Love/Paranoia
Tame Impala Lyrics


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I may not be as honest as I ought to be
Now that, when the walls go up
I said it didn't worry me
But it hit me like an arrow
Babe, to know, I could just be paranoid
Won't quell the desire to know
What was really going on
"Does it really fucking matter, babe?"
Is all you can ask me
Okay, fair play, here we go

I've heard those words before
Are you sure it was nothing
'Cause it made me feel like dying inside
Never thought I was insecure, but it's pure
Didn't notice until I was in love for real
Am I really gonna cross the line
Just to find what you're typing?
If only I could read your mind
Oh, I'd be fine
I'd be normal
Now's my time
Gonna do it

And suddenly I'm the phony one
The only one with a problem
True love is bringing it out of me
The worst in me, and I know now
Do you remember the time we were
The time we were by the ocean?
I didn't care if it was day or night
The world was right where I wanted




Girl, I'm sorry
Babe I'm really, really sorry

Overall Meaning

In Love/Paranoia, Tame Impala explores the vulnerability that often comes with being in love. The singer admits that they may not be the most honest person, and even though they claimed that the walls going up didn't worry them, it hit them like an arrow. The singer expresses a desire to know what is truly going on and seemingly wrestles with feelings of paranoia. The line "never thought I was insecure, but it's pure" suggests that previously the singer may have thought themselves more confident in relationships, but in this instance, their feelings are genuine and raw. The singer even contemplates crossing boundaries to read their partner's messages. The song seems to highlight how love can strip away our defenses and leave us feeling exposed and unsure.


The lyrics also touch on the idea of true love bringing out the worst in us. The singer confesses that suddenly they feel like "the phony one" and that love is "bringing it out of me." This acknowledgment is a troubling yet honest reflection of how emotions can truly impact us. However, the song ends with an apology, and the memories of a blissful time that the singer shared with their partner. It leaves the question open-ended, will the singer cross the line to find out what's truly going on, or will they take the risk and trust their partner despite the paranoia?


Line by Line Meaning

I may not be as honest as I ought to be
I haven't been completely truthful and transparent with you


Now that, when the walls go up
Now that we have barriers in place between us


I said it didn't worry me
I acted like the barriers didn't bother me


But it hit me like an arrow
But in reality, it hurt me deeply


Babe, to know, I could just be paranoid
I'm starting to think that my feelings might not be entirely rational


Won't quell the desire to know
However, I can't suppress my urge to understand what's truly happening


What was really going on
I want to know the truth about our relationship


"Does it really fucking matter, babe?"
"Why does it even matter, babe?"


Is all you can ask me
You're questioning why I'm so concerned


Okay, fair play, here we go
Alright, I'll try to explain


I've heard those words before
The things you're saying are familiar


Are you sure it was nothing
Are you certain that it's not a big deal?


'Cause it made me feel like dying inside
Because it caused me intense emotional pain


Never thought I was insecure, but it's pure
I wasn't aware of my own insecurities until now


Didn't notice until I was in love for real
I didn't realize my own feelings until I fell in love with you


Am I really gonna cross the line
Am I actually going to violate your boundaries


Just to find what you're typing
Just to find out what you're saying behind my back


If only I could read your mind
If only I could know what's really going on in your head


Oh, I'd be fine
Then I would be able to move on or come to terms with it


I'd be normal
I would feel like myself again


Now's my time
I feel like I need to take action to get closure


Gonna do it
I'm going to take that action, regardless of the consequences


And suddenly I'm the phony one
Suddenly, I feel like I'm the one who's being inauthentic


The only one with a problem
I feel like I'm the only one in this relationship who has issues


True love is bringing it out of me
But in reality, true love is making me confront my own flaws


The worst in me, and I know now
It's bringing out the worst in me, and I'm beginning to understand that


Do you remember the time we were
Do you recall that moment when we were


The time we were by the ocean?
Together by the seaside?


I didn't care if it was day or night
It didn't matter to me whether it was day or night


The world was right where I wanted
As long as I was with you, the world was perfect


Girl, I'm sorry
I deeply apologize


Babe I'm really, really sorry
I am incredibly apologetic




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Written by: Kevin Parker

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@jonfavreau5154

Love/Paranoia Lyrics:

I may not be as honest as I ought to be
Now that, when the walls go up
I said it didn't worry me, but it hit me like an arrow
Babe, to know, I could just be paranoid
Won't quell the desire to know what was really goin' on
"Does it really fucking matter? Babe?"
Is all you can ask me
OK, fair play
Here we go

I've heard those words before
Are you sure it was nothing?
'Cause it made me feel like dying
Inside
Never thought I was insecure
But it's pure
Didn't notice
Until I was in love
For real
Am I really gonna cross the line?
Just to find what you're typing
If only I could read your mind
I'd be fine
I'd be normal
But now's my time
Gonna do it

And suddenly I'm the phoney one
The only one with a problem
True love is bringing it out of me
The worst in me
And I know now

Do you remember the time we were
The time we were by the ocean?
I didn't care if it was day or night
The world was right where I wanted

Girl I'm sorry
Babe I'm really, really sorry



@Andrei_s_thoughts

LYRICS 🥀🖤🥀
I may not be as honest as I ought to be
Now that, when the walls go up
I said it didn't worry me but it hit me like an arrow
Babe, to know, I could just be paranoid
Won't quell the desire to know what was really going on
"Does it really fucking matter, babe?" is all you can ask me
Okay, fair play, here we go

I've heard those words before
Are you sure it was nothing
Cause it made me feel like dying inside
Never thought I was insecure, but it's pure
Didn't notice until I was in love for real
Am I really gonna cross the line
Just to find what you're typing?
If only I could read your mind
Oh, I'd be fine, I'd be normal
But now's my time, gonna do it

And suddenly I'm the phony one
The only one with a problem
True love is bringing it out of me
The worst in me, and I know now
Do you remember the time we were
The time we were by the ocean?
I didn't care if it was day or night
The world was right where I wanted
Girl I'm sorry
Babe I'm really, really sorry



All comments from YouTube:

@kyostarz

I wish more people could understand how genius Tame Impala's music is.

@immortalbob5368

Currents literally went platinum, bruv

@baumeli5015

Kevin just knows how to put exactly in place the sounds and the melodies required for the song to sound amazing, he is a genius

@Itsnoahscott

Yeah

@snappback18

@Immortal Bob took too long though. Should've went platinum instantly

@immortalbob5368

@WavyNvegasDJ True

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@NikkoNikko98

Currents is a timeless masterpiece that will be played for generations.

@mentally-ill-mary

well said!

@RobertF-

Even though there are bands and musicians much more well known today than Tame Impala, 30 years in the future they will be talking about and still listening to Tame Impala, Cage the Elephant, My Morning Jacket, Foals, and other incredible indie and alternative musicians working right now while they will Not be talking about the current bubblegum poppy pop stars, or whatever you want to call them, and mindless mumble rappers of today.

@arlann-

ʀoᴃer† F holy shit, I love My Morning Jacket and Cage the Elephant, you’re scarily right. I do believe that a lot of pretty popular bands such as Gorillaz and, well, Tame Impala will be remembered for a long time after release for just being good/great, though that isn’t the only reason!

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