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Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey lyrics
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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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