Irreplaceable
Sparks Lyrics


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Irreplaceable
As you search secondhand
To replace what you lost
He's a nervous old man
And you ask "what's this cost"
Somehow it crashed to the floor
Where's the concern, he knows there's more

Somehow a note's on your door
You have been burned, there are no more
Irreplaceable, it's irreplaceable
As you search the cafes
To replace what is lost
All their eyes start to glaze
When you drone on your loss


Somehow you stumble and fall
Glass everywhere, everyone roars
Somehow a telephone call
You were a pair, not any more


Irreplaceable, it's irreplaceable, not interchangeable
They're designed to break, they're designed to break
They're designed to fail, they're designed to fail
They're designed to flake, they're designed to flake
They're designed to fail, they're designed to fail


Irreplaceable, it's irreplaceable


If you should stumble and fall
You may turn red, fire-engine red
One month from now you'll forget falling at all
But who's in your bed






Irreplaceable, it's irreplaceable

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Sparks's song "Irreplaceable" tell the story of someone who is desperately searching for something they have lost - something that is so precious to them that it cannot be replaced. The song starts with the singer visiting a secondhand shop, searching for a replacement for what they have lost. The shopkeeper is elderly and nervous, and the singer is clearly frustrated and impatient as they demand to know the cost of an item that has caught their eye. The tone is one of urgency and desperation as the singer seeks to replace what they have lost.


As the song progresses, it becomes clear that the thing the singer has lost is not a physical object, but something more intangible - perhaps a relationship or a sense of self. The chorus repeats the refrain "it's irreplaceable, not interchangeable", and the verses describe various failed attempts to find something that will fill the void left by the loss. In one verse, the singer searches cafes and drones on about their loss, only to find that nobody is interested. In another verse, they stumble and fall, causing a scene, but all that matters is who is in their bed.


The song seems to be commenting on the futility of trying to replace something that is truly irreplaceable - that is, something that was unique and precious in its own right. It suggests that we often cling to the idea of finding a replacement for what we have lost, rather than confronting the fact that it cannot be replaced. In the end, the song suggests that we must let go and move on, even if it means leaving behind something that we cherished deeply.


Line by Line Meaning

As you search secondhand
As you try to find a replacement from used items


To replace what you lost
To get a substitute for what you no longer have


He's a nervous old man
The seller is anxious


And you ask 'what's this cost'
And you inquire about the price


Somehow it crashed to the floor
Somehow it fell and broke


Where's the concern, he knows there's more
He doesn't show any concern because he knows there are more of those


Somehow a note's on your door
Suddenly you receive a message at your door


You have been burned, there are no more
You've been robbed, and there are none left


Irreplaceable, it's irreplaceable
Unrecoverable, it can't be replaced


As you search the cafes
As you try to find a replacement from various places


To replace what is lost
To get something that substitutes what you're deprived of


All their eyes start to glaze
Everyone's eyes become dull


When you drone on your loss
When you talk long and monotonously about what you no longer have


Somehow you stumble and fall
Unexpectedly, you trip and fall


Glass everywhere, everyone roars
Glass breaks and people laugh


Somehow a telephone call
Suddenly, you get a phone call


You were a pair, not any more
You were together, but not anymore


Irreplaceable, it's irreplaceable, not interchangeable
It's not easy to change with others because it's unique


They're designed to break, they're designed to break
They were manufactured to fall apart


They're designed to fail, they're designed to fail
They were made to malfunction


They're designed to flake, they're designed to flake
They were meant to disintegrate


They're designed to fail, they're designed to fail
They were created to disappoint


If you should stumble and fall
If you should have an embarrassing situation


You may turn red, fire-engine red
You may blush profoundly


One month from now you'll forget falling at all
You'll forget about the incident after a month


But who's in your bed
The most important thing is your current partner


Irreplaceable, it's irreplaceable
Unrecoverable, it can't be replaced




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Philip Kassabian

Sparks is an absolutely fantastic band.

Comments from YouTube:

Snpfan

Why are Sparks not in The Hall Of Fame ? they are an amazing band with a fantastic history

ThePernoctatorLives

Best underrated group ever.

Anna Backman

How is it possible to dislike this😳??? Someone, probably with terrible bad hearing does.
I feel so sorry for that person, obviously missing so much in life. 🙄

Snpfan

Superb song from a great band

Vince Bevis

I agree.Slightly haunting.

KEVAN KOYA.

This is a brilliant!! song from Sparks, from their incredible album 'Balls' :))

Anna Backman

It's a clichĂ©, but this is irreplaceable. So emotional and beautiful. Sigh...😊😍💖💖💖💖💖

Brad Tyrrell

God I Love This Song

Granualt

Incredible..

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