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Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey lyrics

[Verse:]
Oh, sweet thing
Zion doesn't love you
And Babylon don't love you
But you love everything.
Oh, you saint
America don't love you
So I could never love you
In spite of everything

[Pre-Chorus:]
In the dark of this place
There's the glow of your face
There's the dust on the screen
Of this broken machine
And I can't help but feel
That I've made some mistake
But I let it go
Ya Hey (x3)

[Chorus:]
Through the fire and through the flames
(Ya hey x2, what do you eh ya hey x2)
You won't even say your name
(Ya hey x2, what do you eh ya hey x2)
Through the fire and through the flames
You won't even say your name
Only "I am that I am"
But who could ever live that way?
(Ya Hey x2)
What do you eh? Ya Hey
What do you? You

[Verse 2:]
Oh,
The motherland don't love you
The fatherland don't love you
So why love anything?
Oh, good God
The faithless, they don't love you
The zealous hearts don't love you
And that's not gonna change

[Pre-Chorus:]
All the cameras and files
All the paranoid styles
All the tension and fear
Of a secret career
And I can't help but feel
That you see the mistakes
But you let it go
Ya Hey (x3)

[Chorus:]

[Middle 8]
Outside the tents, on the festival grounds
As the air began to cool, and the sun went down
My soul swooned, as I faintly heard the sound
Of you spinning Israelite's
Into 19th Nervous Breakdown

[Chorus:]

[Refrain]
Through the fire and through the flames
You won't even say your name
Only "I am that I am"
But who could ever live that way?
(Ya Hey x2)
What do you eh? Ya Hey
What do you? You



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    "Ya Hey" is a song directly written to a divine being. It begins by looking at the position of god in the modern world. Koenig sings in the first verse:

    "Oh, sweet thing
    Zion doesn't love you
    And Babylon don't love you
    But you love everything.
    Oh, you saint
    America don't love you
    So I could never love you
    In spite of everything"

    Today, war is waged between Palestine and Israel, a land which was claimed by a group of nationalist Jews referred to as the Zionist movement. The holy lands have degraded to a violent mess. In America faith in god is at an all time low as religion becomes less and less socially respectable.

    The first prechorus refers to a "broken machine" which means the world that we live in today, a machine designed by god that has somehow strayed from the proper course and broken. The chanting of "Ya Hey" begins at the end of the prechorus, and the use of a pitch shifter starts to make it sound like they are chanting Yahweh, as god is referred to in the Torah.

    The chorus makes reference to the Bible:

    Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?"
    God said to Moses, "I AM THAT I AM";

    The second prechorus sums up the message of the song, saying:

    "And I can't help but feel
    That you see the mistakes
    But you let it go"

    The song is about the patience of god with the failures of mankind.
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