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The Strokes - The Adults Are Talking

[Verse 1]
They've been sayin' you're sophisticated
They're complainin', overeducated
You are saying all the words I'm dreaming
Say it after me
Say it after me
They will blame us, crucify and shame us
We can't help it if we are a problem
We are tryin' hard to get your attention
I'm climbin' up your wall
Climbin' up your wall

Don't go there 'cause you'll never return
I know you think of me when you think of her
But then it don't make sense when you're trying hard
To do the right thing, but without recompense
And then you did something wrong and you said it was great
And now you don't know how you could ever complain
Because you're all confused 'cause you want me too
But then you want me to do it the same as you

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 2]
You were waitin' for the elevator
You were sayin' all the words I'm dreaming
No more askin', questions, or excuses
The information's here
Here and everywhere

“The Adults Are Talking” is the opening track on "The New Abnormal". The track takes on a rebellious tone against higher-ups in the world, a common theme in The Strokes' discography, with Julian singing about people in the business world lying, wanting to “climb into the walls” of those who don’t like the group and their attitudes. The track features a mostly bass-centric instrumental with very peppy snares drums providing the main percussion on the track. Julian sings in a more muffled tone than usual on the track as well, almost emulating that he is sneaking up on those he wants to rebel against, elevating his vocal volume over the track’s progression. The band premiered the song on the first night of their “global comeback” tour during their first show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, on Monday, May 13, 2019. The music video, directed by Roman Copolla was released on December 1, 2020.