One Direction’s “Live While We’re Young” Lyrics Breakdown

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Posted by on 09/20/2012 at 2:13 PM Lyrics

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One Direction’s had a busy Thursday. After a terrifying leak, the boy-banders rush-released “Live While We’re Young,” the first single off their upcoming album Take Me Home. It’s an important song for One Direction, as the track’s chart success could cement their post-”What Makes You Beautiful” career stateside.

Sonically, “Live While We’re Young” isn’t much of a jump from 1D’s Up All Night days. Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk and Savan Kotecha, that album’s producers, once again bring a crisp poppy sound to the record, with “Starships”-style guitars and a bouncy chorus made for teenage girls to pogo too.

But what at first glance sounds like another harmless ode to teenage puppy love reveals itself on a second listen to be something more mature—debaucherous, even. Are One Direction slowly muscling in on The Wanted’s “Let’s get drunk and hook up” lyrical territory?

Here’s our take on the key lyrics. Tell us if we’re completely bonkers by clicking the highlighted text and commenting, or start a thread by highlighting the plain text.

Hey girl  I’m waiting on you, waiting on you
Come on and let me sneak you out
And have a celebration, a celebration
The music up, the windows down

Yeah, we’ll keep doing what we do
Just pretending that we’re cool
And we know it too

Yeah, we’ll keep doing what we do
Pretending that we’re cool
So tonight


Lets go crazy, crazy crazy ’til we see the sun
I know we only met but let’s pretend it’s love
And never never never stop for anyone
Tonight let’s get some, and  live while we’re young

Hey girl it’s now or never, it’s now or never
Don’t over-think, just let it go
And if we get together, yeah get together
Don’t let the pictures leave your phone

 Yeah, we’ll keep doing what we do
Just pretending that we’re cool
For a night


And girl, you and I,
We ’bout to make some memories
Tonight, I wanna live while we’re young
We wanna live while we’re young


Wanna live, wanna live, wanna live, wanna live
Wanna live, wanna live, wanna live, wanna live
Wanna live, wanna live, wanna live, wanna live

Tonight let’s get some, and live while we’re young


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