Song of the Day #1,635: ‘Why Am I the One’ – fun.

fun_some_nightsTop Songs of 2012 – #4

Some Nights, the sophomore album by New York City band fun., was one of the most creative and dynamic releases of the year, a blend of indie rock and Queen-inspired bombast that never pauses to take a breath.

The big hits on Some Nights were the millennial anthem ‘We Are Young’ and the epic title song, with its fantastic multi-track harmonies and military drum beat. But my favorite song on the album is a deeper cut.

Like much of the album, ‘Why Am I the One’ blends contemplative verses with a blast-off chorus. I find this song beautifully constructed and produced. Every backing vocal and instrumental fill hits at exactly the right moment.

It’s the highest point on an album of high points.

I got enough on my mind
that when she pulls me by the hair
she hasn’t much to hold onto

She keeping count on her hand
One, Two, Three days
that I been sleeping on my side

I finished kissing my death
so now I head back up the steps
Thinking about where I’ve been
I mean the sun was never like this
I wanna feel with the season
I guess it makes sense
cause my lives become as vapid as
a night out in Los Angeles
and I just want to stay in bed
and hold you like I used to
You know that I am home
so darling if you love me
would you let me know…

Or go on, go on, go on
if you were thinking that the worst is yet to come
Why am I the one
always packing up my stuff?

For once, for once, for once
I get the feeling that I’m right where I belong
Why am I the one
always packing up my stuff

She got enough on her mind
that she feel no sorrow
I let my fate fill the air
so now she rollin’ down her window
Never been one to hold on
but I need a last breath
so I ask if she remembers when
she used to come and visit and
we were fools to think that nothing could go wrong

Go on, go on, go on
if you were thinking that the worst is yet to come
Why am I the one
always packing up my stuff

For once, for once, for once
I get the feeling that I’m right where I belong
Why am I the one
always packing all my stuff
I think I kinda like it
but I might of had too much

I’ll move back down to this western town
when they find me out
make no mistake about it

I’ll move back down to this western town…
Go on, go on, go on
if you were thinkin that the worst is yet to come
Why am I the one
always packin up my stuff

For once, for once, for once
I get the feeling that im right where I belong
Why am I the one
always packin up my stuff

I think I kinda like it but I might of had too much
and I’ll move back down…


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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,635: ‘Why Am I the One’ – fun.

  1. Dana says:

    I really need to get this album. I like everything I have heard from this band.

  2. Amy says:

    Between Foster the People last year and fun. this year (what’s with that punctuation mark? I’ll have to read up…), we have been treated to some great new music. Before these past couple of bands, I had felt that Vampire Weekend was the first fresh sound (that I would want to listen to, anyway) that I’d heard in years. Maybe there’s a musical tipping point, when each new band inspires others, and suddenly there are far more great options. Regardless of the reason, it’s wonderful to see a Grammy field of new artists crowded with choices I’d like to see win. That’s a rarity.

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