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Ho Hey
The Lumineers Lyrics


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(Ho)
(Hey)
(Ho)
(Hey)

(Ho) I been tryin' to do it right
(Hey) I been livin' a lonely life
(Ho) I been sleepin' here instead
(Hey) I been sleepin' in my bed
(Ho) I been sleepin' in my bed
(Hey)
(Ho)
(Ho) so show me family
(Hey) all the blood that I will bleed
(Ho) I don't know where I belong
(Hey) I don't know where I went wrong
(Ho) but I can write a song
(Hey)

I belong with you, you belong with me
You're my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
You're my sweet

(Ho)
(Hey) come on, now
(Ho) hey
(Hey)

(Ho) I don't think you're right for him
(Hey) think of what it might've been if we
(Ho) took a bus to Chinatown
(Hey) I'd be standin' on Canal
(Ho) and Bowery
(Hey)
(Ho) she'd be standin' next to me
(Hey)

I belong with you, you belong with me
You're my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
You're my sweetheart

Love, we need it now
Let's hope for some
'Cause, oh, we're bleedin' out

I belong with you, you belong with me
You're my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me
You're my sweet
(Ho)
(Hey)
(Ho)
(Hey)

Overall Meaning

The Lumineers' hit song Ho Hey is a heartfelt exploration of love, belonging, and loneliness. The lyrics themselves are simple and direct, but the emotion and passion behind them is clear from the opening lines. The song begins with the repetition of "ho" and "hey," providing a catchy and energetic rhythm that symbolizes the ups and downs of life.


The first verse speaks to the trials and tribulations of trying to live a good life, admitting to the loneliness that comes along with it. With the line "I been sleepin' here instead," we see an indication of physical and emotional disconnection. Despite this struggle, the singer longs for family, looking for the comfort of those who share his blood and would be willing to bleed alongside him. The line "I don't know where I belong, I don't know where I went wrong" suggest a sense of confusion and desperation, but the last line of the verse, "but I can write a song," is a hopeful and powerful statement that suggests art and expression can provide solace even in difficult times.


The chorus, "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart," is simple and impactful, indicating a sense of completion and companionship that the singer craves. The second verse continues this theme, with the singer expressing his belief that he and his love interest are meant to be together despite any external factors. The final lines of the song, "Love, we need it now, let's hope for some, 'cause oh, we're bleedin' out," suggest a sense of urgency and desperation, that love is the only answer when we're hurting and struggling.


Line by Line Meaning

(Ho) I been tryin' to do it right
I have been making an effort to be a better person.


(Hey) I been livin' a lonely life
Despite my efforts to be a better person, I've been feeling isolated and alone.


(Ho) I been sleepin' here instead
I've been sleeping in my present situation rather than making changes to better my life.


(Hey) I been sleepin' in my bed
I have been physically sleeping in my own bed, but feeling emotionally distant from others.


(Ho) so show me family
I am searching for a sense of belonging and acceptance from a group of people who accept me as family.


(Hey) all the blood that I will bleed
I am willing to give my all to this family and be a loyal member despite the challenges I may face.


(Ho) I don't know where I belong
I am puzzled and uncertain about where I fit in and where I should be in life.


(Hey) I don't know where I went wrong
I am not sure where I made mistakes that led me to my current uncertain state of being.


(Ho) but I can write a song
Despite my confusion, I can use music as an outlet to express how I feel and make sense of my situation.


(Hey)
This line is repeated, perhaps to signify that the artist is reflecting or pondering.


(Ho) I belong with you, you belong with me
The singer believes that they and their listener should be together, as they are meant to be soulmates.


(Hey) come on, now
This line is used to convey a sense of urgency or excitement, as if the artist is trying to persuade the listener to come with them.


(Ho) I don't think you're right for him
The singer believes that their listener's current partner is not the right fit for them.


(Hey) think of what it might've been if we
The singer is asking the listener to consider an alternate reality where they are together instead of the listener's current partner.


(Ho) took a bus to Chinatown
The singer imagines a scenario where they and the listener take a spontaneous adventure to a unique place like Chinatown.


(Hey) I'd be standin' on Canal
The listener would find themselves in a new environment, such as Canal Street in Chinatown, with the artist as their guide.


(Ho) and Bowery
Bowery is a street in Manhattan, suggesting that the artist is excited about another new and unique location.


(Hey)
Again, this repeated line seems to act as a moment of reflection, perhaps allowing the listener to consider the scenario.


(Ho) she'd be standin' next to me
In this imaginary scenario, the singer and the listener are standing close to each other, with the singer feeling closer to the listener than ever before.


(Hey)
This repeat line serves as a moment of excitement or anticipation, like the listener is getting ready to say yes to the artist's proposal.


Love, we need it now
The artist expresses a need for love in their life, indicating that love is a crucial aspect of human existence.


Let's hope for some
The artist suggests holding out hope for finding love and better circumstances.


'Cause, oh, we're bleedin' out
The sense of urgency and desperation is reinforced here, with the singer implying that they and the listener are emotionally hurting and in need of healing.


(Ho)
This repeated line acts as a bookend to the song, like bringing the story to a close after the artist has made their case to the listener.


(Hey)
Another repeated line, this one seems to act as a moment for reflection after the urgency and excitement of the chorus has abated.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Jeremy Fraites, Wesley Schultz

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@dimhus5923

Most nostalgic songs
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GANGNAM STYLE
Repy some nostalgic songs so i can add to the list
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I searched UnU

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11 years later still gives a nostalgic feeling when you listen to it

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As long as it's a song from before the world ended in early 2020. I have powerful nostalgia for that time.

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