realize you're mine
I come to understand that I am responsible for my own life and choices.


Indeed a fool am I
I recognize that I have not made the best choices and have made mistakes.


And I realize you're mine
I understand that I am the only one with the power to make changes in my own life.


Indeed a fool am I
I acknowledge that there are areas I need to grow and learn.


Ah
This realization brings up mixed emotions, such as regret and optimism.


I journey through the desert
I go through a difficult and dry period in my life.


Of the mind
This period is more mental than physical, and affects my thoughts and feelings.


With no hope
I feel hopeless and lost during this time.


I follow
Despite feeling lost, I continue to try and find direction in my life.


I drift along the ocean
I metaphorically travel along rocky and turbulent waters in my life.


Dead lifeboats in the sun
I am surrounded by things that have failed, even in the brightness of the sun.


And come undone
I am unraveling and falling apart during this time.


Pleasantly caving in
Feeling helpless and without direction almost seems like a relief, even as it is difficult.


I come undone
This difficult time continues to cause me to feel untethered and chaotic.


Heaven smiles above me
A sense of peace and hope starts to envelop me, as though from a higher power.


What a gift here below
There are blessings and opportunities around me that have gone unnoticed.


But no one knows
Despite these gifts, there is still a sense of isolation and a lack of understanding.


A gift that you give to me
Some of these gifts and opportunities are brought into my life by others.


No one knows
Even with these moments of grace, there is still much that remains uncertain and unexplained.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Josh Homme, Nick S. Oliveri, Mark William Lanegan

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Brittany Waters

We get some rules to follow
That and this, these and those
No one knows
We get these pills to swallow
How they stick in your throat?
Tastes like gold
Oh, what you do to me
No one knows
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
I journey through the desert
Of the mind with no hope
I follow
I drift along the ocean
Dead lifeboats in the sun
And come undone
Pleasantly caving in
I come undone
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
Heaven smiles above me
What a gift here below
But no one knows
The gift that you give to me
No one knows



Hearthis

Sick, Sick, Sick
Don’t resist
It's a mistake, but who knows?
Followed you home, crawled in your window
This life is a trip when you're psycho in love
And I know
The door is open I swear
Ain't no use in pickin' up
You know why
It's all my head I know
So they tell me so
Until my head explodes
Into my head it goes



Shawarma

LYRICS


We get some rules to follow
That and this
These and those
No one knows

We get these pills to swallow
How they stick
In your throat
Tastes like gold
Oh, what you do to me
No one knows
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
Ah
I journey through the desert
Of the mind
With no hope
I found low
I drift along the ocean
Dead lifeboats in the sun
And come undone
Pleasantly caving in
I come undone
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool am I
And I realize you're mine
Indeed a fool I
Ah
Heaven smiles above me
What a gift her below
But no one knows
A gift that you give to me
No one knows



Maciej

Still the same. Ue, Nations League, Hippi lgbt ( The Doors- Ship od fouls, Soft Parade)

Bowie - I have never been in Oxford town, Valentines day, I am afraid of American 's

Orwell, Huxley, Adorno, Marcusse- sociotechics. ..

All story of this world is a false.

Dead Can Dance - "Amnesia"

Pi movie and Chokage.

Theory of Freud, Adler, Jung?
What is True?

The Book of Daniel.
He told all History of this world.

Babilon. Greece (Aleksander), Persja - IT will fall down. IT happened.

Nowe is Roma time. He means Babilon as well. Ezechiel said that Izrael will be attack by Russian, Turku and Iran.

Jesus was and He still he Is.:)
Every thing was written as a proof.
Check it.

All The Best.





Finalny. ..The



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The Anime Man

I still remember them playing this at the NiN/QoTSA joint gig I went to and it fucking blew up the stadium <3

Daniel Duckett

OMG I just subbed to you! Nice to see you have a good taste in music :D

James Temple

they were my second concert and afterwerds i could hear for 2 hours they blew the place away and btw love the videos

Petrea Jane

awesome taste dude XD subed a while ago, luv ur channel :)

Marta Lazy Gamer

I'm here to say Hi

maladjustedtv

I was at the Sydney, Newcastle, & Brisbane shows in Australia 😁👍

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OGciaus

This song is stuck on an infinite time loop. It doesn’t get old, it doesn’t get new, but each time you hear it, it sounds new but also very familiar.

Mark Hammar

It tastes like gold?

john adder

you sound like the radio dj from the album

Cloud Strife

Nice comment

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