Music to Walk Home By
Tame Impala Lyrics


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But that's only when I think of you
Some vision that I hold on to
You know it's everything I do
You know it's everything I do

Can almost stand competing with the others
Can almost hear the fun that I should be having
Instead of just dreaming

But it's only when I think of you
The mover I could turn into
There must be something I can do
Yeah, there must be something I can do

I just don't know
How to feel right
A beautiful girl
Is wasting my life
I'm playing a part
As somebody else
While trying so hard
To be myself
I just need to hear
Somebody say
That this will make sense one day
I guess I'm alright
But they're all doing so well
What I wouldn't give
To be under that spell

You'll know soon, you'll know soon
You'll know soon, you'll know soon
You'll know soon, you'll know soon, yeah
Yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

But you don't know the truth
I really love you
You just don't believe
Anything I do

In so many ways
I'm somebody else
While trying so hard
To be myself
I just need to hear
Somebody say
This will all make
Sense one day

Well it's getting late
I'd better go




I made it this far
As far as I know

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Tame Impala’s song “Music To Walk Home By” tackle the themes of self-doubt, lack of motivation, and the struggle to find one’s true identity. The first stanza talks about the singer’s obsession with a person they cannot have, and how thoughts of them seem to give their life meaning. The next verse conveys the frustration and temptation of living a wild life that others have while drowning in the monotony of one's routine, knowing full well that one cannot do that because of the aforementioned love interest. The chorus is all about finding the confidence in oneself and becoming the type of person who could win the heart of the aforementioned love interest. The next verse delves deeper into the singer’s struggle to find who they really are while trying to mold themselves into the person they think their love interest would want. The song ends with a final expression of uncertainty, such as the singer doesn't know where they should head to next.


The lyrics of “Music To Walk Home By” presents an individual's internal struggles with intense emotions that are hard to convey. Anyone who is suffering from a lack of identity and confidence can relate to the feelings expressed in the song. The feeling that you have to change yourself to fit the standards set by others is a universal issue that most people go through at some point in their lives.


Line by Line Meaning

But that's only when I think of you
I only feel a certain way when I think of you


Some vision that I hold on to
I have a particular image of you that I keep coming back to


You know it's everything I do
You mean everything to me


Can almost stand competing with the others
I feel like I can almost keep up with everyone else


Can almost hear the fun that I should be having
I can imagine the fun I should be having


Instead of just dreaming
But I'm not actually doing anything


The mover I could turn into
I feel like I have the potential to make big moves


There must be something I can do
I need to figure out what I can do to make those moves happen


I just don't know
I'm at a loss


How to feel right
I don't know how to feel like I'm doing the right thing


A beautiful girl
There's this beautiful girl in my life


Is wasting my life
But I can't help feeling like I'm wasting my life


I'm playing a part
Sometimes it feels like I'm just pretending to be someone I'm not


As somebody else
I'm not being my true self


While trying so hard
But I'm trying my hardest to be myself


To be myself
I just want to be true to who I am


I just need to hear
What I really need is for someone to tell me


Somebody say
To reassure me


That this will make sense one day
That one day all of this will make sense


I guess I'm alright
I suppose I'm doing okay


But they're all doing so well
But it seems like everyone else is doing better than me


What I wouldn't give
I would do anything


To be under that spell
To experience that same level of success or happiness


You'll know soon, you'll know soon
I promise you'll find out soon


Yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah
Trust me


But you don't know the truth
But the truth is


I really love you
I love you so much


You just don't believe
But you don't seem to believe me


Anything I do
Or anything that I'm doing


In so many ways
Sometimes in a lot of different ways


Well it's getting late
It's getting late now


I'd better go
So I should probably go


I made it this far
I've come pretty far


As far as I know
As far as I can tell




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Kevin Parker

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@enzoa.1707

*LYRICS*: (stay safe, enjoy tame impala)
But that's only when I think of you
Some vision that I hold on to
You know it's everything I do
You know it's everything I do
Can almost stand competing with the others
Can almost hear the fun that I should be having
Instead of just dreaming
But it's only when I think of you
The mover I could turn into
There must be something I can do
Yeah, there must be something I can do
I just don't know
How to feel right
A beautiful girl
Is wasting my life
I'm playing a part
As somebody else
While trying so hard
To be myself
I just need to hear
Somebody say
That this will make sense one day
I guess I'm alright
But they're all doing so well
What I wouldn't give
To be under that spell
You'll know soon, you'll know soon
You'll know soon, you'll know soon
You'll know soon, you'll know soon, yeah
Yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah
But you don't know the truth
I really love you
You just don't believe
Anything I do
In so many ways
I'm somebody else
While trying so hard
To be myself
I just need to hear
Somebody say
This will all make
Sense one day
Well it's getting late
I'd better go
I made it this far
As far as I know



@johndavis6230

“I just don't know
How to feel right
A beautiful girl
Is wasting my life
I'm playing a part
As somebody else
While trying so hard
To be myself
I just need to hear
Somebody say
That this will make sense one day”

Holy fucking shit that hurt



All comments from YouTube:

@adamgreenhill110

"A beautiful girl, is wasting my life"
We've all been there, but Kevin words it so perfectly

@PhenomenalJec

Hell, I'm there right now. I know there's no chance but I'm still falling down the rabbit hole

@Chicksquid

@@PhenomenalJec it's not worth it man don't hurt yourself king

@gustavovilladrozo1661

So fckng perfectly

@lonerism1236

Wasted most of my high school life thinking about a girl who didn't give a fuck about me

@forgetfulstranger

Then don't pursue her, why would you go after something you could never have?

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@JonatanPein

One of his best compositions and one of his most underrated songs

@Hapidjus_

uploaded yesterday...how do you know how people rate this song already? xD

@HAZARDOUS88

@@Hapidjus_ Because it's at least 8 years old.....

@JosiahTT

@@Hapidjus_ it's from lonerism which is an old tame impala album

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