Coattails
Low Lyrics


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He rides on coattails




Overall Meaning

Coattails, by Low, is a song that delves into the theme of envy and dreams of success, as well as the bitter realization that success doesn't necessarily lead to happiness. The opening lyrics, "He rides on coattails and makes mistakes / But he gets there nearly every time," sets the tone of the song. It is about a man who is envious of the success of others, and instead of working hard for his own achievements, he tries to hitch a ride on the successes of others.


As the song progresses, we are introduced to a man who seems to have everything he has ever wanted. However, despite his material wealth and status, he is still not happy. The lyrics "He covets like the cold / Tried on the keys of each new home," suggest that he is constantly looking for something else to fulfill him, and he is never satisfied with what he has.


Ultimately, Coattails is a song about the emptiness of chasing after success if it's not for the right reasons. It is a cautionary tale about the dangers of not being true to oneself, and the potential consequences of not working hard for one's own achievements.


Line by Line Meaning

He rides on coattails
He benefits from the success or reputation of others, without contributing much himself.


Gets his way, sets his sail
He manipulates situations to achieve his desired outcome.


In a sea of competition
Amidst many others vying for success.


Takes the wind, leaves the sail
He takes advantage of opportunities without putting in the effort to sustain them.


He's on a mission, I can tell
He has a clear goal and is determined to achieve it.


And he's not impressed with you
He shows no admiration or respect for those who do not serve his interests.


And he's not impressed with me
He shows no admiration or respect for those who do not serve his interests.


And here we are, and here we are
And yet, despite his arrogance and selfishness, we are still in his company.


He rides on coattails
He benefits from the success or reputation of others, without contributing much himself.


In a sea of competition
Amidst many others vying for success.


Takes the wind, leaves the sail
He takes advantage of opportunities without putting in the effort to sustain them.


He's on a mission, I can tell
He has a clear goal and is determined to achieve it.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: AL SPARHAWK, MIMI J. PARKER, ZACHARY MICHELETTI

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