Music Monday: “Young Liars” by TV on the Radio

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Young Liars”
Artist: TV On the Radio
Album: Young Liars EP (2003)

Lyrics taken from genius.com

[Verse 1]
My mast ain’t so sturdy
My head is at half
I’m searching the clouds for the score
My lady avails herself
Of marked down freedom

Forever cashed out to no more
She put the blam in the blame
Bullets bearing the name
Of each tigress who’s left you a tooth
Save the skins for a pelt
And the rest for a belt
That can’t open
No nothing
Can’t open
No nothing

[Chorus]
Young liars
Thank you for taking my hands
Young liars
Oh thank you for taking my hands

[Verse 2]
Well it’s cold and it’s quiet
And cobblestone cold in here
Fucking for fear of not wanting
To fear again
Lonely is all we are
Lovely so far
But my heart’s still a marble
In an empty jelly jar
Someday suppose that my
Curious nervousness
Spills into prescience
Clairvoyant consciousness
I will be calmer than cream
Making maps out of your dreams
But will psychic ability
Clinch the nativity?
Or simply diminish the flinch?
Oh young liars

[Chorus]
Oh young liars
I said thank you for taking my hands
And burying them deep in the world’s wet womb
Where no one can heed their commands
Where no one can heed their commands except young liars
Young liars

[Outro]
Voice string trombone
Pull me forward onward
To the sea
Take my picture
Soon all I will be
Is my disease

Voice string trombone
Pull me forward onward
To the sea
Take my picture
Soon all I will be
Is my disease

The title track from TV On the Radio’s 2003 EP, “Young Liars” is bluesy tune that is simultaneously cumbersome in its pace, yet uplifting in its execution. With a constant high hat and kick drum foundation, additional synthesizers, keyboard, and percussion instruments join in to add more dynamic range. Singer Tunde Adebimpe makes use of hums and falsetto singing at the beginning of the song before crooning lyrics of astounding imagery with overlaid vocal lines that create a discordant harmony. Though I can’t speak to the direct meaning of the lyrics, they read like poetry and have an internal rhythm that lends itself to the song. This is a song that easy to get lost in, especially with eyes closed and headphones on.

Vinyl
My vinyl copy of Young Liars; originally released in 2003.

If you enjoyed this song, please feel free to check out the artist’s social media accounts below!

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