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Our Own Pretty Ways
First Aid Kit Lyrics


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Let's not spill the truth
It's easier being alone
You're a shadow of the old
And I want something new

You've quit dreaming again
I can see it now clear
But I'll wake up every morning
With the big black and the blue

Let's take this for what it is
You tell me you have changed
Well we all change in our own ways
In our own pretty ways

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It all comes down to this
I'm an ocean, you're the rain
The ice is melting fast
But you're not pulling down the brakes

You'll start drinking again
I can see it now clear
How you'll wake up every morning
With a new bird in your cage

Even the most peaceful town
Once was a battle ground
Well we all change in our own ways
In our own pretty ways

Even in our police state
Someone dares to demonstrate
Well we fight in our own ways
But nothing ever change

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Overall Meaning

In First Aid Kit's song Our Own Pretty Ways, the lyrics are filled with complex emotions and an underlying message of self-discovery and the inevitability of change. The song seems to be about a relationship that's coming to an end because one partner has given up on their dreams and the other wants something new. The first verse reveals the fear of telling the truth and instead choosing a more comfortable option of being alone. The second verse touches on the idea of change with the lines "You tell me you have changed, well we all change in our own ways, in our own pretty ways." It's a recognition that change is inevitable, but it doesn't always mean something new and better.


The chorus of the song is where the message becomes clearer. The line "It all comes down to this, I'm an ocean, you're the rain" implies a lack of synchronicity between the two people in the relationship. While the ice is melting fast, meaning there's a chance for renewal, one person is not on the same page, and their actions are pulling the other person down. The final verse seems to imply that change is hard, and while we all fight in our ways, nothing ever changes.


Overall, First Aid Kit's Our Own Pretty Ways is a beautiful song with layers of emotion and meaning that can be interpreted in various ways.


Line by Line Meaning

Let's not spill the truth
Let's avoid talking about the harsh reality


It's easier being alone
It's easier to avoid conflicts and stay alone


You're a shadow of the old
You've lost your charm and uniqueness


And I want something new
I desire change and novelty


You've quit dreaming again
You've given up on your aspirations


I can see it now clear
I can see the truth vividly


But I'll wake up every morning
I'll face the harsh reality every day


With the big black and the blue
With sadness and bruises


Let's take this for what it is
Let's accept the situation as it is


You tell me you have changed
You claim to be different now


Well we all change in our own ways
Everyone changes in their unique manner


In our own pretty ways
In ways that make us appear decent and attractive


It all comes down to this
Everything boils down to this moment


I'm an ocean, you're the rain
I'm vast and profound, and you're fleeting and trivial


The ice is melting fast
The coldness between us is thawing quickly


But you're not pulling down the brakes
But you're not slowing down the disconnection


You'll start drinking again
You'll resume your addiction to alcohol


How you'll wake up every morning
The manner in which you'll start your day


With a new bird in your cage
With a new person or problem in your life


Even the most peaceful town
Even a serene place


Once was a battle ground
Was once a place of conflict and struggle


Well we all change in our own ways
Everybody evolves in their own unique style


Even in our police state
Even in a country with strict laws


Someone dares to demonstrate
Someone rebels against the system


Well we fight in our own ways
We resist or struggle in our personal manner


But nothing ever change
But the situation never really changes


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An upbeat melody that accompanies the lyrics


La da da da da da
An upbeat melody that accompanies the lyrics


La da da da da da
An upbeat melody that accompanies the lyrics


La da da da da da
An upbeat melody that accompanies the lyrics




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JOHANNA KAJSA S�DERBERG, JOHANNA KAJSA SOEDERBERG, KLARA MARIA S�DERBERG, KLARA MARIA SOEDERBERG

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marly veens

"Our Own Pretty Ways"

Let's not spill the truth
It's easier being alone
You're a shadow of the old
And I want something new

You've quit dreaming again
I can see it now clear
But I'll wake up every morning
With the big black and the blue

Let's take this for what it is
You tell me you have changed
Well we all change in our own ways
In our own pretty ways

It all comes down to this
I'm an ocean, you're the rain
The ice is melting fast
But you're not pulling down the brakes

You'll start drinking again
I can see it now clear
How you'll wake up every morning
With a new bird in your cage

Even the most peaceful town
Once was a battle ground
Well we all change in our own ways
In our own pretty ways

Even in our police state
Someone dares to demonstrate
Well we fight in our own ways
But nothing ever change



All comments from YouTube:

Snorito

It surprises me everytime that despite their age they have such deep songs. It feels like an 80-year old person wrote these songs and I mean this as a compliment. Love it!!!

Maddy Cali

they each individually have amazing voices but put together, it is phenomenal, i get chills when i hear them sing

Grace Link

Their best performances are the ones they do in the woods like this.

cocteautwinned

Grace Link yeah,real nice touch. they are at home here

jimmy ponce

No saben todo lo que me hace recordar esta canción, es increíble, toda mi juventud que la pasé prácticamente solo, quizás yo quería estar solo. Qué bonitos recuerdos y qué linda música.

marly veens

"Our Own Pretty Ways"

Let's not spill the truth
It's easier being alone
You're a shadow of the old
And I want something new

You've quit dreaming again
I can see it now clear
But I'll wake up every morning
With the big black and the blue

Let's take this for what it is
You tell me you have changed
Well we all change in our own ways
In our own pretty ways

It all comes down to this
I'm an ocean, you're the rain
The ice is melting fast
But you're not pulling down the brakes

You'll start drinking again
I can see it now clear
How you'll wake up every morning
With a new bird in your cage

Even the most peaceful town
Once was a battle ground
Well we all change in our own ways
In our own pretty ways

Even in our police state
Someone dares to demonstrate
Well we fight in our own ways
But nothing ever change

Lucy • Black Hat White Hat

I'll always love them, I went to their concert back in 2012 and I was so overwhelmed. It was one of my first concerts and afterwards, I met them. They were so nice and I was kinda nervous so I couldn't say much, but I was so grateful I could see them. They harmonize so perfect together, I swear, if you have the chance to see them live - grab that opportunity with both hands. Totally worth it!

Tosca 💞👀

+MusicControlsMyLife1 Omg that sounds awesome 0.0 I'd love to meet them.

Lucy • Black Hat White Hat

Tosca Groenewold they're the sweetest girls ever, really. They took the time and gave every fan attention. It wasn't a big gig though, they weren't that well known back then as they are now. I hope you'll meet them one day! :)

Tosca 💞👀

MusicControlsMyLife1 Sounds amazing! I hope so too :)

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