Vampire Weekend - Capricorn Lyrics

 

Vampire Weekend - Capricorn Lyrics


Can't reach the moon now

Can't turn the tide

The world looked different

When God was on your side

Who builds the future?

Do they care why?

I know you're tired of trying

Listen clearly, you don't have to try

Capricorn

The year that you were born

Finished fast

And the next one wasn't yours

Too old for dying young

Too young to live alone

Sifting through centuries

For moments of your own

Alone and wounded

But in my prime

l called the hospital

They didn't have the time

I'd seen it coming

It's no surprise

I know you're tired of trying

Listen clearly

You don't have to try

Capricorn

The year that you were born

Finished fast

And the next one wasn't yours

Too old for dying young

Too young to live alone

Sifting through centuries

For moments of your own

A hundred dollars

On someone's dime

I looked for answers there

They weren't mine to find

Good days are coming

Not just to die

I know you're tired of trying

Listen, baby

You don't have to try

Capricorn

The year that you were born

Finished fast

And the next one wasn't yours

Too old for dying young

Too young to live alone

Sifting through centuries

For moments of your own

Capricorn

The year that you were born

Finished fast

And the next one wasn't yours

Too old for dying young

Too young to live alone

Sifting through centuries

For moments of your own



Analysis of Vampire Weekend's "Capricorn"

Narrative:

Beginning: The song opens with a sense of despair stemming from the loss of a once powerful faith. Lines like "Can't reach the moon now" and "The world looked different / When God was on your side" convey this feeling.

Past: The lines "Capricorn / The year that you were born / Finished fast" suggest that the person had a difficult past, that their youth was over quickly, and that the future does not belong to them. The line "Too old for dying young / Too young to live alone" shows that the person feels both prematurely mature and lonely.

Present: The song's protagonist is exhausted and tired of fighting. The line "I know you're tired of trying" repeats this sentiment. However, throughout the song, there is an attempt to offer comfort by saying "Listen clearly, you don't have to try."

Hope: The end of the song offers a glimmer of hope. The line "Good days are coming / Not just to die" implies that there will be better days in the future. This time, the person is told to "You don't have to try," suggesting a sense of relaxation.

Main Theme:

Weariness, loneliness, being stuck in the past, and the search for hope. The song emphasizes the importance of not giving up and looking to the future with hope in the face of adversity.

Narrative Section:

The section starting with the lines "Capricorn / The year that you were born / Finished fast" and ending with "Sifting through centuries / For moments of your own."

Essence:

The lines "I know you're tired of trying / Listen clearly, you don't have to try" emphasize the song's essence and message.

Protagonist and their experiences:

A lonely person with a difficult past who is tired and exhausted but looking for hope for the future.

Keywords and Meanings:

  • Capricorn: Zodiac sign, the year the person was born, and the burden it brings.
  • Tired: Fatigued, worn out from fighting.
  • Try: To make an effort, to struggle.
  • Moments: Instances, happy memories.
  • Good days: Future days of hope and happiness.

Analysis:

  • Subject analysis: Personal struggle, hope seeking, and looking to the future.
  • Emotional analysis: Weariness, loneliness, desperation, and hope.
  • Semantic network analysis: Zodiac signs, time, struggle, loneliness, hope.
  • Critical analysis: More information is needed to provide a critique of the song's content.
  • Language analysis: The lyrics are poetic and use metaphorical imagery.
  • Psychological analysis: The song explores feelings of exhaustion, hopelessness, and hope seeking from a psychological perspective.

Overall Message and Conclusion:

No matter how difficult life may be, it is important to never give up and always look to the future with hope. The song ends with a message of hope that better days will come.

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