Young Folks
Peter Bjorn and John Lyrics


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If I told you things I did before
Told you how I used to be
Would you go along with someone like me?
If you knew my story word for word
Had all of my history
Would you go along with someone like me?

I did before and had my share
It didn't lead nowhere
I would go along with someone like you
It doesn't matter what you did
Who you were hanging with
We could stick around and see this night through

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' 'bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about their own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

Usually when things has gone this far
People tend to disappear
No one will surprise me unless you do

I can tell there's something goin' on
Hours seems to disappear
Everyone is leaving I'm still with you

It doesn't matter what we do
Where we are going to
We can stick around and see this night through

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' 'bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about their own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' 'bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about their own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

Talking only me and you





Talking only me and you
Talking only me and you

Overall Meaning

The song "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John speaks volumes about the singer's past transgressions and how they might affect his relationship with the listener. The first two stanzas address the question of whether the listener would judge the singer if they knew all about his past. The singer acknowledges that he has made mistakes in the past, and he's attempting to find out whether the listener is the kind of person who might judge him for those mistakes. As such, the first two stanzas serve as a way for the singer to establish trust with the listener.


The chorus is a declaration of independence from the norms of society. The singer is communicating that he and the listener are not concerned with the opinions of others. Instead, they are free-spirited people who only care about talking to each other. The chorus is sung twice, emphasizing the point that the singer and the listener are unique individuals who don't need anyone else to tell them what to do.


The final stanza is the singer's attempt to deepen the bond between himself and the listener. The fact that they are still together while everyone else has left indicates that there is something special between them. The singer recognizes this and wants to ensure that he and the listener remain together no matter what. The song ends with the chorus once more, driving home the point that the singer and the listener are singular entities who only need each other.


Line by Line Meaning

If I told you things I did before
If I revealed my past to you


Told you how I used to be
Described my former self to you


Would you go along with someone like me?
Would you accept me as I am?


If you knew my story word for word
If you had complete knowledge of my past


Had all of my history
Knew everything about my past


Would you go along with someone like me?
Would you be willing to associate yourself with me?


I did before and had my share
I had experiences in the past which I am not proud of


It didn't lead nowhere
Those experiences were not fruitful


I would go along with someone like you
Despite that, I would accept you as my companion


It doesn't matter what you did
Your past is irrelevant


Who you were hanging with
Or who you associated yourself with previously


We could stick around and see this night through
Let's stay together and spend the night


And we don't care about the young folks
We are not concerned about what the younger generation thinks


Talkin' 'bout the young style
Their fashion sense or preferences


And we don't care about the old folks
We don't care about the opinions of the elderly either


Talkin' 'bout the old style too
Their taste or choices


And we don't care about their own faults
We are not interested in pointing out their mistakes


Talkin' 'bout our own style
We are more interested in sharing our own views


All we care 'bout is talking
All we want to do is converse


Talking only me and you
We don't need or want anyone else to join us


Usually when things has gone this far
Usually if things have progressed to this stage


People tend to disappear
Others typically leave the scene


No one will surprise me unless you do
No one else can give me the same sense of enjoyment as you do


I can tell there's something goin' on
I can sense that something is happening


Hours seems to disappear
Time seems to be passing so quickly


Everyone is leaving I'm still with you
Everyone else is leaving but I still want to remain with you


It doesn't matter what we do
It doesn't matter what activity we engage in


Where we are going to
Or where we are headed


We can stick around and see this night through
We can stay together and enjoy the night


Talking only me and you
We are content with just conversing with one another




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bjorn Yttling, Peter Moren, John Eriksson

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@kylemc5036

Lyrics:
If I told you things I did before
Told you how I used to be
Would you go along with someone like me?
If you knew my story word for word
Had all of my history
Would you go along with someone like me?

I did before and had my share
It didn't lead nowhere
I would go along with someone like you
It doesn't matter what you did
Who you were hanging with
We could stick around and see this night through

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' 'bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about their own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

Usually when things has gone this far
People tend to disappear
No one will surprise me unless you do

I can tell there's something goin' on
Hours seems to disappear
Everyone is leaving I'm still with you

It doesn't matter what we do
Where we are going to
We can stick around and see this night through

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' 'bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about their own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

And we don't care about the young folks
Talkin' 'bout the young style
And we don't care about the old folks
Talkin' 'bout the old style too
And we don't care about their own faults
Talkin' 'bout our own style
All we care about is talking
Talking only me and you

Talking only me and you

Talking only me and you
Talking only me and you



@ianglenn1946

God...

I remember I used to get annoyed at my mom when I was 7 in 2009. I used to get so annoyed at my mom, as she loves this song, and played it all the time. I miss those days. Take me back....

Take me back to a time when I was young, carefree, when I played with my neighbors in and around the neighborhood. When I was in elementary school, playing on the playground. When.. when I was a kid.

Now I'm working a job, almost done with high school, and came across this song In my recommendations on my break. Nostalgia just hit me like a wave when I heard it that familiar drum and whistle.

Take me back.



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@adanvargas2339

This song hasn’t aged at all. Still feels fresh after all these years.

@emptyplenty4730

After all these years lol. What's it been? 15

@zacktrever1878

Best comment ever

@gideonamare160

The sweeds know how to make a dam good pop song

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