Revolution 0
Boygenius Lyrics


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Imaginary friend
You live up in my head
So I've been making music
Since you told me to do it
I just want to know
Who broke your nose
Figure out where they live
So I can kick their teeth in

If it isn't love, then what the fuck is it?
I guess just let me pretend

I don't want to die
That's a lie
But I'm afraid to get sick
I don't know what that is
You wanted a song
So it's gonna be a short one
Wish I wasn't so tired
But I'm tired

If you're not enough
Then I give up and then nothing is





I used to think if I just closed my eyes
I would disappear

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Revolution 0" by Boygenius showcase a deeply personal and introspective view of the songwriter's psyche. The first few lines are about an imaginary friend who has been urging her to make music, and the frustration of not being able to track down the imaginary friend's assailant. It's a poignant metaphor for the struggle of creating art, and how artists often feel they are fighting an unseen enemy.


The lyrics then continue on to explore the singer's personal struggles with fear of death and illness, and the sadness of being tired all the time. It's a raw and honest look at the anxieties and fears that plague all human beings, and how they can sometimes feel insurmountable.


The chorus is an expression of the inevitable human desire for love and connection, while also acknowledging the difficulty in identifying what love truly is. It's a beautiful and poignant song that manages to capture the essence of the human experience in a deeply personal way.


Line by Line Meaning

Imaginary friend
Addressing a fictional being in the singer's mind


You live up in my head
Acknowledging that the addressee is a figment of the singer's imagination


So I've been making music
Pursuing a creative outlet at the behest of the imaginary friend


Since you told me to do it
Implying the imaginary friend has directed the artist to make music; hinting at potential mental instability


I just want to know
Expressing curiosity and a desire for information


Who broke your nose
Addressing the imaginary friend as if it were a person with a physical body


Figure out where they live
Wishing to take action against someone who has hurt the imaginary friend


So I can kick their teeth in
Expressing readiness for violence against the imaginary friend's imagined assailant


If it isn't love, then what the fuck is it?
Questioning the nature of an ambiguous relationship or feeling


I guess just let me pretend
Preferring to live in the illusion of love despite doubts


I don't want to die
Expressing a basic human desire to live


That's a lie
Immediately contradicting the previous statement


But I'm afraid to get sick
Detailing a specific fear that the singer has


I don't know what that is
Admitting ignorance or confusion about the feared condition


You wanted a song
Addressing the imaginary friend and fulfilling a request or expectation


So it's gonna be a short one
Forewarning that the song will be brief or incomplete


Wish I wasn't so tired
Expressing a desire for energy or motivation


But I'm tired
Acknowledging fatigue or burnout


If you're not enough
Implying that the imaginary friend may have fallen short in some way


Then I give up and then nothing is
Suggesting that the imaginary friend is essential to the artist's existence or motivation


I used to think if I just closed my eyes
Referencing a previous thought or belief the artist held


I would disappear
Expressing a desire to escape or avoid reality




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@piggystardust

Imaginary friend
You live up in my head
So I've been making music
Since you told me to do it

I just want to know
Who broke your nose
Figure out where they live
So I can kick their teeth in

If it isn't love, then what the fuck is it?
I guess just let me pretend

I don't want to die
That's a lie
But I'm afraid to get sick
I don't know what that is

You wanted a song
So it's gonna be a short one
Wish I wasn't so tired
But I'm tired

If you're not enough
Then I give up and then nothing is

I, I, I
I, I, I
I, I, I
I, I, I

I used to think if I just closed my eyes
I would disappear...



@flaviafdes3340

Mm, mm-mm, mm, mm
Imaginary friend
You live up in my head
So I've been making music
Since you told me to do it
I just wanna know
Who broke your nose
Figure out where they live
So I can kick their teeth in
If it isn't love then
What the fuck is it? I guess
Just let me pretend
I don't wanna die
That's a lie
But I'm afraid to get sick
I don't know what that is
You wanted a song
So it's gonna be a short one
Wish I wasn't so tired
But I'm tired
If you're not enough
Then I give up
And then nothing is
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah, oh-oh, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah, oh-oh, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah, oh-oh, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah, oh-oh, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
I used to think if I'd just close my eyes
I will disappear
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah, oh-oh, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah, oh-oh, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah-oh-ah
Ah, oh-oh (there's absolutely nothing going on, okay), ah-ah, ah-ah-ah



All comments from YouTube:

@Truluckk

THE ENDING? TOES CURLED THROWING UP GRIPPING SHEETS RUNNING OVER MYSELF 50 TIMES PULLING MY HAIR SCREAMING CRYING FALLING OFF A WATERTOWER

@everaced

This is so violently on-brand to their visceral prose 💀 you go girl!!!

@hfjireh

“I used to think if I just closed my eyes, I would disappear” reminds me so much of Sidelines’ “And I used to think you could hear the ocean in a seashell, what a childish thing”

@sm0kesignalz

how am I supposed to live my life after listening to this 😭😭😭😭😭😭

@tamsinmays2505

true

@minameismud7864

Boring

@analysiswitch6095

the way it's produced sounds like a sunset on the beach or something, it's so gorgeous. also at the end you can hear someone saying "there's absolutely nothing going on", and then someone else saying "look at me"

@garysimpson9560

A truly brilliant album. Congratulations Lucy, Julien & Phoebe - the Grammy for album of the year is yours......

@izzyc347

lol and they were just nominated

@Andyyoureastar

I hope you sir are having a great life and continue to make great predictions

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