The Only Ones
The Only Ones is a new wave song by The Sounds. It was recorded in early 2009 and released as track 10 on the album Crossing the Rubicon on 2009-06-02. The song was written and composed by Jesper Anderberg, Félix Rodríguez, Fredrik Nilsson, Maja Ivarsson, and Johan Bengtsson and sung by Maja Ivarsson.
The song opens with a piano solo, then Maja's vocal join and sing the first verse. The song picks up with the first chorus, and really gets going before the second verse. I love the instruments in this song, and Maja's whining vocals really fit with the song's mood.
I haven't been able to find any specifics about the song, but it seems to be about two lovers taking part in a rebellion against oppressors, possibly a reference to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, but I have no evidence to support this. The lyrics seem to indicate that, even though they were successful at fighting off the villains, the pair still separated.
I first heard this song when I listened to Crossing the Rubicon after buying it because I was impressed with The Sounds from an indie playlist. I don't know if I immediately liked the song, but after several listens, it became one of my favorite songs.
Where I grew up it was different There was no violence or like other towns But when I came home from school that night I saw the cops were on the run There were kids on the wall reaching up to the sky Like a culture shock of joy It sent me into a strong fascination And what's been lost is back 'Cause we were the only ones Darling and me this time it's going down You know where I belong And you know it's time that we let go Been drifting so far away from home November came back and all was gone You know where I belong, my darling This time it's going down... When December came I was older And snow was finally on the ground Soldiers lining up, cameras feeding the world With pictures that would mark my mind I heard this woman scream as she was begging for trust And turning ghost-like behind the court A shotgun blast, as new years passed Oppression was on the run 'Cause we were the only ones Darling and me this time they're going down You know where I belong You know it's time that we let go Been drifting so far away from home November came back and all was gone You know where I belong, my darling This time they're going down... It's going down You know where I belong You know it's time that we let go Been drifting so far away from home November came back and now it's gone You know where I belong, my darling It's going down... down.
- youtube.com/watch?v=K-TvOGUcoEU - Album version.
- wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Rubicon_%28The_Sounds_album%29 - Wikipedia page for Crossing the Rubicon.