Sanctuary
Joji Lyrics


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Go ahead and bark after dark
Fallen star, I'm your one call away
Motel halls, neon walls
When night falls, I-I am your escape

When you lay alone, I ache
Something I wanted to feel
If you've been waitin' for fallin' in love
Babe, you don't have to wait on me
'Cause I've been aimin' for Heaven above
But an angel ain't what I need

Not anyone, you're the one
More than fun, you're the Sanctuary
'Cause what you want is what I want
Sincerity

Souls that dream alone lie awake
I'll give you somethin' so real

If you've been waitin' for fallin' in love
Babe, you don't have to wait on me
'Cause I've been aimin' for Heaven above
But an angel ain't what I need

Pull me oh-so close
'Cause you never know
Just how long our lives will be

If you've been waitin' for fallin' in love
Babe, you don't have to wait on me




'Cause I've been aimin' for Heaven above
But an angel ain't what I need

Overall Meaning

The song Sanctuary by Joji is a heart-wrenching ballad about finding solace in one special person in this chaotic world. The opening lines bring out the feeling of being vulnerable and exposed, as if howling and barking after dark, making it clear that the persona is in a troubled situation. But then he immediately offers his support for the person in need, declaring himself as their one call away. The line “Motel halls, neon walls” refers to a generic dingy motel, where the persona finds himself safe and protected like a sanctuary with his loved one.


In the chorus of the song, Joji expresses his feelings and acknowledges that he has been actively looking for a way to reach Heaven. However, he realizes that he doesn't need anyone divine to guide him since his loved one is the one who gave him unconditional love and a safe haven, a sanctuary, where he can rest and unload his emotional burden. The persona is genuinely in love with his loved one and feels that they are more than just a fling. They provide him with everything he needs - fun, love, and sincerity - all of which he craves the most.


Throughout the song, Joji repeatedly emphasizes the importance of cherishing the present moments with his loved one because life is unpredictable - “Pull me oh-so close, 'Cause you never know, Just how long our lives will be”. The lyrics of Sanctuary suggest that love isn't just a feeling but a sanctuary where one person can feel free to be themselves.


Line by Line Meaning

Go ahead and bark after dark
Feel free to express yourself when it's hardest for you to do so


Fallen star, I'm your one call away
When you feel lost and alone, I'll be there for you


Motel halls, neon walls
The environment around us is bleak and devoid of life


When night falls, I-I am your escape
When everything else fails, I can be your solace and safe-haven


When you lay alone, I ache
The thought of you being lonely pains me


Something I wanted to feel
Being able to provide companionship to someone is a fulfilling experience


If you've been waitin' for fallin' in love
If you've been eagerly anticipating love


Babe, you don't have to wait on me
You don't have to wait for me to start falling in love with someone


'Cause I've been aimin' for Heaven above
I have constantly been seeking spiritual growth


But an angel ain't what I need
My needs are more grounded and human


Not anyone, you're the one
You are the only one who meets my needs and desires


More than fun, you're the Sanctuary
You're more than just a source of entertainment; you're my refuge


'Cause what you want is what I want
Our desires and interests align


Sincerity
What we share is genuine and honest


Souls that dream alone lie awake
When you're all on your own, your dreams keep you up at night


I'll give you somethin' so real
I have something tangible and authentic to offer you


Pull me oh-so close
Embrace me tightly


'Cause you never know
We can't predict how long we'll be together


Just how long our lives will be
We don't have control over the length of our lives




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Daniel Maurice Wilson, George Kusunoki Miller, Justin Louis Raisen, Luke A. C. Niccoli

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@theprofessor6914

Go ahead and park after dark
Fallen star, I'm your one call away
Motel halls, neon walls
When night falls, I am your escape
When you lay alone, I ache
Something I wanted to feel
If you've been waiting for fallin' in love
Babe, you don't have to wait on me
'Cause I've been aiming for heaven above
But an angel ain't what I need
Not anyone, you're the one
More than fun, you're the sanctuary
'Cause what you want is what I want
Sincerity
Souls that dream alone lie awake
I'll give you something so real
If you've been waiting for fallin' in love
Babe, you don't have to wait on me
'Cause I've been aiming for Heaven above
But an angel ain't what I need
Pull me, oh, so close
'Cause you never know
Just how long our lives will be
If you've been waiting for fallin' in love
Babe, you don't have to wait on me
'Cause I've been aiming for Heaven above
But an angel ain't what I need



@facehurt7606

@@jacobtheham4147 ye, music video starts off with joji killing the bad guy who stole the purple crystal


flashback 1 year joji is being depressed because his only purpose in life (the bad guy) is defeated


his first mate (guy that kinda looks like spock) notices this when he goes to the room where joji is. They have flashbacks that reveal some of the story of fighting the bad guy with the fake eye, who steals the purple crystal and they have to get it back, etc etc.


At the end the first mate decides that the only way to cheer joji up is to become the new bad guy, he kills a crewmate, steals the purple crystal, rips out his eye and escapes with the crystal.



All comments from YouTube:

@N_sako

That Joji’s depressed look is so damn depressing that you fall in love when he shows a little bit of a smile at the end.

@yourmanschad4686

Anal?

@dude360ism

lt strider lmao😂

@youngricecooker8021

But we all fell in love with filthy frank

@keanudumas-paul9323

young ricecooker factual

@N_sako

@young ricecooker
Agwww ya right
And we fall in love back again with Joji

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@coledecastro8843

Joji: is in space
this is dif-
Joji: still sad and spacey
oh

@zanaeris9600

Me : still depressed

@soundlesspeal

this is dif-
joji: is different

me: where's my fucking lo-fi sadness music?!

@angelacastillo152

ok

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