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The Less I Know the Better
Tame Impala Lyrics


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Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better

Oh, my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh, my love, can't you see that you're on my mind?
Don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind?
So goodbye

She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever

Oh, my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind?

I was doin' fine without you
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Givin' in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want? is this who you are?
I was doin' fine without you
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"

Overall Meaning

The song The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala tells the story of a man who discovers that his romantic interest is involved with someone else, named Trevor. The singer reacts to the news with a mix of shock, jealousy, and resentment. He tries to convince himself to move on and forget about the girl who is seeing someone else, but is ultimately unsuccessful in doing so. The lyrics reveal a sense of longing for a love that is out of reach, as well as a sense of frustration and helplessness in the face of this unrequited love.


Throughout the song, the singer struggles to come to terms with his feelings. He vacillates between hope and despair, imagining a future where he and the girl are together, while also acknowledging that this is unlikely to ever happen. As the song progresses, his emotions become more extreme, and his language becomes more exaggerated. He becomes fixated on his inability to change the situation, and his anger towards Trevor and the girl who he desires. Ultimately, the singer's feelings are left unresolved, and the song ends on a note of frustration and longing.


Line by Line Meaning

Someone said they left together
A third party told me that my love interest and the person I suspect she is seeing left in each other's company.


I ran out the door to get her
I rushed to pursue her to try and come face to face and see the truth for myself.


She was holding hands with Trevor
My worst suspicion was confirmed as I saw the girl I love, holding hands with another man.


Not the greatest feeling ever
I was feeling terrible, and that experience wasn't one of the best ones I've ever had.


Said, "Pull yourself together
Despite the emotional turmoil, someone advises me to compose myself and face the reality.


You should try your luck with Heather"
Inappropriate or not, somebody suggests that I try to go out with Heather rather than the girl I have feelings for.


Then I heard they slept together
Rumors are flying that my love interest and the guy I saw her with slept together.


Oh, the less I know the better
I don't want any further knowledge of the situation, and maybe ignorance is bliss in this situation.


Oh, my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I plead with my love interest to come to her senses and be with me instead of the guy who is currently with her.


No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
I try to rationalize my loss and the fact that the girl I love is with someone else by imagining him with her every single night.


Oh, my love, can't you see that you're on my mind?
I remind my love interest that she's always at the forefront of my thoughts, making her decision to be with someone else all the more painful.


Don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind?
I'm still hopeful that maybe she can convince her current lover to be with me instead, a final plea for the girl I adore.


So goodbye
Despite this hope, I know I have to accept the reality that my love interest is not mine, and we will have to say goodbye.


She said, "It's not now or never
Her fleeting attempt to soften the blow by suggesting that we have a future together, but just not right now.


Wait ten years, we'll be together"
She suggests that we have a future together, but when more time has passed and our circumstances are different, which feels like a hollow promise.


I said, "Better late than never
Despite my skepticism, I cling on to hope that perhaps someday we will be together.


Just don't make me wait forever"
Given my newly found reluctance to wait, I implore her to not make me wait indefinitely for her to be with me.


Oh, my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I plead with my love interest to see that it's me who should be with her, not the man she's with now.


I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind?
Again, I ask for one last time if she can change her current lover's mind or see the light and come to me.


I was doin' fine without you
Previously, I was content, happy and fulfilled without her in my life.


'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
But seeing her made me realize how much I loved and wanted her by my side, and now it's impossible to forget and go back to how things once were.


Givin' in to all his bullshit
I'm angry with her for choosing her current lover, even though he's not worth it and probably full of lies and deceit.


Is this what you want? Is this who you are?
As I watch her accept her current lover despite knowing that he is unworthy of both her and her love, I ask again if that's what she wants and if that's who she has become.


I was doin' fine without you
A reaffirmation that I was once content, but seeing her with someone else has changed everything.


'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Further elaboration on this point - when I looked into her eyes and saw her look away from mine, I realized things can never be the same.


Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
I see that her current lover has her where he wants her, and I know now the fight for her is over.


Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
A snide and almost sarcastic comment directed at her current lover - that he can come save her, like all good superheroes do.


Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Repeated once more, this time with a more mocking tone - it feels like the end of the road for the hopes of being with her, and now only bitterness remains.


Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
A final repeat of the mocking comment - this is a song of lost love, and the final notes are ringing out.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Kevin Richard Parker

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Ann Simpson

warren's vocals and guitar.pull the song up to the.intensity it deserves. HAs is true of all his work, his. immense capacity to encompass the.musicality and the authenticity of his vocals and!amnva awesome ands guides

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@cooperd6495



Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better
Oh, my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh, my love, can't you see that you're on my mind?
Don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind?
So goodbye
She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever
Oh, my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind?
I was doin' fine without you
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Givin' in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want? is this who you are?
I was doin' fine without you
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"



@phalcata572

Ghosted by the woman I spoke to for two years. Decided, after 3 months of waiting that I deserved better, and so I’d fully focus on myself. Went for a 25 dollar epiphany burger, as my final lunch in this unholy coast. Had just spoke to an expert of the new field of business I’m in who said repeatedly how they knew it was my calling.

The guys across the patio were complaining about their jobs as realtors.

The couple behind me was quiet, but they were happy, they had a new born who giggled and cooed. It reminded me that purpose could also be fulfilling.

I thought about how you’d be obsessing over this stupid eclipse like it’d somehow change your life. I used to love when you’d ramble about mysticism and the cosmos. Magnificent and infinite like the universe, that’s how I once felt about you. Whoever you’re with now doesn’t see you that way.

This song started playing and it’s extremely groovy baseline reminded me that if I stopped thinking about you, I could appreciate masterful music like this. Like I once did.



@louishenston1111

Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye
She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"



@yarissamorga1220

Lyrics
Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye
She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"



@ellencogo8705

Letras
Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye
She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without you
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"



@pinguimverde6851

LYRICS

Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind?
Don't suppose we could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye
She said, "It's not now or never
Wait ten years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever
Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
I was doing fine without ya
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want? Is this who you are?
I was doing fine without ya
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"



@SohamAmbekar21

Lyrics:

Someone said they left together
I ran out the door to get her
She was holding hands with Trevor
Not the greatest feeling ever
Said, "Pull yourself together
You should try your luck with Heather"
Then I heard they slept together
Oh, the less I know the better
The less I know the better

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side
No surprise when you're on his shoulder like every night
Oh my love, can't you see that you're on my mind
Don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind
So goodbye

She said, "It's not now or never
Wait 10 years, we'll be together"
I said, "Better late than never
Just don't make me wait forever"
Don't make me wait forever
Don't make me wait forever

Oh my love, can't you see yourself by my side?
I don't suppose you could convince your lover to change his mind

I was doing fine without ya
'Til I saw your face, now I can't erase
Giving in to all his bullshit
Is this what you want, is this who you are?
I was doing fine without ya
'Til I saw your eyes turn away from mine
Oh, sweet darling, where he wants you
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"
Said, "Come on Superman, say your stupid line"



All comments from YouTube:

@Vauxey

So weird how something can sound futuristic and vintage at the same time

@Spider-Man_2099_

for real, i can listen to this at either the 80’s or the 2059 and it’ll feel like a current hit

@harshmotwani8084

That's how a lot of 80s/90s music sounded. It was meant to sound futuristic. This song uses a similar style.

@enemylasagna1553

Retro

@faithrobinson8074

retro futurism is exactly whats this style is

@JoanAvilez

A timeless classic

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@kayy1736

"i can't really understand alot of what he's saying, but i like it. The less I know the better i guess" - my Grandpa 🤧

@anaiswatterson1696

I thought the same thing when i realized two of my bestfriends went on a date without inviting me lol

@mauriciogarcia4381

Imaginate como estoy yo ;) jajaja

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