Fun.’s “Some Nights” Lyrics Breakdown: Sex, Death and Hipster Self-Doubt

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Posted by on 09/24/2012 at 3:01 PM Exclusive, Lyrics

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“Some Nights,” Fun.’s follow-up to the world-beating “We Are Young,” packs an awful lot into its four-and-a-half minutes. A capella vocal chorales, flashy prog-rock tempo changes, “tribal” chants, refrains borrowed from Simon & Garfunkel, auto-tune jacked from T-Pain, and a high-emo lyric about, er, art, sex, death, success, self-doubt, self-actualization, Mom, Dad, Sis, and baby nephew. What does it all mean? What do I stand for? Below, Popdust investigates.

Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights, I call it a draw

Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure, what I stand for oh oh oh
What do I stand for? Oh what do I stand for?
Most nights, I don’t know anymore

Oh whoa, oh whoa, oh whoa oh oh
Oh whoa, oh whoa, oh whoa oh oh

This is it, boys, this is war, what are we waiting for?
Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype,
Save that for the black and white I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked,
But here they come again to jack my style

That’s alright, I found a martyr in my bed tonight
Stops my bones from wondering just who I, who I, who I am, oh who am I, mm, mm

Well some nights, I wish that this all would end
‘Cause I could use some friends for a change
And some nights, I’m scared you’ll forget me again
Some nights, I always win, I always win

But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for, oh
What do I stand for? Oh what do I stand for? Most nights, I don’t know (come on)

So this is it? I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of that for this?
I miss my mom and dad for this?
No. When I see stars, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like this one, so come on

Oh, come on, oh, come on, oh come on!

Well that is it, guys, that is all,  five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This is not one for the folks at homeI’m sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?

My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she called “love”
But when I look into my nephew’s eyes,
Man you wouldn’t believe, the most amazing things, that can come from,
Some terrible lies, ah (oh whoa, oh whoa, oh whoa, oh oh)

Oh whoa, oh whoa, oh whoa, oh oh
Oh whoa, oh whoa, oh whoa, oh oh

The other night, you wouldn’t believe the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up, but we’d both agree
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance, oh
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance, oh

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