Old Yellow Bricks cover
Old Yellow Bricks cover

Old Yellow Bricks Lyrics Meanings
by Arctic Monkeys

Alternative
2007
552

Old Yellow Bricks Lyrics

Old yellow bricks
Love's a risk
Quite the little 'escapologist'
Looked so miffed
When you wished
For a thousand places better than this

You are the fugitive
But you don't know what you're runnin' from
You can't kid us
And you couldn't trick anyone
Houdini, love you don't know what you're runnin' away from

Who wants to sleep in the city that never wakes up?
Blinded by nostalgia
Who wants to sleep in the city that never wakes up?

She wasn't raged but the way
That the emperor put traps in the cage
And the days she been dull
Lead to nights readin' beer bottles

You're such a fugitive
But you don't know what you're runnin' from
You can't kid us
And you couldn't trick anyone
Houdini, love you don't know what you're runnin' away from Who wants to sleep in the city that never wakes up?
Blinded by nostalgia
Who wants to sleep in a city that never wakes up?

You're at a loss
Just because
It wasn't all that you thought it was

You are a fugitive, but you don't know what you're runnin' away from

She said, "I want to sleep in the city that never wakes up
And revel in nostalgia."
I know I said he wants to sleep in the city that never wakes up, but
Dorothy was right though

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The entire song references to the "Wizard of Oz" and speaks about living between the mayhem of the fiction. Someone trying to escape the place, like it happened to Dorothy after she had been there for a while. And then it ends up saying that nobody would really want to be in that universe. So many times we read fiction and we wish we could visit all those places, but what if they weren't as great as they seem?

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