Hold You Now 2:33

(feat. Danielle Haim)

Ezra:

I know the reason why you think you gotta leave
Promises of future glory don’t make a case for me
I did my best and all the rest is hidden by the clouds
I can’t carry you forever, but I can hold you now

Leaving on your wedding day
All calm and dressed in white
All I’ll keep’s the memory of one last crooked night
The pews are getting filled up
The organ’s playing loud
I can’t carry you forever, but I can hold you now

Danielle:

I know the reason why you think I oughta stay
Funny how you’re telling me on my wedding day
Crying in those rumpled sheets
Like someone’s ’bout to die
You just watch your mouth when talking ’bout the father of the bride

Why’s your heart grown heavy, boy, when things were feeling light?
Turning this June morning into some dark judgment night
This ain’t the end of nothing much, it’s just another round
I can’t carry you forever, but I can hold you now

Harmony Hall 5:08

We took a vow in summertime
Now we find ourselves in late December

I believe that New Year’s Eve
Will be the perfect time
For their great surrender

But they don’t remember

Anger wants a voice
Voices wanna sing
Singers harmonize
Til they can’t hear anything
I thought that I was free
From all that questioning
But every time a problem ends
Another one begins

Chorus:

And the stone walls of Harmony Hall bear witness
Anybody with a worried mind
Could never forgive the sight

Of wicked snakes
Inside a place
You thought was dignified

I don’t wanna live like this
But I don’t wanna die


Within the halls of power lies
A nervous heart that beats
Like a Young Pretender’s

Beneath these velvet gloves I hide
The shameful, crooked hands

Of a moneylender
Cuz I still remember

Anger wants a voice
Voices wanna sing
Singers harmonize
Til you can’t hear anything
I thought that I was free
From all that questioning
But every time a problem ends
Another one begins

Chorus

Bambina 1:42

No time to discuss it
Can’t speak when the waves
Reach our house up on the dunes

Time cannot be trusted
When the police come
They always come too soon

Life felt like heaven today
Like a foreign car though
We are American-made

I thought I’d probably stay
But before I know, I know

Chorus:

My Christian heart
Cannot withstand
The thundering arena

I’ll see you when
The violence ends

For now, ciao ciao
Bambina

No signs of injustice
No signs but the flames that are filling up the room

But fire cannot be trusted

When the engines come

They always come too soon

Chorus

This Life 4:28

Baby, I know pain
is as natural as the rain
I just thought it didn’t rain
in california

Baby, I know love
isn’t what I thought it was
Cuz I never known a love
like this before you

Baby, I know dreams
tend to crumble at extremes
I just thought our dream would last a
little bit longer

There’s a time when every man
draws a line down in the sand
We’re surviving. We’re still living.
Are we stronger?

You’ve been cheating on, cheating on me
I’ve been cheating on, cheating on you
You’ve been cheating on me
But I've been cheating through

This life
And all its suffering
Oh Christ
Am I good for nothing?

Baby, I know hate
is always waiting at the gate
I just thought we’d locked the gate when we
left in the morning

And I was told that war is
how we landed on these shores
I just thought the drums of war beat
louder warnings

Baby, I know death
prolly hasn’t happened yet
cuz I don’t remember living life before
this

And darling, our disease
is the same one as the trees
Unaware that they’ve been living in a
forest

Big Blue 1:48

Big blue
For once in my life,
I felt close to you.

I was so overcome with emotion.
When I was hurt and in need of affection,
When I was tired and I couldn’t go home

Then you offered protection

So am I learning my lesson?

Or am I back on my own?

How Long? 3:32

Tough choice? Don’t make me laugh
My life’s a joke
Your life’s a gas
You broke my heart at midnight mass
Now I’m the ghost of Christmas past

The only choice you gave to me
Was one I took reluctantly
Cuz when we play democracy
You always take immunity

Chorus:

How long til we sink to the bottom of
the sea?
How long, how long?
How long ’til we sink and it’s only you
and me?
How long, how long?

Verse 2:

What’s the point of getting clean?
You’ll wear the same old dirty jeans

What’s the point of being seen?
Those eyes are cruel, those eyes are mean

What’s the point of human beings?
A sharpie face on tangerines

Why’s it felt like Halloween
Since Christmas 2017?

Chorus

Verse 3:

Getting to the top
Wasn’t supposed to be this hard
The house is on Mulholland Drive
The car’s on Sunset Boulevard

The registration's here with me
But neither of us has the key
We can live down in the flats
The hills will fall eventually

Chorus

Unbearably White 4:40

Baby, I love you
but that’s not enough
And pulling away
has been unbearably buff

I ran up the mountain
out of your sight
The snow on the peak
was just unbearably white

The city was freezing
an elegant floe
that wind at the doorway
was unbearably cold

You walked to the bedroom
and sat down to write
The page in your notebook
was unbearably white

Chorus:

There’s an avalanche coming
Don’t cover your eyes
It’s what you thought that you wanted
It’s still a surprise

It’s hard on the body
It’s hard on the mind
To learn what kept us together, darling,
Is what kept us alive

Sooner or later
the story gets told
To tell it myself
would be unbearably bold

Presented with darkness
we turned to the light
Could have been smart
we’re just unbearably bright

Chorus

Call it a day
call it a night
Callous and cold and just unbearably white

Rich Man 2:29

When I was young, I was told I’d find
One rich man in ten has a satisfied mind
And I’m the one

100 to one says I wouldn’t react
But I’m the 1 in 100 who will swing right back
Yes I’m the one

Thousands of steps and staircases to climb
Thousands of men you’d most likely decline
And yet I’m the one

10,000 to 1: could I possibly bet?
I’m compelled by your love and I haven’t lost yet
Clearly you’re the one

One in a million don’t mean what it meant
And these millions of gold coins won’t gleam when they’re spent
And you’re left with none

Ten million dollars could win the whole lot
But if ten million dollars is all that you got
You won’t be the one

Hundreds of millions of papers to sign
Hundreds of millions of souls left behind
And yet we’re the ones

A billion to one: don’t the odds make you sick?
To be one in a billion’s a terrible trick
You’re the wretched one

Married in a Gold Rush 3:42

(feat. Danielle Haim)

Ezra:

Something’s happening in the country
And the government’s to blame
We got married in a gold rush
And the rush has never felt the same

Danielle:

Shared a moment in a café
Shared a kiss in pouring rain
We got married in a gold rush
And the sight of gold will always bring me pain

Chorus:

Ezra:

I don’t wanna hear the rumors
Please don’t say it loud
I just wanna go out tonight & make my baby proud

Danielle:

Boy, who’s your baby?

Ezra:

Girl, if you don’t know by now...
There’s two seats on the midnight train
The gold won’t weigh us down

Ezra:

Hanging gardens turned to desert

Danielle:

All that loving turned to hate

Together: We got married in a gold rush
And those wedding bells were ringing out our fate

Chorus

Bridge

Ezra:

The rush is on to somewhere else
We’re running out of time
Everything was ours
Now it’s just an empty mine

Danielle:

Animals don’t understand
The words on the danger sign
For them, it’s just some shade from the morning shine

Ezra:

I thought you might learn the language

Danielle:

I thought you might learn to sing

Together:

We were born before the gold rush
So why can’t I remember anything?

Ezra:

I want to put things back together

Danielle:

I want to give, I don’t wanna take

Ezra:

Time to disavow the gold rush
And the bitterness that’s flourished in its wake

Chorus

My Mistake 3:18

Skin under sun
Summer breeze
Summer break

Oh, I was young then
Hadn’t made
My mistake

Unaware of the fall
Unaware of my fate

There was peace in the valley
Til I made my mistake

Quick in the night
As the storm took its shape

Caught at the border

As I made my escape

It was cold
It was dark
You were cruel
You were fake

Hoping for kindness
Was my greatest mistake

Beep
I was young then
Hadn't made my mistake

There was choice to get out
Or remain in this state

There was springtime and future
Til I made my mistake

Quick in the night
As the storm took its shape

Caught at the border

As I made my escape

It was cold
It was dark
You were cruel
You were fake

Hoping for kindness was my greatest mistake

Sympathy 3:46

Alone in someone’s bedroom
She firmly took my hand
The isolation ended
I began to understand

In the ping-pong match of constant desire
I was never gonna get ahead
Cuz I was looking in the mirror

Refrain:

Now we’ve got that sympathy
What I’m to you
You are to me
Let’s go

Judeo-Christianity
I’d never heard the words
Enemies for centuries
Until there was a third

In the ping-pong match of constant desire
I was never gonna get ahead
'Cause I was looking in the mirror

Diego Garcia
Surrounded by the waves
Lonely in the ocean
But in every single way
It was full of love
And the warmest fellow-feeling

I didn’t have your sympathy
But I knew where to start
Explaining to you patiently
That the one who broke my heart
Would have broken yours
And thrown the pieces in the river

Desperate for an enemy
But too afraid to kill
Use the pain of someone else
And triumph for their will
And spill the blood
Of the arrogant mosquitoes

Sunflower 2:17

(feat. Steve Lacy)

Sunflower in the morning
Standing in the garden
All before you wake

No power can compel you
Out into the daylight
Let that evil wait

Strange thought upon the pillow:
“What day demands a date?”
Well I don’t know

Sunflower in the evening
Standing in the garden
Taking up that space

No power can compel me
Back into the daylight
Let that evil wait

Strange thought upon the pillow:
“What day demands a date?”
Well I don’t know

Flower Moon 3:57

(feat. Steve Lacy)

Flower moon
Cursed the night
If the sun don’t make things right
Then it’s gonna take a year

Flower moon
Sacred sign
Coca-Cola and red wine
Now’s the time to disappear

It was the right place, wrong time
Another night at the borderline
Another night in then sway of the the flower moon

It was the right week on a cursed day
Another chapter was underway
Another year in the light of the flower moon

A shift in weight
A simple twist of fate
Suddenly it’s much too late
The rising tide’s already lapping at the gate

2021 1:38

2021, will you think about me?
I could wait a year
but I shouldn’t wait three
I don’t wanna be…

2021, will you think about us?
Copper goes green
steal beams go rust
It’s a matter of…

We Belong Together 3:10

(feat. Danielle Haim)

Ezra:

We go together like sound and sight
Black and white
day and night
We go together like left and right
Oh, we go together

Danielle:

We go together like give and take
Pains and aches
real and fake
We go together, don't be opaque
It’s clear we go together

Chorus:

We belong together
We belong together
Baby, there’s no use
in being clever
Baby, it don’t mean
we’ll stay together

Ezra:

We go together like pots and pans
Surf and sand
bottles and cans
We go together like lions and lambs
Oh, we go together

Danielle:

We go together like Keats and Yeats
Bowls and plates
days and dates
We stay united like these old states
It’s how we go together

Chorus

Hallelujah, you’re still mine
All I did was waste your time
If there’s not some grand design
How’d this pair of stars align?

Stranger 4:08

I-I-I-I
Things have never been stranger
I-I-I-I
Things are gonna stay strange
I-I-I-I
I remember life as a stranger
But things change

Another night indoors
Another sign of life, life
Wobbling up through the floor

You and Kidada
Ooh, I might get low, low, low
But now I’m too high to know

The sound of you and your sister
I couldn’t face these days alone
You got the right light, candles burning
We don’t need the moon anymore

I used to look for an answer
I used to knock on every door
But you got the wave on, music playing
Don’t need to look anymore

Chorus:

You and Kidada
Ooh, the lights get low, low, low
And I’ve got nowhere to go

I used to freeze on the dance floor
I watched the icebergs from the shore
But you got the heat on, kettle screaming
Don’t need to freeze anymore

Chorus

Who knows the reason
That kindness lost its hold?
Those better angels
Confined to minor roles

I left the wilding, wilding, wilding days of old
Your house is warmer
The wilderness is cold

Chorus

Spring Snow 2:41

The snow fell last night
Your flight couldn’t leave
Come back to the bed
Let’s take this reprieve

It felt like the end
The end’s been delayed
You’re here in my arms
So what should I say?

The words of a song
The prayers that we pray
The lock on the door
Won’t keep them away

The snow slows them down
If just for a day
But here comes the sun
Those toxic old rays

Trains start to move
Bells start to ring
The seasons we had
Don’t mean anything

Jerusalem, New York, Berlin 2:54

I know I loved you then
I think I love you still
But this prophecy of ours
Has come back dressed to kill

Three stones on a mountain
Three small holes in a field
You’ve given me the big dream
But you can’t make it real

Chorus:

O, wicked world
Just think what could have been
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

All I do is lose but baby
All I want’s to win
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

Verse 2

A hundred years or more
It feels like such a dream
An endless conversation
Since 1917

Now the battery is too hot
It’s burning up in its tray
Young marriages are melting
And dying where they lay

Chorus

Our tongues will fall so still
Our teeth will all decay
A minute feels much longer
With nothing left to say

So let them win the battle
But don't let them restart
That genocidal feeling
That beats in every heart

Chorus

Hold You Now

(feat. Danielle Haim)

Written by Ezra Koenig & Hans Zimmer / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid & Shawn Everett / “Hold You Now” contains a sample of GOD YU TEKKEM LAEF BLONG MI composed by Hanz Zimmer, from the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture THE THIN RED LINE, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Harmony Hall

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Additional production by Rostam Batmanglij / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Dave Schiffman, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Manny Marroquin at Larrabee Studios (North Hollywood, CA) / Mix Engineer Chris Galland assisted by Robin Florent & Scott Desmarais

Bambina

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

This Life

Written by Ezra Koenig, Makonnen Sheran & Mark Ronson / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Additional Production by Dave Macklovitch / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel), Hiroyo Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Manny Marroquin at Larrabee Studios (North Hollywood CA) / Mix Enginner Chris Galland assisted by Robin Florent & Scott Desmarais

Big Blue

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, Ezra Koenig and DJ Dahi / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

How Long?

Written by Ezra Koenig, William Shelby, Stephen Shockley & Leon F. Sylvers III / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Additional Production by Dave Macklovitch / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid / “How Long” contains elements from “And the Beat Goes On” (William Shelby/Stephen Shockley/Leon F. Sylvers III), published by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC/H&R Lastrada Music/Notting Hill Music o/b/o Leon F Sylvers III Publishing. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Unbearably White

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Additional Production by BloodPop® / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

Rich Man

Written by Ezra Koenig & S.E. Rogie / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, Dave Schiffman, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid / Contains a sample of “Please Go Easy With Me” written and performed by S.E. Rogie, used courtesy of Rogee, Inc.

Married in a Gold Rush

(feat. Danielle Haim)

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Dave Schiffman, Michael Harris, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

My Mistake

Written by Ezra Koenig & Ludqig Göransson / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, Ezra Koenig, & DJ Dahi / Additioanl Production by Bobby Ross / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Buddy Ross, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

Sympathy

Written by Ezra Koenig & Ariel Rechtshaid / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, Shawn Everett, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

Sunflower

(feat. Steve Lacy)

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, Dave Schiffman, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

Flower Moon

(feat. Steve Lacy)

Written by Ezra Koenig, Ariel Rechtshaid, & Sam Gendel / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Additional Production by Steve Lacy / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Michael Harris, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

2021

Written by Haruomi Hosono & Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / “2021” [contains a sample of “Talking” Written by Haruomi Hosono] / Published by Medium Inc., administered by Nichion, Inc., sub published in the United States and Canada by Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We Belong Together

(feat. Danielle Haim)

Written by Ezra Koenig & Rostam Batmanglij / Produced by Rostam Batmanglij / Engineered by Rostam Batmanglij, Dalton Ricks, Nick Rowe & Michael Harris / Recorded at The Stanley’s House in Martha’s Vineyard, Echo Park Blackhouse Studios & Vox Studios / Mixed by Rostam Batmanglij

Stranger

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Michael Harris, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid & Shawn Everett

Spring Snow

Written by Ezra Koenig, BloogPop® & Sam Gendel / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, Ezra Koenig & BloodPop® / Additional Production by Buddy Ross / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

Jerusalem, New York, Berlin

Written by Ezra Koenig / Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig / Additional Production by BloodPop® & Buddy Ross / Engineered by Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Kasych, John DeBold, Hiroya Takayama & Takemasa Kosaka / Mixed by Ariel Rechtshaid

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Ariel Rechtshaid, Ezra Koenig & Dave Macklovitch / RECORDED AT: Effie Street Studios (Silverlake, CA) / Vox (Hollywood, CA) / Sony Music Studios (Akasaka, Minato, Japan) / MASTERED BY Emily Lazar at The Lodge (New York, NY) / ASSISTED BY Chris Allgood / ART DIRECTOR: Nick Harwood / COVER DESIGN: Primo Kahn and Public-Library / ILLUSTRATOR: Brendan Ratzlaff / VAMPIRE WEEKEND is exclusively managed worldwide by Ian Montone with Matt Pollack, Brian Cross & John Michael Picard for Monotone, Inc. / Legal Representation: Nicky Stein at Clintons

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