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Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers

Got a little soul
The world is a cold, cold place to be
Want a little warmth
But who’s going to save a little warmth for me

We know the fire awaits unbelievers
All of the sinners the same
Girl you and I will die unbelievers bound to the tracks of the train

If you want it again, I know that the world will disagree
Want a little grace
But who's going to say a little grace for me

We know the fire awaits unbelievers
All of the sinners the same
Girl you and I will die unbelievers bound to the tracks of the train

I’m not excited
But should I be
Is this the fate that half of the world has planned for me?

I know I love you
And you love the sea
But what holy water contains a little drop little drop for me?

See the sun go down
It’s going on down when the night is deep
Want a little light but who’s going to save a little light for me?

We know the fire awaits unbelievers
All of the sinners the same
Girl you and I will die unbelievers bound to the tracks of the train

I’m not excited
But should I be
Is this the fate that half of the world has planned for me?

I know I love you
And you love the sea
But what holy water contains a little drop little drop for me?

I’m not excited
But should I be
Is this the fate that half of the world has planned for me?

I know I love you
And you love the sea
But what holy water contains a little drop little drop for me

"Unbelievers" is a song by American indie pop band Vampire Weekend. Written by the band's lead singer Ezra Koenig and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, and produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Batmanglij, the song was released as the third single from their third studio album "Modern Vampires of the City" in August 2013. The band initially premiered "Unbelievers" in a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 31, 2012. They also performed the song live on an episode of Saturday Night Live prior to it being released as a single. The song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, becoming the band's first top ten hit on the chart, and has also peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart and number 158 on the UK Singles Chart. Vampire Weekend debuted this song on July 12, 2012 at their show at the House of Blues in Cleveland, when it was tentatively titled "New Song No. 2." Four and a half months later, it was performed on the Halloween episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, now with its official title, "Unbelievers" with the band made up as skeletons. Lead singer Ezra Koenig told NME: "Even though that song has some heavy themes about trying to figure out your place in the world and what you believe in and how your beliefs affect your relationships to other people, we don't mind goofing off a little bit." Koenig explained the song's meaning to NME: "There's something very powerful about religious imagery," he said, "and I've always been very interested in various religions, whether it was the one I was raised in or ones that I experienced myself. I don't like to be dismissive in any way of religion. In some ways I feel very connected to it, some of the imagery in that song, talking about the fire, is something that I find powerful. Something that I started thinking about on the last record (was) how much I can't relate to any ways of thinking that divide the world into two distinct parts," he continued. "Whether that's atheism versus religion or Republican versus Democrat, there's all these false dichotomies in the world that can be very confusing when you're trying to make up your mind about how you feel about a situation. It's almost like a sports mentality, about being on one team or the other. That doesn't mean that I don't have my own deeply helf beliefs about things that I think are right or moral or true but - and it's only gotten worse as I've gotten older - I've always had this extreme dislike of these false choices that you're presented with, so in any situation I want to try to be open-minded and look for what you can learn from something. Even in that song, the idea of being an unbeliever can mean almost anything because everybody is an unbeliever to somebody else. It doesn't matter how fervently you believe in your faith, there's always going to be another faith that calls you an unbeliever. In any sort of multicultural society, it's something that people have to grapple with and figure out." Ezra Koenig told NME: "This came during a period where we hadn't written anything we were excited about, so it was a perfect moment. The lyrics and American-ness are new for us." Though Koenig and multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij found the writing for Modern Vampires hard work this song came relatively effortlessly. "Rostam and I were over at his apartment," the singer recalled to MTV News, "he started playing on his piano, I had my laptop, started writing lyrics, and within a couple of hours we had all the main parts. So that was easy."

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