alt-J - Last Year Lyrics




January came and took my heart away
February felt the same
March, my hugs became hold ons
April, I huffed like porridge on the boil
Morning May, I'm downwind from your shampoo
Ichi, ni, san, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, jyuu
June, I learned to count to ten in Japanese
Dry July, like wiping skin from my skull
Instead, I visited family
They told me I'm special
Hmm
Augustus came and stabilised me with my father's pain
Relieving drug, diazepam
Life floats away
October, I swam back for my birthday
Firework display in a cafeteria of my old school
Happier in my cold, black sleep in my cold, deep bed
December, you sang at my funeral

If it's depths to your rivers, I've picked one for you
Oh, greedy with Ss but equalled by Is
If it's stones for your pockets, I've collected a few
To hold you down
To hold you down

Mississippi, come back to me
Oh, Mississippi, your cold, black sleep
Oh, Mississippi
Oh, oh, oh

Mississippi, come back to me
Come, Mississippi from your cold black sleep
Oh, Mississippi
Hmm
Hmm





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  1. Natalia I.

    It reminds me so much of Jeff Buckley's life and death, his father, drowning in Mississippi and all...

  2. Jan West-Hamilton

    Good music for films and a writing playlist of mine. If you're interested, checkout Untold Stories: The Young Emperor on Wattpad by JanIparisWest!

  3. Pizza Panda Niedorajda

    i always cry, whenever i listen to this song, this soooo beautiful

  4. Joy Dube-Ruwodo

    i don't think there's a voice more peaceful than Marika's

  5. Fiov Giore

    Sono in trans!

  6. egg egg

    The lyrics of this are haunting

  7. Rhythm Saluja

    January came and took my heart away
    February felt the same
    March, my hugs became hold ons
    April, I huffed like porridge on the boil
    Morning May, I'm downwind from your shampoo
    Ichi, ni, san, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, jyuu
    June, I learned to count to ten in Japanese
    Dry July, like wiping skin from my skull
    Instead, I visited family
    They told me I'm special
    Hmm
    Augustus came and stabilised me with my father's pain
    Relieving drug, diazepam
    Life floats away
    October, I swam back for my birthday
    Firework display in a cafeteria of my old school
    Happier in my cold, black sleep in my cold, deep bed
    December, you sang at my funeral
    If it's depths to your rivers, I've picked one for you
    Oh, greedy with Ss but equalled by Is
    If it's stones for your pockets, I've collected a few
    To hold you down
    To hold you down
    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi, your cold, black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi
    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi from your cold black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi

  8. เซจ้อย

    im a fans of alt j since breezeblocks . when the 2nd came out it's quite difference but for the third album,,,, plsss who gnna listening to these too much indy.

  9. Richard Baxter

    Reminds me of those classic Robert Frost poems

  10. Heike Bohrer

    January came and took my heart away
    February felt the same
    March, my hugs became hold ons
    April, I huffed like porridge on the boil
    Morning May, I'm downwind from your shampoo
    Ichi, ni, san, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, jyuu
    June, I learned to count to ten in Japanese
    Dry July, like wiping skin from my skull
    Instead, I visited family
    They told me I'm special
    Hmm
    Augustus came and stabilised me with my father's pain
    Relieving drug, diazepam
    Life floats away
    October, I swam back for my birthday
    Firework display in a cafeteria of my old school
    Happier in my cold, black sleep in my cold, deep bed
    December, you sang at my funeral

    If it's depths to your rivers, I've picked one for you
    Oh, greedy with Ss but equalled by Is
    If it's stones for your pockets, I've collected a few
    To hold you down
    To hold you down

    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi, your cold, black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi

    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi from your cold black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi

  11. FutureCultLeader

    Should have been an entirely different song from 3:13 onwards, it deserves it's own space on the list.

  12. Hannah Pickard

    I did a cover of this beautiful song on my channel (obvs no where near as good as the original because I think that's impossible!) Defo the most angelic piece of music to come out in the past 13 months!!

  13. pauloarthur

    this is honestly the best fucking thing of human history.

  14. Robin de Clerck

    addicted

  15. Apolline Saint-andre

    Love u guys

  16. Victoria Lorek

    I sang this song (the part starting at 03:15) at my dad's funeral last year. It still hurts so much and I still love it so much at the same time.

    NEIGHT nEIGHT

    Embracing emotions, daring to inhabit those feels - is far more healthy than burying your humanity. Sorry for the loss, cheers for being an example to others

  17. AREASONTODIEFOR

    It's so sad :(

  18. Jennifer Tran

    tell me about your first love

    and first heartbreak

  19. Mariana

    bloody love this!!

  20. Reeve Coble

    Any other bassoonists?? :)

  21. dj technoman

    LOVE the second part of this song!

  22. Eden Stahr

    April I learned to count to ten in Japanese :)

  23. Zaven Karafelyan

    Night z.

  24. car olina

    i cry every time

  25. S. Hazal Dönmez

    I really love you guys a lot and I really appreciate your music. Thank you

  26. Fellype Nascimento

    This is the most beautiful masterpiece of the human kind

  27. Auto

    You know it’s good when the lyrics on genius.com say “bassoon solo”.

  28. Katie Kabel

    This song, everything about it, puts me in a meditative state. I can listen to it on repeat, Marika's verse absolutely captivates me. Alt-J, you really outdid yourselves with this masterpiece.

  29. Mark O'Reilly

    why does the bassoon wreck me

  30. Marysia Jabłkowska

    January came and took my heart away
    February felt the same
    March, my hugs became hold ons
    April, I huffed like porridge on the boil
    Morning May, I'm downwind from your shampoo
    Ichi, ni, san, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, jyuu
    June, I learned to count to ten in Japanese
    Dry July, like wiping skin from my skull
    Instead, I visited family
    They told me I'm special
    Hmm
    Augustus came and stabilised me with my father's pain
    Relieving drug, diazepam
    Life floats away
    October, I swam back for my birthday
    Firework display in a cafeteria of my old school
    Happier in my cold, black sleep in my cold, deep bed
    December, you sang at my funeral
    If it's depths to your rivers, I've picked one for you
    Oh, greedy with Ss but equalled by Is
    If it's stones for your pockets, I've collected a few
    To hold you down
    To hold you down
    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi, your cold, black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi
    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi from your cold black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi

  31. Marah Rose

    Is that Birdy?

  32. attic in the universe

    Marika Hackman is just the icing on the cake in this song. Their voices combined together are so warm.

  33. 21ArcticM79RomancePanic! Fall out

    When I listen to this I feel like life is really worth living... So happy for this new album

  34. Dj Rwslo

    esto es arte <3

  35. Conor McKee

    What a track!!

  36. Darth Azog

    So relaxing.... good album name boys.

  37. Jasmine SiMing

    △ HEADS UP ALT-J FANS △
    Is Alt-J your favorite band ever? Would you like to test how well you know their music? Would you also like to get one free ticket for Alt J’s concert in Paris in January 11th, 2018? (I just got two tickets for my birthday and none of my friends love Alt-J enough to deserve to go with me)
    Well if you’re interested in any of that, you can try to resolve this enigma. Find the videos and put the numbers in the right order following the clues. The clue for the very first song is: Trained to kill…
    Be warned, beloved Alt-J fans ! You’ll be tested on how well you know the band…
    The songs for finding the numbers are all from Alt-J’s official channel, except for one. If you know Alt-J enough, you’ll understand when you read the clue in question…

    Last Year
    This song’s attached number is: 3
    Next video: Produced by Division Paris

  38. Ivo Ferreira

    Love the music, but it just annoys me the missing number 4, everytime i hear them skipping it my eye twitchs a little.

    Randy H.

    Ivo Ferreira what do you mean?

  39. pumpurumpampam

    This song is so beautiful

  40. Edson Ferreira

    i cried...

  41. Evan 86 Levin

    excellent!

  42. Kristel Villalobos

    So much beauty ♥

  43. Dan Thompson

    "The three can be four.",dan'

  44. Dan Thompson

    "The united states builds a canal from the mississippi river to the grand canyon to make a swimming pool.",dan'

  45. Katie McKenzie

    the best song on the album! i cry every time......

  46. Ned Longdon

    "Instead I visited family, they told me I'm special" that line gets me every time. idk why

    Rebellious Intuition

    Ned Longdon me too... my birthday is in July as well so that part was very touching

    Matheus Bruno

    To me is because my family never said that I was special to them

  47. Timothy Enard

    1235678910

  48. Ned Longdon

    Is this about a school-shooter? The first half of thr year he's sounding all depressed, then in the later months he says "firework display in my old school cafeteria", which sounds like it could be a softened term for a shooting. Then it talks about his funeral, so he could've possibly been killed in a shootout or taken his own life? Alt-J are simply indecipherable, and I love them

  49. EmergeVS

    this sounds like it could be in a good sad movie

  50. Viktorija Blagodarenko

    pure geniuses, can't wait to see you in Lithuania. and I NEVER go to live performances.

  51. Mantis Toboggan

    Great song. Love em. lately I have been skipping to 3:15... soul wrenching

  52. Nana Lang

    cant stop listening to this...

  53. David Wharton

    I need a loop of mississipi please <3

  54. Aj Moreno

    This is seriously fucking beautiful being high and drunk!

  55. Lan Sones

    In my mind I imagine a live version of this song

  56. throughmyeyes

    Marika kills on this track. my favorite part of the album.

  57. Rai Chu

    dude is that actually an English horn

    I can't believe I am just now getting into this artist, soooooo good

  58. Cassy Vanderver

    This is hauntingly beautiful.

  59. turboflyersouth

    I need some wine to go with this song.

  60. Oliver William Quinn

    To be honest, the lyrics of this album realy sucks... except of 3WW

  61. Naylikeh

    It's so nostalgic.. Shit gives me the feels.. What these guys do is dope

  62. Lorenzo Farace

    LSD
    Osamu Sato

  63. Filippo Sertoli

    What about September & November? Lol

  64. Cosmic Donkey

    This band makes me sad in a happy way.

  65. ChillOuterka

    All my year in this song. Amazing.

  66. carolix

    what about november?

  67. TheMrVillain

    Is she the singer from Warm Foothills?

  68. Diving Deep

    IS THIS BIRDY OR WHAT

    Thai McGill

    Teenage Exorcist its Marika Hackman. Shes just released a new album you shiuld check it out :)

  69. Paris Simpson

    This dichotomy is heavenly.

  70. pedrokz

    My favorite song from the album

  71. Jane Kafka

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  72. Kirstyn Vanderhaeghen

    Song Lyrics: Last Year

    [Verse 1: Joe Newman]
    January came and took my heart away
    February felt the same
    March, my hugs became hold ons
    April, I huffed like porridge on the boil
    Morning May, I'm downwind from your shampoo
    Ichi, ni, san, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, jyuu
    June, I learned to count to ten in Japanese
    Dry July, like wiping skin from my skull
    Instead, I visit family
    They told me I'm special
    Hmm
    Augustus came and stabilised me with my father's pain
    Relieving drug, diazepam
    Life floats away
    October, I swam back for my birthday
    Firework display in a cafeteria of my old school
    Happier my coal-black sleep in my cold, deep bed
    December, you sang at my funeral

    [Verse 2: Marika Hackman]
    If it's depths to your rivers, I've picked one for you
    Oh, greedy with Ss but equalled by Is
    If it's stones for your pockets, I've collected a few
    To hold you down
    To hold you down

    [Refrain: Marika Hackman]
    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi, your coal-black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi

    [Refrain: Joe Newman and Marika Hackman]
    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi from your cold black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi

  73. dylan andrew

    Can someone tell me who the female singer is?

    Jonah Wilgus

    Marika Hackman, the same singer on Warm Foothills

  74. watanabe mateus

    Fiz o curso da FDO gostei muito!! só uma dica

  75. Ciara Lynn

    i just googled and found out that the singer in the end is ellie rowsell and i'm sooo happy!!! i love wolf Alice and i love alt-j omg

    Jonah Wilgus

    The singer in this song in Marika Hackman. Ellie Rowsell sings in 3WW and her vocals are sampled in Deadcrush.

  76. Bathim 08

    this female voice make this song a f**king masterpiece <3

  77. William Cole

    This is my favorite song on the record. SO BEAUTIFUL. Is that a girl singing in the second half or no?

  78. Matthew Harwood

    He's no Bruno Mindhorn

  79. Sleepy Gonzales

    How would one achieve this dual vocal mix?????

  80. watanabe mateus

    oh, fiz um curos na FDOAposentados, top gostei de mais. fica dika!!!

  81. Anyone's Guess

    This one, In Cold Blood, Rising Sun and Adeline are the best ones on the record.

  82. Gabriele Rocha

    Como é gostoso ouvir Alt-J ❤️🇧🇷 voltem para o Brasil logo

  83. Ian Clark

    What instrument is that starting at @4:30 ?

    mimesis

    Possibly a clarinet, or maybe a cornet?

  84. Raniero Lino Marchetti

    Can someone please explain me the lyrics?

  85. mimesis

    This song makes politics seem tolerable, and that's really saying something these days.

  86. Agats Company

    Great lyrics man. It's hard to find such poetry in music these days.

  87. Norah

    Gus Unger-Hamilton of alt-J about Last Year in an interview with IndieShuffle:

    "Marika’s part is another a song within a song. The first part, where Joe is singing, is someone reading sort of literally of this decline and depression and death over the course of a year. And the final line is “to be sang at my funeral,” which leads into this person singing at his funeral.

    It’s a very, very sad song. It was the last song to be added to the album. It was one that was written at Christmas. Joe was talking to me about it and like, “Yeah, it’s really, really, really sad. I’m not sure I can show it to anybody, it’s depressing.” But it’s a beautiful song, so we put it on the album."

  88. Kilian Madouas

    Who is the female singer?

  89. mattem

    soothing

  90. Embo

    Mississipi come back to me

  91. aurian rt

    3:14......
    If it's depths to your rivers, I've picked one for you
    Oh, greedy with Ss but equalled by Is
    If it's stones for your pockets, I've collected a few
    To hold you down
    To hold you down

    Mississippi, come back to me
    Oh, Mississippi, your cold, black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi
    Oh, oh, oh

    Mississippi, come back to me
    Come, Mississippi from your cold black sleep
    Oh, Mississippi
    Hmm
    Hmm