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The Adults Are Talking
The Strokes Lyrics


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They've been sayin', "You're sophisticated"
They're complainin', overeducated
You are saying all the words I'm dreaming
Say it after me
Say it after me
They will blame us, crucify and shame us
We can't help it if we are a problem
We are tryin' hard to get your attention
I'm climbin' up your wall
Climbin' up your wall

Don't go there 'cause you'll never return
I know you think of me when you think of her
But then it don't make sense when you're tryin' hard
To do the right thing but without recompense
And then you did something wrong and you said it was great
And now you don't know how you could ever complain
Because you're all confused 'cause you want me to
But then you want me to do it the same as you

You were waitin' for the elevator
You were sayin' all the words I'm dreaming
No more askin' questions or excuses
Information's here
Here and everywhere

Don't go there 'cause you'll never return
I know you think of me when you think of her
But then it don't make sense when you're tryin' hard
To do the right thing but without recompense
And then you did something wrong and you said it was great
And now you don't know how you could ever complain
Because you're all confused 'cause you want me to
But then you want me to do it the same way as you, and, but

I don't, I don't want anything
I know it's not, it's not your fault
I don't want anyone
Always I do, it's not for you

Ah
Ooh

Stockholders
Same shit, a different lie
I'll get it right sometime
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight

Hello?
Yeah, boy, here we go
And a-one, and a-two, and a-three
Here we go, friends
Hold on, I can't-
Maybe that's kooky situation
So, let's go back to the old key, old tempo, everything
Okay

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Strokes's song "The Adults Are Talking" seem to be touching on the idea of being misunderstood and judged by others. The opening lines speak to the idea of being labeled as "sophisticated" and "overeducated," which can often lead to criticism and ostracism from others who may not understand a certain way of thinking or living. Despite this, the singer seems to find solace in the fact that the person they are speaking to can understand their words and thoughts, saying "You are saying all the words I'm dreaming / Say it after me."


The second half of the song delves into the idea of conflicted emotions and desires, highlighting the confusion and frustration that can come from trying to do the right thing without receiving any recognition or reward. The lines "And then you did something wrong and you said it was great / And now you don't know how you could ever complain / Because you're all confused 'cause you want me to / But then you want me to do it the same as you" speak to the complex and often contradictory nature of human relationships.


Overall, the song seems to be grappling with themes of miscommunication, misunderstanding, and the complexities of human relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

They've been sayin', "You're sophisticated"
People are complimenting us and saying we're smart and polished


They're complainin', overeducated
But others are whining that we're too educated and a little bit annoying for that reason


You are saying all the words I'm dreaming
You're reading my mind and saying everything I'm thinking


Say it after me Say it after me
Repeat it with me, let's stay in sync


They will blame us, crucify and shame us We can't help it if we are a problem We are tryin' hard to get your attention
Others are going to attack us and try to make us feel bad, but we can't always help that we're causing disruptions because we're just trying to get people to notice us


I'm climbin' up your wall Climbin' up your wall
I'm making a lot of effort to get closer to you and get your attention


Don't go there 'cause you'll never return I know you think of me when you think of her But then it don't make sense when you're tryin' hard To do the right thing but without recompense And then you did something wrong and you said it was great And now you don't know how you could ever complain Because you're all confused 'cause you want me to But then you want me to do it the same as you
If you start going down this path again, you're going to regret it and never come back. I know you associate me with her, but it doesn't make sense why you're trying so hard to do what's right without getting anything in return. Then you did something wrong but convinced yourself it was good, and now you're confused because you want me to join you but also want me to be exactly like you.


You were waitin' for the elevator You were sayin' all the words I'm dreaming No more askin' questions or excuses Information's here Here and everywhere
I saw you waiting for the elevator and noticed that you were echoing everything I was thinking. Stop questioning and making excuses; the answer is here and everywhere.


I don't, I don't want anything I know it's not, it's not your fault I don't want anyone Always I do, it's not for you
I don't want anything or anyone, and I know that's not your fault or something you can give me. This is something I want for myself, not for you.


Stockholders Same shit, a different lie I'll get it right sometime Oh, maybe not tonight Oh, maybe not tonight Oh, maybe not tonight Oh, maybe not tonight Oh, maybe not tonight
Stockholders and businesspeople always say the same things that are never true. I'll eventually get it right, but maybe not tonight or anytime soon.


Hello? Yeah, boy, here we go And a-one, and a-two, and a-three Here we go, friends Hold on, I can't- Maybe that's kooky situation So, let's go back to the old key, old tempo, everything Okay
Hello? Yes, let's get started. And a-one, and a-two, and a-three - here we go, friends! Wait, I can't quite follow you. Maybe this is a strange situation. Let's revert back to something more familiar and comfortable, okay?




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Albert Jr. Hammond, Fabrizio Moretti, Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Nikolai Fraiture

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@MarcoPolo-YogurtSlinger

Lyrics

They've been sayin', "You're sophisticated"
They're complainin', overeducated
You are saying all the words I'm dreaming
Say it after me
Say it after me
They will blame us, crucify and shame us
We can't help it if we are a problem
We are tryin' hard to get your attention
I'm climbin' up your wall
Climbin' up your wall
Don't go there 'cause you'll never return
I know you think of me when you think of her
But then it don't make sense when you're tryin' hard
To do the right thing but without recompense
And then you did something wrong and you said it was great
And now you don't know how you could ever complain
Because you're all confused 'cause you want me to
But then you want me to do it the same as you
You were waitin' for the elevator
You were sayin' all the words I'm dreaming
No more askin' questions or excuses
Information's here
Here and everywhere
Don't go there 'cause you'll never return
I know you think of me when you think of her
But then it don't make sense when you're tryin' hard
To do the right thing but without recompense
And then you did something wrong and you said it was great
And now you don't know how you could ever complain
Because you're all confused 'cause you want me to
But then you want me to do it the same way as you, and, but
I don't, I don't want anything
I know it's not, it's not your fault
I don't want anyone
Always I do, it's not for you
Ah
Ooh
Stockholders
Same shit, a different lie
I'll get it right sometime
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight
Oh, maybe not tonight
Hello?
Yeah, boy, here we go
And a-one, and a-two, and a-three
Here we go, friends
Hold on, I can't-
Maybe that's kooky situation
So, let's go back to the old key, old tempo, everything
Okay



@Zeynep-hy6eh

Julian's ig post:

this guy above,
in a strange way
on a strange level it's what many strive for

being good at everything,
and having no emotion,
no sadness no pain no fear

but the problem is then you don't have the good things and we must realize it's more fun to be human than to be a bad-ass calculator



All comments from YouTube:

@Mateus505

while listening to the album I thought of a thousand different possibilites for a music video of this song
not a single one of them were baseball with robots

@angelagaubeca455

Same

@Marvell3000

That should have been the video idea for Ode to the Mets tbh. Missed opportunity

@angelagaubeca455

I thought they did it cause of ode to the mets 🤣 but seeing them being this silly does put a smile on my face 🤣

@ianatthirty

they call that



a curve ball

@DimitriGogh

@@Marvell3000 I dont think it fits well with ode to the mets, I'm glad we got the other video for ode

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@NicoleRafiee

we want strokes jerseys in the merch shop boys

@raissaaroucha

i knew you would be here

@melaniesimpson9519

Right? Somebody take my moneyyy

@TheFelixxx16

exactly my thoughts

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