Just
Streetlight Manifesto Lyrics


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Can't get the stink off
He's been hanging round for days
Comes like a comet
Suckered you but not your friends
One day he'll get to you
And teach you how to be a holy cow

You do it to yourself, you do
And that's what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself

Don't get my sympathy
Hanging out the 15th floor
You've changed the locks three times
He still comes reeling through the door
One day I'll get you
And teach you how to get to purest hell

You do it to yourself, you do
And that's what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you, you and no-one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself

You do it to yourself, you do
And that's what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you, you and no-one else




You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself, yourself, yourself.

Overall Meaning

The song "Just" by Streetlight Manifesto is a powerful exploration of self-destructive behavior. The lyrics paint a picture of a person who has allowed someone toxic into their life, to the point where they are now suffering and struggling to break free from the cycle of negativity. The first verse describes the object of the singer's contempt as "hanging round for days" and "suckering" the listener, suggesting that this person has overstayed their welcome and taken advantage of their kindness. The chorus repeats the line "You do it to yourself," highlighting the fact that the listener is responsible for their own unhappiness and need to take control of their own life.


The second verse seems to be addressed directly to the person causing the trouble, describing their persistence in spite of attempts to cut them out of the singer's life. However, the final lines of the song suggest that the singer may also be struggling with their own demons and has felt similarly trapped in the past, warning that they may eventually drag the other person down with them if they don't find a way out. The repetition of the line "You do it to yourself" throughout the song drives home the message that while others may play a role in our lives, ultimately it is up to us to take responsibility for our own choices and actions.


Overall, "Just" is a powerful song about the dangers of allowing others to control our lives and the need to take responsibility for our own wellbeing.


Line by Line Meaning

Can't get the stink off
He can't shake off the feeling of guilt or shame from what he has done.


He's been hanging round for days
The guilt or shame has been with him for a long time and is not letting go.


Comes like a comet
This feeling of guilt or shame comes suddenly, but with great impact.


Suckered you but not your friends
He may have fooled you, but not those closest to you.


One day he'll get to you
Eventually, this feeling will catch up to him and he will have to confront it.


And teach you how to be a holy cow
This confrontation will require him to become a better version of himself and strive for self-improvement.


You do it to yourself, you do
The cause of this feeling of guilt or shame is his own actions and decisions.


And that's what really hurts
The pain of this feeling comes from knowing that it was completely self-inflicted.


Just you and no-one else
He is solely responsible for his actions and the consequences that come with them.


Don't get my sympathy
He should not expect pity or compassion from others for his own mistakes.


Hanging out the 15th floor
He is on the brink of disaster, with no safety net to catch him if he falls.


You've changed the locks three times
He has tried to keep this feeling out, but it keeps finding a way back in.


He still comes reeling through the door
This feeling of guilt or shame continues to haunt him and affect his life.


One day I'll get you
He will eventually be confronted and held accountable for his actions and mistakes.


And teach you how to get to purest hell
This confrontation will not be easy, but it will be necessary for his growth and self-improvement.


You do it to yourself, you do
Once again, the root of this problem is his own actions and decisions.


And that's what really hurts
The pain of this feeling comes from knowing that it was entirely preventable.


Just you, you and no-one else
He cannot blame anyone else for the consequences of his actions and must take responsibility.


You do it to yourself
This is a reminder that he is the only one in control of his life and the direction he takes it.


You do it to yourself, yourself, yourself.
This feeling of guilt or shame is a never-ending cycle that he must break and learn from in order to move forward.




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: COLIN CHARLES GREENWOOD, EDWARD JOHN O'BRIEN, JONATHAN RICHARD GUY GREENWOOD, PHILIP JAMES SELWAY, THOMAS EDWARD YORKE

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