Arthur, James - You Lyrics




Fighting, living, dying
For what?
For freedom?
That for which men have fought since time began, to be free

They've been making blanket statements, scaring everyone
They've been making you feel like you never did belong
Yeah, he said, and she said, yeah, they say a lot
So many things, they just think you forgot
Who you are, and what you do, and where you're coming from
I just thought I could remind you with a simple song
No bad body language can start to rub off
'Til we're choosing weapons and hatred, not love
Not you

You were in the wilderness, looking for your own purpose
Then you became a butterfly, a butterfly
I knew you always would
'Cause they were throwing sticks and stones
But words could never break your bones
You just spread your wings and fly, your wings and fly
I knew you always would
I knew you always were
I knew there always was nothing wrong with being
You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you

All you ever see on CNN are enemies
Telling you to lose your individuality
Look, do this and do that, 'til you've lost your way
'Til you need a vice or a means of escape
They want you to stare into your screen and see yourself
Blow smoke into your mirror 'til you're mentally unwell
So don't let them catch you with lies and deceit
They can't take your soul or desire for freedom (you)

You were in the wilderness, looking for your own purpose
And you became a butterfly, a butterfly
I knew you always would
'Cause they were throwing sticks and stones
But words could never break your bones
You just spread your wings and fly, your wings and fly
I knew you always would
I knew you always were
I knew there always was nothing wrong with being

Yeah, yeah
Who said I wanna be I'm gonna be
Everything they said I couldn't be
Everything that I said I would be
When I picked up a pen and I started to speak
I hear the beat, my melody
I just pour all of my heart in these sheets
I could not just be a star in the streets
Man, I knew I was different
I harboured belief

Nowhere to live, nothing to eat
You were so hungry that you couldn't sleep
You couldn't breathe, I couldn't be
All of this shit was happening to me
I would do drugs, I was a thief
Still on the run from the karma police
You were the mission that's given to me
By the powers that be. Man, there is a God

You were in the wilderness, looking for your own purpose
And you became a butterfly, a butterfly
I knew you always would

You were in the wilderness, looking for your own purpose
And you became a butterfly, a butterfly
I knew you always were
'Cause they were throwing sticks and stones (they were throwing stick and stones)
But words will never break your bones
You just spread your wings and fly, your wings and fly
I knew you always would
I knew you always were
I knew you always were
I know there always was nothing wrong with being you





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Arthur, James You Comments
  1. בן פריינד

    224,682 לייקים 1816 אנלייק אני נשוי לבילי אייליש

  2. hsymdnabsmh

    🔥 bruhh

  3. josipa kapetanovic

    Love this song 🦋, great drummer!

  4. Kaici

    Der Refrain erinnert mich richtig an „Waterfall“ 🤷🏻‍♀️😊

  5. chloe Buckle

    I love this song so much it's really good I didnt think James arthur could do a song that wasnt soft and sad but he really pulled through and it's good

  6. teddysphotos

    CNN is the worst.

  7. Marleny Perez

    James rapping 🤯🤯🤯 I Love it

  8. Nicolas Roques

    J🥰🥰🤑🤑😜😜

  9. Kawther Ammar

    This song is incredibly amazing ❤️❤️🌹🌹😍😍😍

  10. Tamimi Osmarani

    It’s so damn sweeeettt!love it damn much!

  11. Mamta Bhatane

    Honestly this song changed me.

  12. Sara Gibreel

    The quote at the beginning.. What's it from?

  13. ClipFlix

    6.2M Views? really? what's wrong with you people? such a beautiful song and so less views.

  14. Sruli Landerer

    Is it bruce speaking in the beginning?!

  15. Great Lyrics

    Am I the only one who got rap god vibes at start of this song.

  16. Reloved Eastbourne

    love this song and have so much respect for the man ,, keep up the amazing work james / from @relovedeastbourne

  17. Katherine Sanders

    If Y'all are just now figuring out he raps you haven't listened to his older albums .you definitely should!

  18. Jean Dubois

    Love it ❤️💯💯

  19. IOANNA GOUNARI

    This is one of the best songs I ever heard !
    Excellent work !🙏🙏GR 🇬🇷

  20. Khayriddin Alikulov

    Wooow he's done so well (I mean rap👏😄)

  21. Osman Hamid

    I thought it would get more views 😗

  22. RD GoFUN

    Is this one of the song in 'Freedom Child' album of The Script?? ?

    yah' it's NOT.

  23. Haikal Wentworth

    Lil arthur

  24. Georgie JA

    Such a talented man James is 😍❤️👌🦋

  25. Nixo :D

    This Song made me Strong 💪 🍀

  26. jmsolano0516

    The begining sounds like Rap God

  27. Jacqueline Gutmann

    Just started listening to James, digging his beat....!!!

  28. Nagesh Jani

    RESERVED BEFORE 1 BILLION VIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Claire Finlay

    I seen him last year and what an amazing night. ❤ his rapping. 🙂

  30. Lizzi Cairns

    What a song!!!!! 😍

  31. Georgie JA

    Most talented man EVER ❤️😍🦋

  32. Akif Haikal

    Anyone gonna talk about travis? No? Ok

  33. ॐĐ٭ GHOST

    {IRAQ}🇮🇶🖤

  34. ToRETo

    From iraq 🇮🇶🇮🇶

  35. R YTube

    Ref nya perfec James
    @jamesarthur

  36. Chimeremeze Anosike

    Definitely my song of the decade. ❤🧡💙💛💜💚

  37. Alina Volkanova

    Listening on repeat since I discovered it 3 months ago. Amazing song! One of my favorites. Actually, when I think about it, I love all of James's songs. True artist.

  38. Georgie JA

    James 😍❤️👌

  39. Georgie JA

    Phenomenal JA is the BEST ARTIST ON THIS EARTH 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️

  40. Annie

    Going to dublin on the second of March to see you and spend the weekend there. Got it for a Christmas present. Cant wait!!!

  41. Mahmoud Otri

    Epic !! Drums so freaking awesome

  42. Last King

    I Guess Lewis Capaldi🤣

  43. Ahmed Madyy98

    For a seconds i though it rap God

  44. Romualdo Situmorang

    Perfect collaboration ❤👌❤

  45. work off

    Travis is the best!

  46. Esther Uvalieva

    i don't even realise how deep this song is

  47. Biragala John

    card b : bodack yellow
    offset: clout
    James arthur : hold my guitar

  48. Iasmina Alexandra

    https://youtu.be/_m22snUjdfo please take a look at this song, it is in Romanian, it is for those who appreciate true music! *Dependența mea* means *My addiction* enjoy it! 😃✌

  49. Estella

    🇧🇷?

  50. Mariam K

    I didn't know he did the rap part. I thought It was a different person. His voice changed. Is he a robot? 👏🏻

  51. Stellar Black

    I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS SONG FOR ALMOST A MONTH AFTER HEARING IT ON TV

  52. Ervina Khairani

    Omg!! I very very like your music

  53. Alison Abraham

    God I want to marry this man!!

  54. A B

    I thank you for this song James Arthur!! Very very personal as though it was written for me...with the help of someone I love...."for you were the mission, given to me, by the powers that be"".....and just wondering if the female in the video does any "shadowboxing"......get a hold of me. God Bless you for your music and your message "as a simple reminder by this song" .....yep, I got it....this is for me.....xoxox Amy Bair

  55. Ali Mako

    The best song, best voice and best singer

  56. Juju Covers

    Well this shit been hitting different. ...I love it❤😖

  57. Bruna Laysa

    puta que pariu

  58. sia smile

    JA idol♡

  59. John F football

    The best forever james arthur♥

  60. Sawsan

    I'm so in love with this song and his voice

  61. Joyce Gomes Rangel

    Vindo dele só podia ser top💯🌹😍😍😍👏👏👏🤫🤔 maravilhoso

  62. dwicha naza

    all your songs are epic.

  63. Clara Vieira

    Que música!!!!!!

  64. Becca.LAGirl

    Thanks for making the bad guys beating up on the other guy Latino looking...and opening up with that...way to perpetuate stereotypes 🙄 Perhaps being white singers, you should have made the opening scene a white supremacist Nazi guy beating up a Jew, or someone of color...or kept the face hidden. You know..something that perpetuates a stereotype about you as white men. Love how irresponsible white media is with this shit.... oh, but when Latino stuff is making money, there’s everyone...clamoring to sing in Spanish, putting “day of the dead” shit in their videos, mentioning tequila and tacos, casting Latinas (ie Senorita, South of the Border), etc, etc. Greedy, irresponsible, unethical a-holes. 🤬 I’ve had it up to my ovaries with this shit. 👎🏼

  65. CJ Mattias

    Turns out he sold his soul after all

  66. Seyar Afg

    I feel good when i hear the song

  67. Laya R

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  68. Agus Begunk

    Fighting, living, dying
    For what? For freedom?
    That for which men have fought since time began, to be free

    They've been making blanket statements, scaring everyone
    They've been making you feel like you never did belong
    Yeah, he said, and she said, yeah, they say a lot
    So many things, they just think you forgot

    Who you are, and what you do, and where you're coming from
    I just thought I could remind you with a simple song
    No bad body language can start to rub off
    'Til we're choosing weapons and hatred, not love
    Not you

    You were in the wilderness
    Looking for your own purpose
    Then you became a butterfly, a butterfly
    I knew you always would
    'Cause they were throwing sticks and stones
    But words could never break your bones
    You just spread your wings and fly, your wings and fly
    I knew you always would
    I knew you always were
    I knew there always was nothing wrong with being
    You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you

    All you ever see on CNN are enemies
    Telling you to lose your individuality
    Look, do this and do that, 'til you've lost your way
    'Til you need a vice or a means of escape

    They want you to stare into your screen and see yourself
    Blow smoke into your mirror 'til you're mentally unwell
    So don't let them catch you with lies and deceit
    They can't take your soul or desire for freedom
    You

    You were in the wilderness
    Looking for your own purpose
    And you became a butterfly, a butterfly
    I knew you always would
    'Cause they were throwing sticks and stones
    But words could never break your bones
    You just spread your wings and fly, your wings and fly
    I knew you always would
    I knew you always were
    I knew there always was nothing wrong with being

    Yeah, yeah
    Who said I wanna be, I'm gonna be
    Everything they said that I couldn't be
    Everything that I said I would be, when I picked up a pen and I started to speak
    I hear the beat, my melody
    I just pour all my heart in these sheets
    I could not just be a star in these streets
    Man, I knew I was different, I harbored belief
    Nowhere to live, nothing to eat
    You were so hungry that you couldn't sleep
    You couldn't breathe, I couldn't be
    All of this shit was happening to me
    I would do drugs, I was a thief
    Still on the run from the karma police
    You were the mission that's given to me
    By the powers that be, man, there is a G-O-D?

    You were in the wilderness
    Looking for your own purpose
    And you became a butterfly, a butterfly
    I knew you always would

    You were in the wilderness
    Looking for your own purpose
    And you became a butterfly, a butterfly
    I knew you always were
    'Cause they were throwing sticks and stones (they were throwing sticks and stones)
    But words will never break your bones
    You just spread your wings and fly, your wings and fly
    I knew you always would
    I knew you always were
    Yeah, I knew you always were
    I know there always was nothing wrong with being
    You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you
    You, you, you, you, you, you, you, you

  69. Joviaa

    I think I have watched this like 50 times in a row with tears in my eyes. What a beautiful and strong song. Can’t remember when was the last time a song made me cry ... I love everything thing about it. The music the lyrics, the video, the emotions I feel listening to it ... Thank you for this great work. ❤️

  70. Rebecca helena

    Oh my fucking GOD JAMES RAP😍😍😍

  71. Yap Xiang

    Yungblud - original me : Somedays I wish I was anyone else.
    James Arthur - You : there's nothing wrong with being you

  72. IronclaD

    James arthur rapping is the best thing of this song

  73. نارين عبدالحليم حسن

    There he go again 😍😍😍💪

  74. YUSER HARITH

    James Arthur is the definition of underrated

  75. Mallu Kid

    1day this song will be 1b views (believer) mdl..

  76. يمني شامخ

    https://youtu.be/DtqGMWCBH3Y

  77. Maria Ν.

    i was watching his performance on the x factor final back in 2012.. and i said to myself why don't i search his name in yt to see where he has been all this time...i am speechless by this...wow

  78. Miraj Parmar

    I miss my grandmother who fight with my parents, to make me footballer, but she is now with me ,,,,,,,,,,god bless him 😩😩😩😩

  79. proud son

    james arthur and blake shelton would be a great collab

  80. Monika Skowera-Mneimneh

    You don’t disappoint, James boy.

  81. Klara Ajasllari

    Great song in all aspects,showing everybody’s struggle and motivating us to do better ...also u should rap more

  82. Elton Elton

    I knew there always was nothing wrong with being
    You

  83. no one special

    Underrated.

  84. ImLazy DontJudge

    I keep hearing
    "You are in the world of lust"
    Instead of
    "You are in the wilderness"

  85. Cristiana Diaconu

    I love you.. and this song... All you do I love... You do with your hart... Thank you for your songs and for your hart

  86. Adil Shaikh

    The most underrated song ever

  87. Senthilkumar K

    Wow. That rap blowed everything...
    Not to forget that's one of the rap that don't contain any
    Curse words...
    He has a divine voice....

    Marves Epps

    One word shit

  88. Leens Caroline

    James Arthur fazendo mais uma musica pra ser encaixada na trilha sonora da minha vida! Thanks for one more song! ♡

  89. usenbaeva elzada

    I love you James❤❤❤

  90. Guha guha

    I don't know why this great artists doesn't have fame😕!

  91. Franklyn Adipati

    The music, the lyric, and the story of the music video is the best package.. It's just like another side of James Arthur when he start to spit the rap part.. Damn this is lit !!!!

  92. Desi Aryani

    Pesonanya Travis 😍

  93. Shafa Salsabila

    best song 2019

  94. Fatimaa husni

    From indonesia ❤❤❣

  95. loveless kim

    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤🎵

  96. ali hadi

    Love the fast rap break awesome

  97. Pedro

    Am I the only one who came for Travis? Such a legend on the drums