It's Over
Electric Light Orchestra Lyrics


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It's over
It's over
It's over

Summer came and passed away
Hardly seemed to last a day
But it's over and what can I do?
Music playing in the air
Silence on a darkened stair
'Cause it's over and what can I do?

It's over, it's over, all over
It's all over now
And the way you look
Don't even mean I'm down
It's over

When you kick out the sea
And the sun says goodbye
There is nothing much to speak of
Getting down, down
(It's all over)
Getting down, down, down

Hey, baby
It's all gone
Rolled out to sea

Lookin' over sunny days (searching, searching)
Searching for the righteous wave
'Cause it's over, all gone, what can I do?

Looking from this distant shore (distant shore)
You ain't sailing by no more
'Cause it's over (it is over) and what can I do?

It's over, it's over, all over
It's all over now
And the way you look
Don't even mean I'm down
It's over, over (it's over)

When you kick out the sea
And the sun says goodbye
There is nothing much to speak of
Getting down, down
(It's over)
Getting down, down, down

Ah, it's over, it's over, it's over
It's all over and what can I do?
Ah, it's over, it's over, it's all over

Ooh, it's over, it's over
Don't shed a tear for me
It's over




Don't shed a tear
Oh no, it's over

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "It's Over" by Electric Light Orchestra speak about the end of a summer romance. The first two lines of the song set the tone, as the singer laments how quickly the summer has passed, almost as if it were only a single day. The repetition of "it's over" throughout the chorus emphasizes the finality of the relationship, leaving the singer to wonder what they can do now that it has ended.


The second verse describes the empty feeling left in the wake of the breakup. The music is still playing, but there is silence on the darkened stair, perhaps where they used to sit and talk. The lines "when you kick out the sea and the sun says goodbye, there is nothing much to speak of" suggest a feeling of hopelessness and loss, as if the end of the summer also marks the end of something bigger.


The final verse conveys a sense of distance and longing. The singer is searching for the "righteous wave," a metaphor for their lost love, but they are now looking from a "distant shore" because the other person is no longer in their life. The repetition of "it's over" in the final lines and the emphasis on the word "all" ("it's all over now") underscores the finality of the breakup and the singer's feelings of resignation.


Overall, "It's Over" by Electric Light Orchestra is a melancholy reflection on the end of a relationship, capturing the bittersweet feelings and lingering sense of loss that often accompany a breakup.


Line by Line Meaning

Summer came and passed away, Hardly seemed to last a day
The briefness of a summer season has come to an end and seemed to pass too quickly.


But it's over and what can I do
The end of summer is inevitable, therefore there is nothing that can be done to change it.


Music playin' in the air, Silence on a darkened stair 'cos it's over and what can I do
The juxtaposition of music and silence highlights the sense of emptiness and loss that comes with the end of something. Despite the music still playing, it does not fill the void created by the absence of summer.


It's over, it's over, all over, It's all over now And the way you looked Don't even mean I'm down.
The repetition of 'it's over' emphasizes the finality of the end of summer. Even though the way the person looked made the singer happy, it is not enough to overcome the sadness of the season ending.


When you kick out the sea And the sun says goodbye There is nothing much to speak of.
The imagery of the sea being 'kicked out' and the sun saying goodbye further emphasize the finality and sense of loss that comes with the end of something. There is nothing much to speak of because that which was present before is now gone.


Lookin' over sunny days, Searchin' for the righteous wave 'cos it's over and what can I do
The singer reminisces about the good times of summer and tries to hold onto these memories by searching for the 'righteous wave.' However, this is no longer possible because summer has ended.


Lookin' from this distant shore You ain't sailin' by no more 'cos it's over and what can I do
The distance between the singer and the person they are addressing highlights the irrelevance of the relationship now that summer has ended. There is nothing that can be done to bring back what once was.


Ah, it's over, it's over, it's over, It's all over and what can I do?
The repetition of 'it's over' and the question 'what can I do?' highlights the sense of helplessness that comes with the end of something that cannot be changed.


Ah, it's over, it's over, It's all over.
The repeated chorus emphasizes the finality of the end of summer and the sense of loss that comes with it.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jeff Lynne

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@MrFantabuloso

Summer came and passed away,
Hardly seemed to last a day
But it's over and what can I do
Music playin' in the air,
Silence on a darkened stair
'cos it's over and what can I do
It's over, it's over, all over,
It's all over now
And the way you looked
Don't even mean I'm down.
When you kick out the sea
And the sun says goodbye
There is nothing much to speak of.
Lookin' over sunny days,
Searchin' for the righteous wave
'cos it's over and what can I do
Lookin' from this distant shore
You ain't sailin' by no more
'cos it's over and what can I do
It's over, it's over, all over,
It's all over now
And the way you looked
Don't even mean I'm down.
When you kick out the sea
And the sun says goodbye
There is nothing much to speak of.
Ah, it's over, it's over, it's over,
It's all over and what can I do?
Ah, it's over, it's over,
It's all over.



@ultra6737

1975: Face The Music.7.5/10.
1976: A New World Record.9/10.
1977: Out Of The Blue.7.5/10.
1979:Discovery.8/10.
1980:Xanadu.Don't Walk Away & The Fall.👀
1981:Time.9/10.
1983:Secret Messages.9/10.Different feel for ELO but always been my favourite album.
1986:Balance of Power.7/10.
1973 On The Third Day & 1974 Eldorado (not for me).
The album Zoom ive not heard.
Electric Light Orchestra one of the best bands on planet 🌍💯🇬🇧🎸🥁🎹🎻



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@sarahloughlin3724

JEFF LYNNE 's voice is out of this world. No other male singer has such a distinct and beautiful voice

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Got a chance to see ELO play at the forum a few years back, his voice is still as great as ever

@Frankincensedjb123

Something was in the water back in the 70s: ELO, Beatles, Stones, Zep, Sabbath, Floyd, Genesis, Elton John, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Stevie Wonder, on and on and on. Sadly, the music has died. But we were so lucky to be alive when it was hoppin' and happening.

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There wasnt something in the water back then.

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Mysle ze ta muzyka nie umarla i zyje nadal zarowno w orginale jak i przetransponowana inaczej😊.Pozdrawiam

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