Nova Baby
The Black Keys Lyrics


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You walk around in other towns
I've seen you out, just hangin' 'round
It's what you chose and I suppose
You'll need me one day, need me one day

You throw away every other dream
Taking nova baby to the dollar machine
That party dress is such a mess
You'll need me one day, need me one day soon

All your enemies
Smile when you fall
You take it 'cause you
Don't know what you want
You don't know what you want

All this love of mine
All my precious time
You waste it 'cause you
Don't know what you want
You don't know what you want

There go the kids, the have-nots
Elevator ladies in the parking lots
You saw it all and I recall
The dream you told me, dream you told me

This empty heart, you left me with
The ribbon on my parting gift
I'm falling hard for every yard
Of the dream you sold me, dream you sold me, oh

All your enemies
Smile when your fall
You take it 'cause you
Don't know what you want
You don't know what you want

All this love of mine
All my precious time
You waste it 'cause you




Don't know what you want
You don't know what you want

Overall Meaning

"Nova Baby" by The Black Keys is a song about a person who is trying to figure out their own identity and what they want out of life, but feels lost and directionless. The first verse sets the tone by describing how the person walks around in different towns, aimlessly going through life. The chorus emphasizes how the lack of direction ultimately leads to wasted time and love for the person singing the song. The second verse expands on the idea that the person is constantly chasing after fleeting dreams and material possessions, which only make their identity crisis worse.


The final verse brings in some interesting imagery, describing the "kids" and "elevator ladies" that the person has encountered along the way. This brings to mind the idea of different social classes and how the person may feel like they don't quite fit in with any of them. The final lines of the song reference a "parting gift," implying that the relationship between the two people in the song has ended, leaving the singer alone with their thoughts.


Overall, "Nova Baby" is a introspective song that speaks to the universal struggle of finding oneself and purpose in life. The lyrics are poignant and thoughtful, and accompanied by the band's bluesy and soulful instrumental style, makes for a great listen.


Line by Line Meaning

You walk around in other towns
You travel to different places.


I've seen you out, just hangin' 'round
I've noticed that you spend a lot of time wasting time with no direction.


It's what you chose and I suppose
It seems that you freely made the decision to lead this kind of lifestyle.


You'll need me one day, need me one day
I believe that someday you will want my help or companionship.


You throw away every other dream
You constantly give up on your aspirations.


Taking nova baby to the dollar machine
You indulge in things that are fleeting, that provide a quick fix but no real value.


That party dress is such a mess
You may look like you’re having fun, but truthfully, you're in a bad state.


You'll need me one day, need me one day soon
I still believe that you will eventually desire my assistance or company, and I hope it's soon.


All your enemies
Everyone who opposes you.


Smile when you fall
They're pleased to see you fail.


You take it 'cause you
You accept their satisfaction in your failure.


Don't know what you want
You have not discovered what you truly desire in life.


All this love of mine
My affection for you.


All my precious time
The time I've invested in our relationship.


You waste it 'cause you
You use my time and feelings without putting in effort yourself.


There go the kids, the have-nots
You see the less privileged people around you, the ones who have less than you.


Elevator ladies in the parking lots
You see people, especially women, using their bodies to gain advantage.


You saw it all and I recall
You’ve seen so much, and I still remember when you shared those experiences with me.


The dream you told me, dream you told me
The plan for your future that you once shared with me.


This empty heart, you left me with
The sadness and loneliness I'm experiencing due to your absence.


The ribbon on my parting gift
The small gesture you left behind when you went away.


I'm falling hard for every yard
I'm deeply affected by the dream you shared with me, to the point where it hurts.


Of the dream you sold me, dream you sold me, oh
The dream of your future that you sold me on, and that now seems to be falling apart.


All your enemies
Those who oppose you.


Smile when your fall
They enjoy seeing you lose.


You take it 'cause you
You let their satisfaction in your failure affect you.


Don't know what you want
You still haven't found your true goal or desire in life.


All this love of mine
My love for you, which you continue to waste.


All my precious time
The time I spend trying to help you and be with you.


You waste it 'cause you
You don't appreciate my love or time, and don't put in equal effort yourself.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Daniel Auerbach, Brian Joseph Burton, Patrick Carney

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