Everybody's Wrong
Buffalo Springfield Lyrics


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Listen to my song
It isn't very long
You'll see before I'm gone
That everybody's wrong

Those of us who run
To catch a moment in the sun
Seem to find the when we're done
That we weren't supposed to run

And there's to many words going down
They keep wringing 'gainst the walls with a hollow sound
All about what it's going to be
Yes, you know what it was you'll see
It ain't payin', you and me not a crown

Finding what you sought
After all the times you've fought
Sometimes leave's you with the thought
That perhaps you just been bought

And there's to many words going down
They keep wringing 'gainst the walls with a hollow sound
All about what it's going to be
Yes, you know what it was you'll see
It ain't payin', you and me not a crown

Finding what you sought
After all the times you've fought




Sometimes leave's you with the thought
That perhaps you just been bought

Overall Meaning

In Buffalo Springfield's Everybody's Wrong, the singer addresses the fallacy of certainty and the dangers of conviction. The lyrics speak to the limits of human knowledge and the dangers of dogmatism. In the opening line, the singer invites the listener to pay attention to the song's message which is that everybody is wrong. The song is a critique of the idea that our beliefs and values are immutable and sacrosanct, and rather highlights the temporary nature of our convictions.


In the second and third stanza, the song highlights the human tendency to pursue fleeting pleasures and the error of chasing after them. The lyric speaks about how we sometimes discover that our preoccupation with such pleasures has led us into situations or outcomes that we had not intended. As a result, we may have to confront the fact that our actions or pursuits have been misguided or even futile. The chorus repeats and asserts that there are too many voices telling stories of what will be, and that we need to be cautious in accepting these beliefs or rhetoric.


The final stanza paraphrases the theme of the song with the idea that even our victories or accomplishments can leave us with the feeling of being compromised or bought. This reminder of our frailty is a warning against arrogance and a call for humility. Overall, Everybody's Wrong offers a message of skepticism, humility, and self-reflection, encouraging a critical and impartial attitude towards knowledge and the belief systems we use to navigate through life.


Line by Line Meaning

Listen to my song
Please listen to the lyrics of the song I'm about to sing.


It isn't very long
The song is brief and concise.


You'll see before I'm gone
You'll understand what I mean before I finish singing.


That everybody's wrong
It's likely that everyone is incorrect about something.


Those of us who run
People who are in a hurry or always busy.


To catch a moment in the sun
Trying to seize an opportunity to become famous or successful.


Seem to find the when we're done
Realize after it is no longer possible that what we were chasing may not have been important or worthwhile.


That we weren't supposed to run
Perhaps we weren't meant to accomplish what we were chasing in the first place.


And there's to many words going down
Too many people are saying too many things, and it's becoming difficult to make sense of it all.


They keep wringing 'gainst the walls with a hollow sound
Their words are empty and meaningless, like a reverberation or echo in an empty space.


All about what it's going to be
Constantly talking about the future and what it might hold.


Yes, you know what it was you'll see
Even though you may not have fully comprehended it yet, you know what the future holds because of the past.


It ain't payin', you and me not a crown
Talking about the future and constantly making predictions doesn't actually benefit anyone in the present,


Finding what you sought
After a long search, finally discovering what you've been looking for.


After all the times you've fought
Even after facing multiple difficulties and obstacles in the search.


Sometimes leave's you with the thought
You might be left with the idea that even after you've found something you were looking for, it may not be as valuable as you thought it would be.


That perhaps you just been bought
It's possible that what you've found was handed to you, or you've been deceived into believing it was valuable when it's not.




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: STEPHEN STILLS

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