Dust Lane
Yann Tiersen Lyrics

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We are boys and girls

Of the new world treading young.

We just want to find something.

We just want to lose control
Of our thoughts... of our thoughts....

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Yann Tiersen's "Dust Lane" reflect the universal struggles of young people today. Both boys and girls alike, living in the new world, are described as "treading young," which could signify a sense of precariousness or uncertainty in their current situation. They are searching for something meaningful; something that could grant them a sense of purpose or identity. The lines "We just want to find something/ We just want to lose control" suggest there may be a desire for experimentation, for breaking free from the constraints of society, and for experiencing life on their own terms. It's almost as if they want to indulge in a sense of recklessness and abandon, even if it leads them astray. The repetition of the line "Of our thoughts...of our thoughts" highlights the internal conflict of young people and the pressure to figure out their own life paths.

Perhaps the last line in particular is the most poignant. It's no secret that young people today face an enormous amount of pressure to have their lives figured out, and to make sure they are living up to others' expectations. But Tiersen recognizes that sometimes, the best thing you can do is simply lose control over your own thoughts and surrender to something that feels true to you.

Line by Line Meaning

We are boys and girls
We are youthful and inexperienced individuals.

Of the new world treading young.
We are navigating through the modern world with vigor.

We just want to find something.
We yearn to discover a purpose or meaning in our lives.

We just want to lose control
We crave the thrill of letting go of our inhibitions.

Of our thoughts... of our thoughts....
We want to escape the confines of our own minds and the pressures that come with them.

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I once saw Tiersen in concert. I remember going in not knowing what to expect... I wasn't expecting such pure beauty. There was no flashy lights, no alien clothes (in fact, I don't remember doing much other than playing music.) But one thing is for sure... I will never forget that memorable night. I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for discovering Yann Tiersen. Forever live as Tiersen.


N.C. Lightning same


Magnífico, hermoso, potente. Cómo me encanta esta música!!


Desde hace mas de 10 anios he escuchado esta cancion , no sabria aun despues de todo este tiempo describir con precision lo que esta cancion hace dentro mio cuando cierro los ojos y me dejo llevar


I got this album shortly after it came out while I was still in high school. Each song on this album collected memories during those few months when I was listening to it on repeat and now the album acts as a time capsule. This song in particular is associated with my first date with my first girlfriend in Chicago, and I relive one of the happiest days of my life each time I hear it. Thank you Yann.


Le tengo que dar gracias a Yann por hacerme sentir cosas inexplicables, lo amo en verdad. Seré su eterna agradecida si regresa nuevamente a México pronto.


This is an amazing song, very different from what he ususally ceated. It's a step in a direction I like. The entire album is different, and I like it.


Essa música me dá arrepios! No bom sentido, lindo!


Essa música me leva à outra dimensão.


Adrya Lorena Realmente é linda!!! Andar pelas florestas da Europa escutando ela é como se teletransportar à outra dimensão

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