Tidal Wave
Portugal. The Man Lyrics


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I can see it in your eyes
See it in your face
Banging on your chest
Acting tough looking unfazed

Tripping over landlines
Cutting deep with a dull blade (blade)
Running out of unrest
Goin' out of your mind

Lonely days will follow
Days will follow
And the gaze that stuck
The halls will know your name

Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock

An aftershock
The aftershock
Triggered by the aftershock

I can see it with my own eyes
The tracks down your face
It can't be easy tryna unwind
Sleepin' on your day dreams

I'm not tryna role play
I keep thinkin' break us take the wheel
These days can break
But I'm gonna take the wheel

Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock

An aftershock
The aftershock
Triggered by the aftershock

Bet on the winners
Worst of you's born to lose
Bed with no dinner
The rest of you's born to lose
Better than zero
Worst of you's born to lose
Bet on the winners

Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave
Triggered by the aftershock

An aftershock




The aftershock
The aftershock

Overall Meaning

The song "Tidal Wave" by Portugal. The Man is a representation of the effect of a strong and sudden wave that turns everything upside down, an aftermath that leaves everyone feeling less balanced and stable. In the first verse, the band describes the feeling of anxiety as a person, bangs on their chest, trying to stay strong during tough times. The line "Tripping over landlines, cutting deep with a dull blade" represents the feeling of being disconnected and the struggle to hold onto hope while dealing with setbacks. The chorus talks about how the intense wave seems to come out of nowhere, triggered by an aftershock, and hits like a tidal wave, leaving the person feeling like their world has been turned upside down. The lead singer talks about trying to understand the situation from a different perspective, observing the tracks down their face, and empathizing with the pain and challenge of unwinding. The lines "These days can break, but I'm gonna take the wheel" express the desire to take control and steer through the challenges.


The second verse talks about making tough decisions and taking responsibility for what happens next. The line "Bet on the winners, the worst of you's born to lose" represents knowing when to take calculated risks, even when the odds are against you. The chorus repeats, suggesting the feeling of the tidal wave, being triggered by an aftershock, resonates with the theme of the song, and creates a powerful and emotional impact.


Line by Line Meaning

I can see it in your eyes
I can tell from your eyes


See it in your face
I can tell from your expression


Banging on your chest
You're trying to show off or prove yourself


Acting tough looking unfazed
You're trying to act tough and unbothered


Tripping over landlines
You're making mistakes and getting tied up in details


Cutting deep with a dull blade (blade)
You're hurting yourself or others without realizing it


Running out of unrest
You're losing your energy and motivation


Goin' out of your mind
You're approaching a breaking point


Lonely days will follow
You'll experience more sadness and isolation


Days will follow
This feeling will persist for a while


And the gaze that stuck
Others will notice how you're feeling


The halls will know your name
Your struggles will become a part of you and your identity


Hit me like a tidal wave
These feelings overwhelmed me


Triggered by the aftershock
Caused by a previous traumatic event


I can see it with my own eyes
I can clearly see it


The tracks down your face
The tears on your cheeks


It can't be easy tryna unwind
It must be difficult to relax and let go


Sleepin' on your day dreams
You're dreaming of a different life, but not taking action to achieve it


I'm not tryna role play
I'm not just pretending to care


I keep thinkin' break us take the wheel
I keep thinking about situations that could break us apart


These days can break
These difficult times could be too much to handle


But I'm gonna take the wheel
But I'm going to take control and keep us moving forward


Bet on the winners
Invest in those who are likely to succeed


Worst of you's born to lose
The least capable among us are unlikely to thrive


Bed with no dinner
Struggling and unable to afford basic necessities


The rest of you's born to lose
The majority of us are also unlikely to thrive


Better than zero
Having something is better than having nothing


Aftershock
The ongoing effects of a traumatic event




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Ajay Bhattacharyya, Ammar Malik, John Gourley, John Hill, Kyle O'Quin, Nick Koenig, Zachary Carothers

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@alexsoto279

[Verse 1: John Gourley]
I can see it in your eyes
See it in your face
Bangin' on your chest
Actin' tough, lookin' unfazed
Trippin' over landlines
Cuttin' deep with a dull blade
Running out of unrest
Goin' out of your mind

[Pre-Chorus: John Gourley & Zoe Manville]
Lonely days will follow
Days will follow
And the gaze that stuck
The halls will know your name

[Chorus: John Gourley & Zoe Manville]
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
(Oh, oh, oh)
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
(Aftershock, the aftershock)
(Triggered by the aftershock)

[Verse 2: John Gourley]
I can see it with my own eyes
The tracks down your face
It can't be easy tryna unwind
Sleepin' on your daydreams
I'm not tryna role-play
These things can make us take the wheel
These days can break
But I'm gonna take the wheel

[Chorus: John Gourley & Zoe Manville]
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
(Oh, oh, oh)
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
(Aftershock, the aftershock)
(Triggered by the aftershock)

[Bridge: John Gourley & Zoe Manville]
Bet on the winners
Worst of you's born to lose
Bed with no dinner
The rest of you's born to lose
Better than zero
Worst of you's born to lose
Bet on the winners

[Chorus: John Gourley & Zoe Manville]
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
(Oh, oh, oh)
Hit me like a tidal wave (Oh)
Triggered by the aftershock
(Aftershock, the aftershock)
(The aftershock)



@rodolfofabilamaruri5805

I can see it in your eyes
See it in your face
Banging on your chest
Acting tough looking unfazed
Tripping over landlines
Cutting deep with a dull blade (blade)
Running out of unrest
Goin' out of your mind
Lonely days will follow
Days will follow
And the gaze that stuck
The halls will know your name
Hit me like a tidal wave (ooooh)
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave (ooooh)
Triggered by the aftershock
Hit me like a tidal wave (ooooh)
Triggered by the aftershock
I can see it with my own eyes
The tracks down your face
It can't be easy tryna unwind
Sleepin' on your day dreams
I'm not tryna role play
I keep thinkin' break us take the wheel
These days can break
But I'm gonna take the wheel
You know I can't feel this pain in my heart
Because it's honestly…



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@leehardcastle

cheers guys

@DacuvaJ

Lee Hardcastle great fucking work

@thesenator1970

Thats perfect what is the name of this animation ?

@Claymoments321

Great work as always

@famousfriend2472

you really do like "The Thing" ,don't you

@ennisdelmar5961

i love your work, and i love this band. thanks

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@Scripulous

WE ARNT GETTING RATED WITH THIS ONE!!!🗣🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

@gargles5270

lee hardcastle outdid himself on this music video it’s so good

@personman5156

I hate that people only watch “Feel it still” but never appreciate the other music because this band is amazing

@joshhardy1275

this is the better song anyways...still love the rest, but this....

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