Who Cares Why
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Lyrics


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Nothing is going to bring you down now, yeah
Temper it and pray it, how does it fear, yeah, closer
Temper it what to took it well, very well, yeah
Come to talk about time to see, yeah, to take it real, ah

You'll see the muse to see your face to say "Yes!"
Hail to stars with out of trace, very grace, (?)
You (?) go to there to say, to tell
Come and leave there on the star, yeah
Come and stole them to give outside, yeah
Temper it what to took it (?), yeah-yeah
Shock my mind and soon you'll see it
Temper it what to see it, to success




To talk to my mind, to do my trace
And relate out of sight of the star

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Brian Jonestown Massacre's song Who Cares Why seem to be about embracing one's own power and letting go of the things that bring them down. The opening lines speak to this, as the singer declares that "nothing is going to bring you down now" and advises to "temper it and pray it" in order to face it "closer" and overcome it. The lines "You'll see the muse to see your face to say 'Yes!'/Hail to stars with out of trace, very grace" suggest that finding inspiration and embracing wonder can help one feel empowered.


The rest of the words are more difficult to parse, but seem to speak to the idea of breaking free and claiming one's own destiny. The lines "Come and leave there on the star, yeah/Come and stole them to give outside, yeah" suggest that the singer is leaving behind something or someone that once held them back, and is now moving towards something new and better. The repeated phrase "temper it what to took it" echoes the earlier advice to temper and pray, and implies that the singer is learning how to control their own fate.


Line by Line Meaning

Nothing is going to bring you down now, yeah
No matter what happens, you will not be discouraged.


Temper it and pray it, how does it fear, yeah, closer
Balance and meditate on your emotions, how they affect you, and come to a closer understanding of yourself.


Temper it what to took it well, very well, yeah
Handle your emotions and experiences with grace and composure.


Come to talk about time to see, yeah, to take it real, ah
Reflect on the past, be present in the moment, and take action to create a better future.


You'll see the muse to see your face to say "Yes!"
Inspiration will strike and you will feel a sense of affirmation.


Hail to stars with out of trace, very grace, (?)
Celebrate the unknown and find beauty in what cannot be easily explained.


You (?) go to there to say, to tell
You have a message to deliver.


Come and leave there on the star, yeah
Travel far and wide, exploring new horizons.


Come and stole them to give outside, yeah
Take what you have learned and share it with the world.


Temper it what to took it (?), yeah-yeah
Handle challenges calmly and with strength.


Shock my mind and soon you'll see it
Challenge yourself intellectually and you will achieve great things.


Temper it what to see it, to success
Handle obstacles with focus and determination in order to achieve success.


To talk to my mind, to do my trace
Reflect on your thoughts and experiences in order to better understand yourself.


And relate out of sight of the star
Connect with others in meaningful ways, even when they may seem distant or beyond your reach.




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