Azealia Banks - Barely Legal Lyrics




I didn't take no shortcuts
I spent the money that I saved up
Oh, Momma running out of luck
Like my sister, don't give a fuck

I wanna steal your innocence
To me, my life, it just don't make sense
Those strange manners, but I loved 'em so
"Why won't you wear your new trench coat?"

I just want to turn you down
I just want to turn you around
Oh, you ain't never had nothin' I wanted, but...
I want it all
I just can't figure out...
Nothing

And all together it went well
We made pretend we were best friends
Then she said, "Oh, you're a freak"
"They ordered me to make mistakes"
Together again, like the beginning
It all works somehow in the end
The things we did, the things you hide
For the record it's between you and I

Oh, I didn't take no shortcuts
I spent the money that I saved up
Oh, Momma running out of luck
Like my sister, don't give a fuck

I wanna steal your innocence
To me my life, it just don't make any sense
Those strange manners, but I loved 'em so
"Why won't you wear your new trench coat?"

I just want to misbehave
I just want to be your slave
Oh, you ain't never had nothing I wanted, but...
I want it all
I just can't figure out...
Nothing

And all together it went well
We made pretend we were best friends
Then she said, "Oh, I can wait"
They ordered me to make mistakes
Together again like the beginning
It all works somehow in the end
The things we did, the things you hide
And for the record, it's just between you and I





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  1. tommyheavy2715

    you just destroy one of the best songs of the strokes, with what need?

  2. Olivia Rose

    This was a purer time

  3. xheo

    What the hell is this WHYY

  4. 陈雨菲

    I’m sorry WHAT?

  5. Israel Perez

    Hey kudos to her. In the industry we call this "a twist"

  6. The Naut

    tbh, I don't think this is amazing but it's not terrible

  7. cullen

    had no idea this was a cover at first. it goes without saying but although she’s a problematic figure u cannot deny she has talent. i predict that once she decides to end her career/once she passes her work will find the appreciation it rightly deserves.

  8. A Lurker

    If we're being completely honest with ourselves and not relying on nostalgia, this version is 100x better than the original. Period.

  9. Rafael Bertoldo Channel

    What a freaking good cover :) azealia is awesome 🌙

  10. Dane

    YASS QUEEN SLAYYY💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿💄💋

  11. Mikey Oto

    This is the original to me as I don't know the other song... *SUE ME*

  12. Fernanda Martins

    nothing against her but she put no feeling into the song, sound like the lyrics have another meaning even though they are the same from the original

  13. Marvin Carrillo

    love how all the comments are trying to defend her when i don’t see hardly any negative comments lmfao. the vocals are good but i really don’t enjoy the beat at all, original sounds a million times better but everyone has their own opinion and taste in music

  14. spaceinbetween

    Sounds like Disclosure haha. Does Azealia produce?

    cmcc

    spaceinbetween she does but I don’t think she did this

  15. Aunestly Beautiful

    not sure why this is my first time hearing this and I've been a fan since 2012

  16. Gilberto Gomez

    Autune much another ruined cover of a great band shm#stopruinimggoodsongs

  17. forrestdivine

    Shooketh.

  18. Trevor black

    I’m a huge fan of both and honestly this is such a good fucking cover

  19. David Gonzalez

    Garbage.

  20. Tory Locust

    I won't take no short cuts and I will figure it out.

  21. 10199ULTRAMATIC

    This is the equivalent of hip hop songs turned into terrible acoustic guitar songs.

  22. Erick Martinez

    Sounds like a Pokemon remake lol

  23. Cole

    The Strokes fans can stay mad and bitter. This cover is a bop!

  24. A Potato

    This is one of the most polarising comment sections i've ever seen

  25. Dave Montez

    I looooove it. Have been loving this version since it came out ♥ I love you Azealia! You're a freak but me too so fuck it!! we're all freaks anyway!

  26. sagrario ramirez

    Suena terrible. 👎🏻

  27. le ah

    She is so talented

  28. Josh Brown

    cant turn off

  29. Marsha Mailander

    azealia banks is massive fan of the strokes stfu

  30. Kodi

    Sounds off big time

  31. Psycho Candy

    I like the Strokes version, but this is lit

  32. KORI KAT

    I love thisssssss😍😍😍😍😍

  33. BGM Live!

    This isn't that bad, but you people saying this is better than the Strokes are smokin some dope.

  34. Biran Wiener

    Had to see it to believe it. Now this is some quality shit music. It sounds like overproduced garbage that only a pleb could get into.

    jaime

    you sound really ignorant. good luck with that

  35. Clorox

    this is a buged version of barely legal

  36. Steve Cory

    Huh, at least there was an attempt...

  37. Lu Lu

    This song just brings back memories, I love it so much!

  38. The Love Supreme Queen

    This is my fave AB song right after 1991.

  39. Chandler Newman

    Rlly funny how this isnt even azealia bank's original song and she done slayed everyone's entire existence including the person that originally made this song

    Franvjsci sjw

    No. Just no

    dirty towel

    Bitch stop you doing to much

  40. jukaa1012

    she didn't ruin it, she actually can't even touch it, its bad, and her music is bad but thats just the way it is, people can still enjoy it I guess

  41. Peachmoms

    What the heck this is so cute!!

  42. ChrisAzalea666

    I hate azealia banks but I like this better than the original

  43. SleepySaiken

    How can anyone think bad? I just don't understand....

    angus

    Perodot_The _Hipster great singing doesn't equal good song. she completely changed the tone of the song and added so many synths. it just sounds boring as hell to me.

  44. Lucie CZ

    i like it ;)

  45. Wanda George

    This beat yasss, she slayed!

  46. Mister Whitty

    I love the band but she puts the lyrics front and center in her version with that island beat. one of my favorite Banks moments

  47. Azora Jai

    You guys realize she's a huge fan of The Strokes too and she just had fun singing it in her own way right? Just because she's famous doesn't mean she ruined it..

  48. Kev E on

    She's an Awesome Musician

  49. Chill Chill Not Chill

    kill me

  50. Chill Chill Not Chill

    obvious troll is obvious?

  51. Saul Torres

    Cancer 💀🔫

  52. Ed Ludford

    jfc what a load of utter shit

  53. havanur kan

    Nope 🚶🏿🚶🏿

  54. kalena

    this actually makes me wanna die im sorry

    JoZiE

    Bye 🙋

    Jenathen T

    ok then die lol

    Chancimus Prime

    kalena 👋 👋

    françois cavallier

    great, so only people with taste will be alive

    giovanni.

    kalena haters. guess your dead then

  55. Nas Holston

    I like both versions. Sue me lol

    Lia

    Nas I'll take you up on that jk 😂

    BOBSAGET1010

    I mean i would say fuck u for it but hey man people can like whatever they want

  56. Bunny Savior

    I can pop my pussy to this no doubt

  57. Moon Yeah

    Better than original :)

    Moon Yeah

    +Azora Jai hum ?

    Josselyn C

    Obviously No!

    Marvin Carrillo

    yeah absolutely not

    Franvjsci sjw

    Please no

  58. Papermoon

    This needs to be in Fantasea 2

    Dave Montez

    Also, there is a cover of Slow Hands by Interpol which is fucking gooooooooooooooooooooood just like this one

  59. Izabella Piziolo

    my favourtie band is the strokeS but.... THIS FUCKING COVER .... JESSSUSUUSUSUSUSSUUSUS.... I LOVED!

  60. felicity pena

    Throws up *

  61. femellealien

    hop off my bitch clit! Why so pressed?

  62. Gregory Williams

    Love the cover.....and the haters. The more awesome a person actually is at something, the more people tend to hate just to feel and sound adequately correct. Dream on while she sings on. Her twist on this is energetic.

    Noious Adonis

    TRUEEE LMAOOOO

    jukaa1012

    LLMMMAAAAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    sREUDIAN fLIP

    True LMAAAAAOOOOOOOO Truer FAKS HV nevahhh BENN spokethhh LMAO-ingz FR FR!



    this is why *Donald Trump, Gaddafi, Hitler, Stalin, Obama, Bush Jr., The Unabomber, David Cage, Uwe Boll, MGK, Pedophile priest, the guy that put Anthrax in mailboxes, the guy who cut you in traffic this morning* was awesome! TRUUUUUE ...

  63. Angel MalVida

    i fucking HATE this cover, this is my favorite strokes song.. :c

    angus

    Bob Duncan great argument bud. way to go say that to everyone who disliked her cover

    Noious Adonis

    @King Angelo Studios go listen to the original pal

    angus

    @Bob Duncan i have, and it's way better than this lifeless, overproduced cover that's only given recognition because she has good vocals

    Noious Adonis

    @King Angelo Studios keep on listening to the original friend !! focus on what you like and not a cover you dislike ^_^

    angus

    @Bob Duncan oh trust me i listen to the original like it's a religion

  64. ednabrewerfreak

    I LOVE HER VERSION OF THIS GODDAMN

  65. ChipSkylark VEVO

    I love the strokes and azealia banks, but I like the original better.

  66. Taylor Mals

    I am like the biggest strokes fan ever and I love this but I also love Azealia so

  67. asseater007

    GOD DAMMIT AZEALIA I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU AND YOU JUST DISRESPECTED THEM LIKE THAT!!!???? THE FUCK WAS THIS?????

  68. cheapstixxx

    ruined it, completely ruined the original. smh.

  69. tahnaiya russell

    Love this. Has a nice vibe.

  70. LW A

    this is so fucking good

  71. giovana macedo

    i'm a huge fan of the strokes but i think azealia did a pretty amazing job right here :) good vocals, and a very nice smooth new rythm for the song! 

    Not A Virgin Yet

    @devin mcgee  LOL, I'm sorry you can't stand the littlest of comments.

    Devin M

    @Banana Hero oh i can, and I responded as I felt necessary, thanks and goodbye

    Not A Virgin Yet

    See, now the best solution is to just ignore my comments cause you truly show you care by responding.

    lamuar smith

    Lol at this whole thing

    Lunie Royale

    giovana macedo agreed

  72. Jesus Lugo

    The original song is so borin why ya so mad? 

    PC Disciple

    @Jesus Lugo 0/10 opinion

    change it no matter

    This is better than the original. I stand by my opinion. Kiss my twat if you wanna come @ me.

    JoZiE

    Ikr it's boring asf

    JoZiE

    asseater007 please stop breathing

    Laz Guy

    Jesus Lugo how is it boring? It has great guitar work, a amazing bass line, very good drums, and Julian Casablancas voice, which is awesome

  73. Daniel Mills

    Why is that when ppl do acoustic guitar coffeeshop covers of classic hip hop tracks no one gets mad, but this is considered 'the end of music' its just a song. Listen of you want or not. Don't cry about it

    The Love Supreme Queen

    preach x2

    sREUDIAN fLIP

    People do acoustic guitar coffeeshop covers of classical hip-hop? I didn't know that, that sounds great.

    Well to TRY to answer your question, i would say it lies on the staggering difference between Hip Hop & Rock Music.

    The former showcasing a latent abillity in poetry, story-telling, puns and wordplay. While the later is a guitar-oriented genre, MOST people tune in to hear the riffs, the licks, the raw distortion and the solos. While both takes much dedication to reach it's upper echelons and their both under the Music umbrella term, they're different types of talent & virtuosos.

    So knowing that and knowing the limited capacity of an acoustic setting, it kinda makes sense for the people coming from the original ROCK artist side to see it as a downgrade of some sorts. People from the rap side won't mind as much, because their highlight of bread and butter, their *Poetry & Rhythm* is still there at present.

    It's kinda like covering a classic Hip Hop track but only making it instrumental with no emcee on the mic'. Also to wit, the Rock/Metal demographic are notorious for their anti-pop or anti-mainstream sentiment. So seeing someone like Justin Bieber and Azealia Banks (while not TOTALLY mainstream, she's still pop) can be a point of contention amongst the vocal MINORITY.

    Also factor in that Azealia is not exactly the epicenter of a wholesome person, she's rude, abrasive and quite frankly an asshole. I know some people that just means she's a "no-bullshit" person but you need a bit class to be considered a straight-forward individual. She just seems like she's angry at the world for not seeing her talents. While she's a talented person it's hard to seperate sometimes between her talents and her offensive outburst. The Talented Artist and the Spoiled Diva.

  74. sherissa go

    okay what.

  75. chasiebae

    I love this version so much & I respect Azealia for going out of her usual genre. It's so amazing. & What a bad bitch for paying tribute to the Strokes!! xx Azealia forever

  76. S K

    She did such a great job on this cover.. Love the Interpol one, too

  77. Kelli Clark

    I definitely love this so much. It's really cool to see artists add their own little twist to things. I respect that. Her voice is beautiful too!!

  78. Amy Wallace

    wtf is this shit cannot believe my ears this is the worst thing i have ever heard. this actually physically hurt me.

    Noious Adonis

    hopefully it left you in the hospital goodbye

  79. GFRIEND FOREVER

    i listen to this everyday i really like this

  80. Mark Pereira

    Its really nice! Stop fucking talking shit, she got a nice voice and this is really great.

    asseater007

    Have u heard the original

    Mark Pereira

    @eatanentireass obvious

    asseater007

    Clearly not obvious because if u did you'd know the orginial>>>>>this. This song is supposed to be sung with more emotion, I love Azealia, just not this cover

    Mark Pereira

    @eatanentireass Don't spread your shit on the internet. I listened to the original, I know that the original is MUCH BETTER, but it doesn't make this version worstier ;) If you don't like it, it's your FUCKIN' own problem, not mine. I just told that I like her vision of the song. If you don't, let your comment too, but don't you dare to say that I didn't even listened to the original song, when I did. I don't even said that I prefer this version, I just said that I like it.

  81. Danira Ledesma

    Ohhhhhhh noooooo! My ears! 

  82. Silvia Saucedo

    OH MY GOD WHAT THAT FUCK IS THIS
    WHY WOULD YOU EVEN DO THIS TO THE STROKES? 
    WTF I CANT EVEN *FACEPALM* 

  83. nnethek yith

    For real for real, most of these people who BASH this song are timid bigots.

    nnethek yith

    @Gabriela Villarroel I'm asking you this because there a rappers who can't sing a lick so when they do a singing portion of a song they use AUTOTUNE, which is VERY annoying to me. But Azealia banks CAN sing VERY WELL actually. I will recommend ONE more cover she did by Interpol the band. She did it WITHOUT auto tune and it was VERY good. But if you can REALLY listen to it and give me your opinion on that. Then I'll fall off and we'll end this here.

    Gabriela Villarroel

    How to Save a life is cool. And it is kind of a pop song, and I have heard some covers that are not that bad... But I think you understand my point. Barely legal is one of my favorite songs of all time, and all of these production, plus her weird auto-tuned voice, seems to overshadow, as you said, the lyrics and its whole sense... 
    And about the Slow Hands cover Azealia made is not bad... I mean, It feels weird, but it's just because I am in love with the original version of the song. But that is understandable, have you ever heard Wish you were here, by Pink Floyd? Bet you have. The thing is, there is a cover that Scissor Sisters made of that song, that is a complete disaster! Eventhough the band is great, they fucked up... So what I'm trying to say is, I will stay with the original... but it wasn't as bad as the Barely Legal cover.

    nnethek yith

    Yeah I love that song, that's a really touchy feel song too- I totally get the point you're trying to make now lol. My bad for being a jerk :/

    nnethek yith

    @Gabriela Villarroel BTW have you ever heard of this artist named James Blake from the UK, I actually discovered him like 4 weeks ago, idk if he's you're type but I think you might like these two songs called Overgrown and Retrograde, if anything look at OVERGROWN. that song is SOOO deep lol

    sREUDIAN fLIP

    This OP is racist, pretty sure people would hate this song would hate it regardless of her color. And how in the world NOT loving this cover makes someone a bigot?

  84. Anchovy Fishtano

    Nice that she likes the strokes but this cover is lifeless, and the production sounds like the boss battle of a Super Smash Bros. Game. Julian's lyrics work well because of his articulation of certain words and raspy croon. This is just bleh, no emotion

  85. Kitty Wooz

    wtf lol

  86. Leigh Whitaker

    the strokes are my favorite band and i still love this cover some of y'all need to chill

  87. Tay

    Why is this so fucking good? Azealia should do more covers of old songs and make them sound as modern and fun as this. 

    asseater007

    nOOOO PLEASE GOD. NO. NO GOD NO. NOOOOOOOO

    Sedrick Jeanne

    +eatanentireass Michael Scott?!?!?

    Ruben Chico

    taykh "old"? this song is barely 10 years old

    Trace Kelly

    Ruben Chico exactly

  88. Simon

    lol this is a fucking joke.

    JoZiE

    Simon like you? *scratches head*

  89. Joey Quijada

    I doubt Julian Ok'd this.

    Noious Adonis

    i know you commented this a year ago but nobody needs to "okay" someone for them to make a cover lmao

    Joey Quijada

    @Declan Coleman yeah, but there are some baaaaaad covers...

    chike mokolo

    +Joey Quijada and this isn't one of them

    Jenathen T

    he actually mentioned this and said he loved it on twitter so you are WRONG>

    k x

    shut it normie

  90. Abs Monroe

    the is way way way fucking better then original this vocals is way better the auto tune is not needed but still is this LIVE bitch need to give me that fucking album now

  91. aensly

    I thought I clicked on a good cover but nah.

  92. Danielle E

    There's nothing wrong with this generation, just because you like the original better it doesn't mean you get to act superior to people who like this version as well. Like seriously, is the air thinner up there on your high horse? You should come down from it.
    By the way, I'm a long time Strokes fan and I happen to like Azealia's version as well, I think she has a lovely singing voice!

  93. Margo Ramirez

    I like how she sings this but the music throws it off. Wrong cord progressions in my opinion. For being a strokes cover not so bad in my opinion. And for those acting like it's the worst thing in the world, stfu. I bet you don't even know what a harmonic is.

  94. Kev E on

    She has a beautiful singing voice...so talented

  95. Danger Dajour

    It's to pretty and clean. Jewel's version is rougher was upbeat but it seemed darker than this. The original is better but I found a black girl who likes the strokes!!!