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The End Has No End
The Strokes Lyrics


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One by one, ticking time bombs won
It's not the secrets of the government
That's keeping you dumb
Oh, it's the other way around, wait
What's that sound?
One by one, baby, here they come

He wants it easy, he want it relaxed
Said, "I can do a lot of things, but I can't do that"
Two steps forward, then three steps back, alright

Won't you take a walk outside? Oh, no
Can't you find some other guy? Oh, no
One-nine-six-nine, what's that sound? Oh, no
Keeping down the underground, oh, no

The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end

He want it easy, he want it relaxed
Said, "I can do a lot of things, but I can't do that"
Two steps forward then three steps back, it won't be easy

Won't you take a walk outside? Oh, no
Can't you find another guy? Oh, no
One-nine-six-three, what's that sound? Oh, no
Keeping down the underground, oh, no

The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of The Strokes's song "The End Has No End" are quite abstract and cryptic, leaving them open to interpretation. However, one possible interpretation is that the song is a commentary on society's tendency to sabotage itself, even when it knows better. The first verse suggests that ticking "time bombs," or problems, are emerging one by one, but instead of addressing them, people remain ignorant and dumb. It's not the government's secrets that are keeping people in the dark, but their own apathy and indifference. This is reinforced in the second verse, where the singer rejects the idea of doing something challenging, implying that he too is guilty of complacency. The refrain of "the end has no end" suggests a cyclical pattern of destruction and rebirth, where problems never really get resolved, but continue to surface in different forms.


The third verse introduces a few more clues to the song's meaning, with references to the year 1969 and the underground. These could be interpreted as allusions to the counterculture and political movements of the 60s, and the idea that they ultimately failed to bring about lasting change. Keeping "down the underground" could also be a reference to the suppression of dissent and alternative perspectives, which harkens back to the idea of people sabotaging themselves by remaining ignorant.


Overall, "The End Has No End" is a cautionary tale about the danger of complacency and the need to constantly challenge ourselves and our assumptions. It's a call to action to stay vigilant and engaged, to not let problems fester and grow out of control, and to not simply accept things as they are.


Line by Line Meaning

One by one, ticking time bombs won
Each person is like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.


It's not the secrets of the government That's keeping you dumb
The government's secrets are not responsible for keeping people uninformed.


Oh, it's the other way around, wait What's that sound?
Actually, people are responsible for their own ignorance. The sound may be a wake-up call.


One by one, baby, here they come
One by one, people are starting to realize their own responsibility in staying informed.


He wants it easy, he want it relaxed Said, "I can do a lot of things, but I can't do that" Two steps forward, then three steps back, alright
People want an easy and relaxed life, but they realize that achieving it is not easy. They advance two steps, retreat three, but they are still okay.


Won't you take a walk outside? Oh, no Can't you find some other guy? Oh, no One-nine-six-nine, what's that sound? Oh, no Keeping down the underground, oh, no
The sound is still there, and people are still trying to ignore it. They want someone else to take responsibility for fixing it. The underground is trying to bring attention to the issue.


The end has no end, the end has no end The end has no end, the end has no end
The issue is ongoing and there is no clear resolution in sight.


Two steps forward then three steps back, it won't be easy
Moving forward and making progress will not be easy, as they will face many setbacks.


Won't you take a walk outside? Oh, no Can't you find another guy? Oh, no One-nine-six-three, what's that sound? Oh, no Keeping down the underground, oh, no
The same situation repeats, and people still try to avoid responsibility. The underground still wants attention and action to be taken.


The end has no end, the end has no end The end has no end, the end has no end The end has no end, the end has no end The end has no end, the end has no end
The issue is persistent and unending. It will continue to exist until someone takes action to address it.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Julian Casablancas

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Mariah Serna

Love this song so much ❤️✌️

My favorite band, with my favorite actress, and one of my fav songs by the strokes


Ughhhh the feels

And not to mention Nick's guitar part 😩❤️💯😘☺️

It's absolutely PERFECT



Javon McCovery

LYRICS:

One by one, ticking time bombs won
It's not the secrets of the government
That's keeping you dumb
Oh, it's the other way around, wait
What's that sound?
One by one, baby, here they come
He wants it easy, he want it relaxed
Said, "I can do a lot of things, but I can't do that"
Two steps forward, then three steps back, alright
Won't you take a walk outside? Oh, no
Can't you find some other guy? Oh, no
One-nine-six-nine, what's that sound? Oh, no
Keeping down the underground, oh, no
The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end
He want it easy, he want it relaxed
Said, "I can do a lot of things, but I can't do that"
Two steps forward then three steps back, it won't be easy
Won't you take a walk outside? Oh, no
Can't you find another guy? Oh, no
One-nine-six-three, what's that sound? Oh, no
Keeping down the underground, oh, no
The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end
The end has no end, the end has no end



All comments from YouTube:

Eireal

00:31 probably one of the most iconic, technical and underrated riff of the 2000

Dave

I guess that's the state of music these days. 1960's-1990's most songs had incredible guitar. But I agree, it's a nice lick. I should learn it.

Yannis Cuypers

It reminds me a bit of sweet child o mine although the song is overall totally different

Edwick Quiles

It's about dang time that riff got the cred it deserves(!). Really.

muchappreciated

Yannis SKypers wow so true!

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Danny Glover

easily the greatest band of the 2000's

ImpulseKi

jmjmjam easily the greatest band ever

Lucakat

@ImpulseKi yeah, they are known as the last great rock n roll band and I can see why.

layton N

@Lucakat parquet courts last album is pretty nice

Lucakat

@layton N each to their own. You have the right to your opinion.✌

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