Reptilia
The Strokes Lyrics


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He seemed impressed by the way you came in
"Tell us a story, I know you're not boring"
I was afraid that you would not insist
"You sound so sleepy, just take this, now leave me"

I said, please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town
Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough

Now every time that I look at myself
"I thought I told you, this world is not for you"
The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
"You sound so angry, just calm down, you found me"

I said please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town

Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road




The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of The Strokes' "Reptilia" are a conversation between two people. The first person seems impressed by the way the second person entered the scene and asks them to tell a story since they are not boring. The second person fears that they might seem uninteresting but is told to take something to calm down and just tell the story.


The second part of the song sees the second person asking the first one not to slow them down if they are going too fast. They are in a strange part of town and the night is not over yet, they should try harder. The lyrics also hint towards a sense of exhaustion, with the second person feeling like they are drowning fast enough.


Overall, "Reptilia" is a song that expresses a sense of competitiveness and anxiety in a social setting. It speaks to the pressure to impress, to be interesting and exciting, and the fear of being considered boring. The lyrics are open to different interpretations, and it is possible that they are referring to the music industry and the pressure to stay relevant and come up with new material.


Line by Line Meaning

He seemed impressed by the way you came in
He appeared to be taken aback by the confidence in which you walked in


"Tell us a story, I know you're not boring"
Please share with us a narrative, as I believe you have an interesting one to tell


I was afraid that you would not insist
I worried you wouldn't persist in engaging with me


"You sound so sleepy, just take this, now leave me"
You seem uninterested, here's something to occupy you, but please go away


I said, please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
Please don't hinder my progress if I'm moving too quickly


You're in a strange part of our town
You're in a peculiar neighborhood that you may not be familiar with


Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
There's still much left to experience, you haven't put much effort into it


Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
Our paths are diverging, and you've caused me to stumble


The wait is over, I'm now taking over
The long anticipation has ended, I am now in control


You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough
You're not finding amusement in my misery, and I'm not sinking quickly enough


Now every time that I look at myself
Each occasion that I gaze upon myself


"I thought I told you, this world is not for you"
I believe I mentioned that this planet isn't suited for you


The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
The space is erupting as she adjusts her hairstyle


"You sound so angry, just calm down, you found me"
You appear upset, but please relax, you found me


I said please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
Please don't hinder my progress if I'm moving too quickly


You're in a strange part of our town
You're in a peculiar neighborhood that you may not be familiar with


Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
There's still much left to experience, you haven't put much effort into it


Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
Our paths are diverging, and you've caused me to stumble


The wait is over, I'm now taking over
The long anticipation has ended, I am now in control


You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough
You're not finding amusement in my misery, and I'm not sinking quickly enough




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Julian Casablancas

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@ihaverabies17

He seemed impressed by the way you came in
"Tell us a story, I know you're not boring"
I was afraid that you would not insist
"You sound so sleepy, just take this, now leave me"
I said, please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town
Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough
Now every time that I look at myself
"I thought I told you, this world is not for you"
The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
"You sound so angry, just calm down, you found me"
I said please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town
Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough



@Darkopolypse98

[LYRICS]
He seemed impressed by the way you came in
"Tell us a story, I know you're not boring"
I was afraid that you would not insist
"You sound so sleepy, just take this, now leave me"
I said, please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town
Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough
Now every time that I look at myself
"I thought I told you, this world is not for you"
The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
"You sound so angry, just calm down, you found me"
I said please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town
Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough



@IvanGonzalez-pi2cz

He seemed impressed by the way you came in.
"Tell us a story
I know you're not boring"

I was afraid that you would not insist.
"You sound so sleepy
just take this, now leave me"

I said please don't slow me down
If I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town...

Yeah, the night's not over
You're not trying hard enough,
Our lives are changing lanes
You ran me off the road,
The wait is over
I'm now taking over,
You're no longer laughing
I'm not drowning fast enough.

Now every time that I look at myself
"I thought I told you
this world is not for you"

The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
"you sound so angry
just calm down, you found me"

I said please don't slow me down
If I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town...

Yeah, the night's not over
You're not trying hard enough,
Our lives are changing lanes
You ran me off the road,
The wait is over
I'm now taking over,
You're no longer laughing
I'm not drowning fast enough.



@--ghostygp6531

Lyrics: dale a cantar compa

He seemed impressed by the way you came in
"Tell us a story, I know you're not boring"
I was afraid that you would not insist
"You sound so sleepy, just take this, now leave me"

I said, please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town

Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough

Now every time that I look at myself
"I thought I told you, this world is not for you"
The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
"You sound so angry, just calm down, you found me"

I said please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town

Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough



@Pride317

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
He seemed impressed by the way you came in
"Tell us a story, I know you're not boring"
I was afraid that you would not insist
"You sound so sleepy, just take this, now leave me"

[Pre-Chorus]
I said please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town

[Chorus]
Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough

[Verse 2]
Now every time that I look at myself
"I thought I told you, this world is not for you"
The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
"You sound so angry, just calm down, you found me"

[Pre-Chorus]
I said please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast
You're in a strange part of our town

[Chorus]
Yeah, the night's not over, you're not trying hard enough
Our lives are changing lanes, you ran me off the road
The wait is over, I'm now taking over
You're no longer laughing, I'm not drowning fast enough



@nataliagonzalez3534

He seemed impressed by the way you came in,
"tell us a story
i know you're not boring"
I was afraid that you would not insist.
"you sound so sleepy
just take this, now leave me"
I said please don't slow me down
if i'm going too fast
you're in a strange part of our town...
Yeah, the night's not over
you're not trying hard enough,
our lives are changing lanes
you ran me off the road,
the wait is over
i'm now taking over,
you're no longer laughing
i'm not drowning fast enough.
Now everytime that i look at myself
"i though i told you
this world is not for you"
The room is on fire as she's fixing her hair
"you sound so angry
just calm down, you found me"
I said please don't slow me down
if i'm going too fast
you're in a strange part of our town...
Yeah, the night's not over
you're not trying hard enough,
our lives are changing lanes
you ran me off the road,
the wait is over
i'm now taking over,
you're no longer laughing
i'm not drowning fast enough.



All comments from YouTube:

@sernoddicusthegallant6986

Everybody is talking about Julian but nobody seems to appreciate just how fucking on-point the bass is in this song.

@ava_daza

as a bassist, i fucking agree with ya

@aat556

No cap, the main reason I fell in love with this song was the sick bass line in the pre-chorus. Gets me every time

@monndei4741

i agree!

@alejandrovallejo6763

Very simple line but the tone has a lot of attitude

@sarahmorris5932

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Loded Diper really changed their style

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good joke.

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You just brought back so many memories

@adindotable

thanks for this, dude. i needed the laugh

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