Dawes - Things Happen Lyrics




I could go on talking or I could stop
Wring out each memory til' I get every drop
Sift through the details of the others involved
The true crime would be thinking it's just one persons fault

Like an honest signature on a fake ID
Like the guilty conscience with the innocent plea
You can just ignore it, put it out of mind
But ain't it funny how the past won't ever let something lie

Let's make a list of all the things the world has put you through
Let's raise a glass to all the people you're not speaking to
I don't know what else you wanted me to say to you
Things happen, that's all they ever do

In a different time, on a different floor
I might mourn the loss of who I'm not anymore
So I'm driving up to Oakland for a good look back
And a few revisions to my plan of attack

Let's make a list of all the things the world has put you through
Let's raise a glass to all the people you're not speaking to
I don't know what else you wanted me to say to you
Things happen, that's all they ever do

I think I'll see Lily, see where she stands
I can't help how I feel, I don't think anyone can
Sometimes we're lovers, sometimes we're friends
Behold the magnetism between two dead ends

Let's make a list of all the things the world has put you through
Let's raise a glass to all the people you're not speaking to
I don't know what else you wanted me to say to you
Things happen, that's all they ever do

Lets' make a list of all the things the world has put you through (we can qualify the spirit guides we listen to)
Lets raise a glass to all the people your not speaking to (or why are moms compelled to bronze your baby shoes)
I don't know what else that you wanted me to say to you
Things happen, that's all they ever do
That's all they ever do
That's all they ever do
That's all they ever do





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  1. Aaron Davis

    I really like it when they throw the party for the guy at the end, sweet

  2. MrMeAndDrHim

    The worst part about this song is I can't show it to someone without them taking it personally.

  3. All About Addison

    Does anyone else think Gored Downie from the Tragically Hip might have fathered a bastard child or three? Not just the vocal phrasing and song structure, but the layered lyrical content? I live in Canada and the way the Hip captured my experience will always stay with me.. this band makes me reflect on the American experience in a way that only Dylan or Guthrie have done.. hope they break big and do well

  4. Gabe Nelson

    Powerful, REAL song about life. Great job, and thank you, Dawes!

  5. crunchwrap supreme

    Such an underrated song. First heard it in like 2014-2015, still listen to it during hard times and it really gets me in my feels.

  6. Sinnie Sarkar

    This song makes me feel so nostalgic for some reason. Idk why it gives me an 80s vibe :)

  7. Joshua Ross

    Charlie Day sings too!?!?

  8. Disney65Fan

    I have never heard of this band before till Mandy Moore(she's married to the lead singer of Dawes, after she married Ryan Adams till she broke up with him in 2016 and met Taylor in 2017 and married him last November 2018).

  9. Timothy Clarke

    I wish I had come to terms with the fact that simply put, 'Things Happen', when I was 14. Would have saved a load of ball ache throughout life eh.

  10. leetledrummerboy

    Whos the gut beside the bucket drummer supposed to be impersonating?

  11. Casey Spaos

    Searching for tutorials on digital audio workstations brought me here

  12. CindyBear55

    Heard this on Song Pop and whoa. Whoa. Whoa. 👍🏻👍🏻

  13. toasty

    Learning this on guitar rn

  14. Nathan Smith

    Does the Beginning remind anyone else of toes across the floor music vid?

  15. Nugsy Malone

    In my opinion, this is their best song. I shared it with my best friend and his mom when my best friends brother died. It hits hard man

    Bradley Horner

    Good for you for sharing it with them. I'd like to think they're the kind of guys that would appreciate knowing their music might have helped a person in need.

  16. Deyana Atanasova

    I feel like I've heard the beat in another song, but I can't remember the song and it's driving me crazy 🤪

  17. Taofik Gheriani

    I love this song

  18. Mr. Blue Balls

    video confuse me too munch.

  19. Roz illa

    I love Dawes. I can't believe I never heard this before today. I'm just going to have to buy all their albums.

  20. Rodney Adkins

    I’ve never seen the video till now I love it. I added this song to a playlist long while ago and forgot it till tonight

  21. TheAmirata

    Funny to think the drummer went to my high school. This is a really good song! Really uplifting. Keep up the good work! 👍

    Lincoln MacEachern

    Isn't the drummer the lead singer's brother?

    altruman2000

    @Lincoln MacEachern Yes, that's correct.

  22. MrDako1706

    My friend passed away at 26 in a motorcycle accident last week. At his funeral this song played along with when my time comes and before that i have never heard of this band but i understand why he loved them so much. This really is a great song. True all i can think of is his life but this song describes him so well. Great song. R.I.P. Zach you will be missed.

  23. Genevieve Cosgrove

    This was the first song I ever heard by Dawes, this made me fall in love with someone, and the band

    Genevieve Cosgrove

    "Sometimes we're lovers, sometimes we're friends..."

  24. Alexander Crowley

    Song got me through one of the most depressing times in my life, best friend/Co worker was a snake and got myself fired while the woman I loved left me. I was down, listened to this constantly. I wasn't out though, thanks Dawes!

  25. starburstwrappers

    3:22 "Why are Moms compelled to bronze their baby shoes?" That is why I love this band, good harmony and clever lyrics.

  26. SuperHDJ

    Let's Phaser Blast through all the people you're not speaking to ( miss heard lyrics :/

  27. Richard Walker

    In a disconnected world, this song connects!

  28. Kevin

    I don't know why this reminds me so much of Hanna from Octopus Pie

  29. Joakim Svensson

    Excellent. Should've been a global hit.

  30. Pteresa2013

    Ugh - I just love love love these guys!!!

  31. Pablo Sosa

    Excelente canción, me gusta mucho tararearlo, tienen un buen estilo, continúen así, ya me suscribo ahora

  32. MrDaddysasquatch

    There are many great things in the world. Seeing Wylie dressed as Elvis is one of them.

  33. Laurel Tuohy

    The most perfect video in the world.

  34. Alex Wheeler

    His facial expression a perfect sum of this song. I know that feeling all too well. It's on my list

  35. zachary l crowe

    comment?

  36. H and p Outdoors

    Still coming back in 2018, there new music is crap

  37. David Maholchic

    No qualms with the sound

  38. Victoria Hewitt

    Omg..I love this song as far as music...but people like him...suck in this position...because he's saying he can't but be bad....things g
    Happen...hell no!!..things just don't happen!!#
    Unrepentive loser!!!

  39. Justin Hernandez

    From the Future here... Still listening to this in 2030 :D

  40. bryan ortiz

    Hola amigos Dawes solo queria felicitarlos por tener tan buena musica , cuando los vi en el concierto de kol me gustaron mucho sus rolas y estpy seguro de que llegaran miy lejos , estan muy padres sus videos y sus letras les deseo mucho exito

  41. G F

    The song is truly horrible. When I heard it on the radio I had to turn station immediately. Probably the only bad song from this band. I just find it annoying, especially the beginning

  42. bikinggal1

    Hey saw you guys at the Saddle-dome last night...never heard of you before but wow you guys are amazing!!

  43. Corey

    this song is so good

  44. sigana boy

    Y'all need to bring the noise loud not this slow shit have a corn field and rock it rock it hard rock the bitch high like just beneath the surface make a 7 song album make it the best

  45. MLMoto7

    Anyone here from John Mayer's concert lol

  46. Megan Spencer

    Thirty year old here, almost a stepmom to a ten year old boy and this song is currently giving me ALL the feels. I am trying my best to co-parent and raise a good kid. But it SO hard. Thank you Dawes for the words of encouragement and wisdom. Things happen, it's all they ever do.

  47. Ryan Bell

    this music sucks

  48. amyhow9

    best.music.vid.ever😂😍😊🙌

  49. artattack jack

    Puts a legitimate smile on my face!

  50. Judy Jashinsky

    Just discovered Dawes, made my day.....I can see them becoming a bit of a Music Obsession

  51. A J

    It's funny because I had this song in my head while I was driving home, and then I got rear-ended and my car got destroyed.

  52. james messier

    why do I feel like I've heard that melody and beat in a rap song from 15 years ago

    Pork Fuu

    james messier That's what I was thinking. The rhythm is most certainly copied, but I can't remember the damn song name and it's pissing me off.

  53. Finn Afique

    I love the instrumental !

  54. Maria Eduarda Cardoso

    to amando essa banda rsrs

    danillo Gonçalves

    Madu Muniz 2

  55. BACON 1378

    I love these guys, they are so freaking good!

  56. Jacob Stalvey

    Dawes gives such good inspiration to musicians and anyone listening for that matter

  57. monkeyRL

    Thank you for this track! Thank you soo much! The lyrics speak to me and what's left of my family more than you'd know! Great jam! =)

  58. Hammi

    this is really good

  59. A Smith

    Just heard the new song and came back here, this is how they should sound.

    J BELL

    I couldn't say it any better. I am to decide should I buy or not. This is how I think of DAWES.

    Cam L.

    Honestly, if you take the album at face value and not some expectation you have in your own mind about what Dawes "should" sound like, "We're All Gonna Die" is fucking great.

    A Smith

    Its not great. But it's not as bad as I thought it would be from those first two songs.

    Cam L.

    @Aaron Smith If I might ask, what about it makes you think it's much worse than the other albums? Don't even mention the lyrics because that would be bullshit.

    A Smith

    @Cam L.
     for me and im a new fan, what i first liked about them is their lack of a polished sound, the last album doesn't sound expensive, just some guys in room, very simple, the new one sounds like a Hollywood movie. over dubs, its more produced, i think the songwriting is lesser on the new album also but i have to give it more time.

  60. Sweet N' Tender Hooligans

    185 People don't want things to happen.

    BOH10666

    185 people who wouldn't recognize talent if it bit them in the ass..lol. i understand if dawes' music isn't everyone's cup of tea but there is no discounting their talent, especially the lyrics.

    also, great user name.

  61. Macisback_

    I freaking love this band, found them a little over a year ago!

  62. Emma Brumfield

    I really like this song but the video is so touching. Partly funny, partly sad, lovely conclusion. Love it.

  63. Steve Beutelspacher

    Beautiful song. Thank you Dawes.

  64. ConnecticutsBest

    Sounds better in Costa

  65. robb spencer

    Great song!

  66. Ozen the Lewdable

    GO TEAM COCO TEAM COCO GO!

  67. tanislarnet

    Anyone else think the lead looks like Charlie Day from Its always sunny? xD

    Laura Boschan

    +magic12343222 Omg yes, thanks!

  68. maximumsteve

    Beaten down 30-something year old millennial checking in.

    BOH10666

    and it only gets worse. just over forty and life's still kicking the crap outta me. :)

    Dee Hughes

    I'm a Gen-Xer staring 50 in the face. Ugh.

    d doyle

    yeah tell me about it!! anyway enjoy the ride y'all it goes fast............

    Mackenzie Lahousse

    me too...

  69. sathyme

    WTF!! - The video the producers did for this guy is [email protected]!! - It does NOT capture the lyrics OR the song AT ALL - I know he/they had no choice but to go along with it - but this is a break up song and EXCELLENT song/lyrics and EVERYTHING etc. - What the [email protected] - Too bad!! - BUT hey - I can't wait to see what else DAWES comes up with - BUT PLEASE FIRE!! you Video concept writers - before you do your next video - your name will be bigger then and you'll have MORE say!!

    maximumsteve

    +sathyme Nah. I guess the song can be whatever you want it to be about, but it was the perfect video for me - a beaten down 30-something millennial.

    BOH10666

    music doesn't always fit neatly into a single category. my take away, especially after watching the video, is that life can, and frequently does, wear you down. your take away is something different and that's great. that's part of what makes listening to music a very personal experience.

    Lincoln MacEachern

    Everyone's entitled to his or her opinion, but I think it's fantastic; whimsical, sad, funny, uplifting at the same time. Charlie Chaplin and the little girl make the video for me.

  70. Kevin Daw

    If you dig these guys, check out Cowboy Mouth.

    Ethan Anderson

    thank you so much for the suggestion

    Kevin Daw

    You're welcome.

    BOH10666

    i did and was reminded why i wade through the torrent of often abusive idiocy that is 90% of youtube comment threads. thank you. cowboy mouth is fabulous.

    Kevin Daw

    Thank you kind stranger. Check out tour dates, they are really awesome live! Just saw The Dear Hunter last night. Another great live act who created a concept story line spanning 5 albums with a as yet announced final act to be in the form of some other media besides album form. Might be worth a listen as well. I'm with you in putting up with 1,000 "lul" comments to find those gems!

  71. gardner caballero

    Am I gonna be the one to talk about the skinny sensei guy doing the fish flop.  That guy makes me cheese yo.

    mclovin92x

    How does one "cheese" lol

    gardner caballero

    Cheese=laugh

    Bailey Mitschelen

    Love you

  72. Link Union

    Love it. Cool music video. Great song!

  73. Action News

    Bro went bat guano crazy on the drums! Write it down!

  74. Brian Keith

    catchy song, made unique by its contradictory riff... otherwise nothing particularly outstanding...

    Magnolia Trees in the Meadow

    Brian Keith Thanks for your input, Brian. Now fuck off

  75. Blackdog

    Lovely to hear MUSIC again. Sounds a great deal like Jackson Browne to my ears.

  76. Eileen Hearne

    that's FANTASTIC! LUV IT!

  77. Nita Barrow zimmerman

    great song

  78. Asphalt Ricky

    Means so, so much to me. Thank you guys for lifting me out of mire

  79. Shawn Alexander

    u guys suck

  80. iheartlacey7

    Omg I'm so happy I just heard this on the radio and I guessed the name of the song by hearing it and here I am

    Demarco Smith

    me to lol

  81. Chester Fadel

    I could go on talking or I could stop
    Wring out each memory til' I get every drop
    Sift through the details of the others involved
    The true crime would be thinking it's just one persons fault

    Like an honest signature on a fake ID
    Like the guilty conscience with the innocent plea
    You can just ignore it, put it out of mind
    But ain't it funny how the past won't ever let something lie

    Let's make a list of all the things the world has put you through
    Let's raise a glass to all the people you're not speaking to
    I don't know what else you wanted me to say to you
    Things happen, that's all they ever do

    In a different time, on a different floor
    I might mourn the loss of who I'm not anymore
    So I'm driving up to Oakland for a good look back
    And a few revisions to my plan of attack

    Let's make a list of all the things the world has put you through
    Let's raise a glass to all the people you're not speaking to
    I don't know what else you wanted me to say to you
    Things happen, that's all they ever do

    I think I'll see Lily, see where she stands
    I can't help how I feel, I don't think anyone can
    Sometimes we're lovers, sometimes we're friends
    Behold the magnetism between two dead ends

    Let's make a list of all the things the world has put you through
    Let's raise a glass to all the people you're not speaking to
    I don't know what else you wanted me to say to you
    Things happen, that's all they ever do

    Lets' make a list of all the things the world has put you through (we can qualify the spirit guides we listen to)
    Lets raise a glass to all the people your not speaking to (or why are moms compelled to bronze your baby shoes)
    I don't know what else that you wanted me to say to you
    Things happen, that's all they ever do
    That's all they ever do
    That's all they ever do
    That's all they ever do

  82. buddhistgnome

    This song should win song of the year!

  83. johnny Smith

    I love it, dawes is definitely on my list of favourite bands.

  84. Will DeBoer

    2:37 Chris Elliott! What are you doing here?!?

    FilmGamer

    +Will DeBoer Acting!

  85. Vangotten

    Awesome song!

  86. hoodie trouble

    A song that makes me cry, and a video that makes me laugh.. Wow, what a pathetic mess I am to this! THANK YOU DAWES!  You make my soul smile!

  87. Robbie Peters

    Best song ever!

  88. VPuspaV715 VPuspaV

    "Let's raise a glass to all the people you're not speaking to..." Very pleasant voice. Nice tune.

  89. billybobdick100

    the Bass Elvis looks just like John Lennon to me what do you think

    Erik Frost

    Exactly what I thought

  90. Jg Fernandes

    enjoyed pleasant music to the ears

  91. Nick Falletta

    Jesus...That is one tall ass Elvis on the bass guitar.

  92. Anita Mcnamara

    This song reminds me a bit of Beach House.

  93. 1airportsignguy

    It made me take a break to listen to it. Nice!

  94. Aramis419

    The girl towards the end of the video - isn't she the same girl that was in The Killer's "Give Me a Shot At the Night" video?

    Aramis419

    +Evtingperfect Thanks for the confirmation!

    Evtingperfect

    +Aramis419 no prob! we are rare fan of the killers :D

    Ernesto M

    +Aramis419 actually she's not, her name is Lourdes Hernandez, shes the singer in Russian Red, look her up you wont regret it.

    Paisa Nin

    +Aramis419 . She is Russian Red, a spanish songwriter. She is really great. Try to listen some of her songs.

  95. Jay Wilson

    Raising My Glass!! THX for coming to my town of Walla Walla, WA DAWES!!

  96. Marian Burns

    Love!   Should be the theme song for most of the people I know.

  97. Frank Williamson

    You're supposed to burn the list after you make it.

  98. Tom Thompson

    Of this"band"you'd think they'd at least have highlighted the fellow singing harmony in the last stanza?

    Now that I've seen the video, it confirms hope for me,; what kind of a loser concept-
    with the street corner
    artist/agitators/prosetylitizere. It's tough to know anymore I So many people hate OUR countrycountry who can you trust other than OUR Father in heaven? Trump 2016!!!

  99. Music For The People

    God what an awful video