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The Writing's on the Wall Lyrics By OK Go Songs Album: Hungry Ghosts Year: 2014 Listen I know it's been hard You know it's no different for me We're less

OK Go - The Writing's on the Wal
OK Go - The Writing's on the Wall


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Album: Hungry Ghosts
Released: 2014

The Writing's on the Wall Lyrics


Listen I know it's been hard
You know it's no different for me
We're less than a zero-sum game now
And baby, we both know that's not how it's supposed to be

The Writing's on the Wall
It seems like forever
Since we had a good day
The writing's on the wall

But I, just want to get you high tonight
I, just want to see some pleasure in your eyes
Some pleasure in your eyes

And I go too high, and you go too cold
Then we both fall apart
Then you bring your mind, to rest against mine
But the mind has no say on affairs of the heart

The writing's on the wall
It seems like forever
Since we had a good day
The writing's on the wall

But I, just want to get you high tonight
I, just want to see some pleasure in your eyes
Some pleasure in your eyes

Then you bring your mind, to rest against mine
But the mind has no say on affairs of the heart

The writing's on the wall
It seems like forever
Since we had a good day
The writing's on the wall

But I, just want to get you high tonight
I, just want to see some pleasure in your eyes
Some pleasure in your eyes

I, just want to get you high
Just want to get you high
Just want to get you high
Even if it's the last thing we do together
Even if it's the last thing we do together

Writer/s: DAMIAN KULASH, TIMOTHY NORDWIND
Publisher: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
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The Writing's on the Wall
  • This song is about a troubled relationship in which the two parties see things in different ways. The writing is indeed on the wall for the pair.
  • "The writing on the wall" is an expression that suggests a portent of doom or misfortune. It originates from the Old Testament Book of Daniel Chapter 5, where during a banquet hosted by King Belshazzar, a mysterious hand appeared and wrote on the palace wall the words, "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin". Daniel interpreted this message as the imminent end for the Babylonian kingdom. Belshazzar was slain that night and the Persians sacked the capital city.
  • The song's music video features the band romping through a series of optical illusions. Everything you see is actually a trick of the eye. The set took nearly three weeks to construct in a cavernous Brooklyn lot and the single long shot over 50 attempts to get right. The connection with the song becomes clear during the bridge, when a camera decrypts a message that reads, "I think I understand you, but I don't."

    "It was important to me that we didn't add a layer of meaning that's not already there," explained frontman and co-director Damian Kulash to Rolling Stone. "We wanted to be able to have messages in there, but I didn't want them going throughout the entire song in way that would make you feel like you were reading the whole time."
  • The video was inspired by an advertisement that OK Go frontman Damian Kulash saw for BBC4. Bassist Tim Nordwind explained to The California Aggie: "The ad [was a film of a] bunch of objects, but you couldn't tell what the the objects were supposed to be. When the camera changed to a certain perspective [the objects] came together and turned into a shape – like a circle or a square – and he was really excited about that. As we got to talking about it, we thought if we did this on a massive level it would make a really good, fun video. That's how 'The Writing's on the Wall" came together."
  • Damian Kulash told Purevolume the story of the song: "Our bassist Tim wrote the initial demo for this song, and in his temp lyrics (we'll usually put scraps of phrases or gibberish in the earliest versions of our songs and then fill the ideas in more when the song has taken more shape), he'd used the phrase 'the writing's on the wall.'"

    "The line seemed to capture the melancholic air of the song, so I tried to write from Tim's perspective about a difficult break up he'd just been through, letting it revolve around that moment when you feel the end coming," he continued.

    "What's crazy is that less than a month after the song was done, my wife left me, pretty much out of the blue," Kulash concluded. "So apparently I was writing about my own life, not Tim's, and I didn't even know it."
  • The song was released as the lead single from Hungry Ghosts. Kulash explained the meaning of the album title to HMV.com . "The reason we named it Hungry Ghosts is it comes from a Buddhist term," he said. "Hungry Ghosts are beings that live inside us and have an insatiable craving for both peace and desire. It's trying to sum up that notion that something is right at your fingertips, but you can't quite get it."

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