Song of the Day #2,898: ‘7 Years’ – Lukas Graham

lukas_graham_7_yearsI usually know what to expect from these Billboard Hot 100 selections. I might not be familiar with Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ but I have a pretty good idea going in what I’m going to get.

Sometimes, though, I’m completely in the dark until I hit play on the YouTube video. Those are the most exciting Songs of the Day, because for a brief moment I live in a moment where I might be about to hear something extraordinary. Or something shitty. It’s Schrodinger’s Cat for music lovers.

Such is the case with Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years.’ Looking at the lyrics and the single’s cover, I imagine this could be a plaintive, nostalgic acoustic ditty. But maybe it’s an acoustic ditty played over a techno beat. Or maybe it’s ironic heavy metal.

The fact that it’s in the Top Ten (at #6) leads me to believe it’s somewhat fast and beat-driven, like most songs that chart. But sometimes a gentler track sneaks in.

But enough guessing. Let’s give it a listen.

Well, it’s pretty slow and not at all beat driven. A gentle, mid-tempo ballad. Also pretty lame, I’m sorry to say. Not seeing the appeal of this one.

[Chorus 1]
Once I was seven years old my momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

[Verse 1]
It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure

[Chorus 2]
Once I was eleven years old my daddy told me
Go get yourself a wife or you’ll be lonely
Once I was eleven years old

[Verse 2]
I always had that dream like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
Cause only those I really love will ever really know me

[Chorus 3]
Once I was 20 years old, my story got told
Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
Once I was 20 years old

(Lukas Graham!!!)

[Verse 3]
I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major
I got my boys with me at least those in favor
And if we don’t meet before I leave, I hope I’ll see you later

[Chorus 4]
Once I was 20 years old, my story got told
I was writing about everything, I saw before me
Once I was 20 years old
Soon we’ll be 30 years old, our songs have been sold
We’ve traveled around the world and we’re still roaming
Soon we’ll be 30 years old

[Verse 4]
I’m still learning about life
My woman brought children for me
So I can sing them all my songs
And I can tell them stories
Most of my boys are with me
Some are still out seeking glory
And some I had to leave behind
My brother I’m still sorry

[Bridge]
Soon I’ll be 60 years old, my daddy got 61
Remember life and then your life becomes a better one
I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once
I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month

[Chorus 5]
Soon I’ll be 60 years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
Soon I’ll be 60 years old
Soon I’ll be 60 years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can hold me
Soon I’ll be 60 years old

[Chorus 1 recap]
Once I was seven years old, my momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

Once I was seven years old

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8 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,898: ‘7 Years’ – Lukas Graham

  1. Dana says:

    Wow, have you missed the boat on this one!

    Our family adores this song and it rarely plays without at least one of us getting misty eyed. Of course, it particularly hits home for me as Lukas’ father died young (at 61), touched on briefly here, but more so on other songs on the album.

    Lukas’ style and influence seems to draw from Ed Sheeran and fun (the band). I suggest you give another listen. I would be surprised if this didn’t grow on you upon repeat listening.

  2. Amy says:

    You’ve never heard this song before!! Wow. I’m with Dana on this one. This is a special song.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Clay, you’ve done it. You’ve forced me to comment. I can not stand idly by as my uncle who I usually go to to reaffirm my music beliefs has called one of my favorite songs of the year lame. Though I can’t say I’m surprised due to you’re not being too keen on artist such as Ed Sheeran or James Taylor this beautiful ballad differs from those. I will say that I too didn’t initially understand the appeal before really digging into the lyrics. I thought this was just another song using music to make it sound like it was profound when in reality not much was getting said. However, after listening to the lyrics and the rest of the album I see what deep meaning lays within these lyrics and how special it really is. Lukas Graham goes seamlessly from talking about his father’s loss and to friends that he’s lost all with the goal of writing a song about how precious life truly is and how every moment is worth living. He does this even more so by going through life in the course of a radio hit length song showing how fast it can truly go by. Of all the radio junk that we hear every day this one has stood out as a jem and honesty has restored my faith in popular music. That a songwriter with good music and lyrics can compete with all the whimsical sounds a DJ table can make.

  4. Clay says:

    Wow, didn’t expect so much controversy over this one! I’ll have to give it a more careful listen given the enthusiasm exhibited here. πŸ™‚

  5. Peg says:

    I had to listen to this after reading all the comments (especially Daniel’s) and I think the lyrics are poignant and the message is special. Also I liked the music and I understood every single word which is something I can’t always experience in a lot of music (except Frank’s of course) πŸ˜‰

  6. Clay says:

    Funny… in the car tonight, I asked my family (with no context) if they knew this song. I was met with three groans, and from Fiona, “Unfortunately, yes.”

  7. Peg says:

    Too funny!

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