Marina & The Diamonds - To Be Human Lyrics

The pagodas and the palaces dressed in gold leaf
Hide the damages
Spot the Geisha as she balances
Life's a cakewalk, full of challenges

Go to Russia, see the Red Square
Lenin's body lying dead there
From Kyoto, Hiroshima
Watch the black cloud crawling nearer

There were riots in America
Just when things were getting better
All the things I've done and seen
Still I don't know what life means

All the people living in, living in the world today
We're united by our love, we're united by our pain (ooh)
All the things that I've done and I've seen
Still I don't know, don't know what it means

Fly to Athens, pass the Parthenon
See the village where my father's from
To Chicago from Angola
São Paulo to Verona

And anywhere you go, you'll see (o-o-oh)
People are just like you and me (o-o-o-o-o-o-oh)
All the things I've done and seen
Still I don't know what life means

All the people living in, living in the world today
We're united by our love, we're united by our pain (ooh)
All the things that I've done and I've seen
Still I don't know, don't know what it means
To be human
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh)
Still I don't know, don't know what it means
To be human, a real human being

I like to think about how we all look from afar
People driving fancy cars look like beetles to the stars
The missiles and the bombs sound like symphonies gone wrong
And if there is a God they'll know why it's so hard

To be human
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh)
To be hu-
Still, I don't know, don't know what it means
To be human, a real human being

I want connection (To be human)
I want to feel human again
Lost my direction (To be human)
I want to feel human again

To be human
To be human
To be human
To be human

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Marina & The Diamonds To Be Human Comments
  1. Bastard Cat

    Make this trending again brothers!

  2. Christina Samara

    such an amazing album you are a QUEEN to be human is the best song existed

  3. ライチフルーツlitchi fruit

    she looks like azzy land must be her mom BTW they are both pretty

  4. Daniel P

    There were riots in America
    Just when things were getting better

  5. Piotr Szarański

    Omg, Marina, You mature really well on all fronts - musically, vocally, lyrically and Your voice is as charming as Your whole beautiful presence. I really love Your newest album, especially this song, as it as politely as possible summarizes our current, miserable state of humanity/unity. I will spread this song in my area and keep doing the usual good, everyday things...

    Funny, I came here to test my brand new headphones, immediately fell in love and not gonna leave this place anytime soon. My new headphone literally doesn't matter...

  6. Weirdo's Haven

    I'm here after the World War 3 trying to figure out how Marina made man-kind look beautiful

  7. Nicolas Philippe

    "Vous allez finir par vous aimez les uns les autres, bordel de merde?!" JC


    Goddes visual


    Marina I Love You 🤗🤗🤗

  10. Expired Memes

    She's gorgeous ❤️

  11. Just A Netizen


  12. SlimeFlip

    I need to memorize this song because I have a jazz dance to it

  13. GEB

    I love you Marina !!!!!!!

  14. Anh Nhật

    a real gem among the artists

  15. Melted Rainbowz

    I’m in love

  16. Valntena Youkhana

    Marina is one of those artists who can never make a bad song.

  17. Yobama007

    More now than ever does the world need to listen. The decisions of the few and greedy at the top DO NOT speak for every human!!

    Annabeth Chase The Gamer

    @Yobama007 exactly what i was thinking.

  18. arfath khan

    Thanks Marina I can delicate this song to my Indian friends. Love you

  19. FOXY 0363

    this is The Best Music for now and 4ever XOXO for all in The World i'm from Germany 🎧😎😉

  20. Gav Lar

    That’s how we are feeling 👌

  21. G9 Ranjiplays

    we need to MAGA

  22. Chinzo uno

    Marina please dont stress about society! Its never gonna be unproblematic! Be the artist and let us escape to your world from this sad life!


    escapism doesnt work

  23. mayo EEE

    here because of what's going on :(

  24. Батяня Вомбат

    I love you,Marina!!!!!!!

  25. proserpinathewriter

    This is to Kim Jung Un and Communism

    Let people be humans they're humans! Let them have their rights..let all us humans rest.

  26. Firerfox DxD

    third World war

  27. GoodImprovisedName

    I had chills the whole video running down my back oml

  28. badmoonsoul

    here after hearing that there's gonna be a "world war 3" or something and after everything that's happening, from the fires in australia to all the natural feels like the world is slowly ending

    mayo EEE

    me too :( im scared

    Luther Floyd

    @mayo EEE Same here

    Akiko Chan

    Humanity is to blame ,I'm ashamed in mankind

    Annabeth Chase The Gamer

    i’m terrified.

    emal leoboy

    I'm seeking comfort by listening to this song

  29. Welliton Brandão

    Voz de uma deusa

  30. lock heart

    This song is what everyone needs to hear and actually take in. We all need to be reminded what it means to be human.

  31. It’s me 1 2 3

    Marina i miss you is there are songs comingg? 💕

  32. Aaliyah Greene

    10 +++. Years in the game 🔥🔥🔥still fire

  33. SyahOP

    she made this video in Japan Kyoto

  34. Ricky Rizo

    Ella es una gran artista y siempre está dando mensajes de concientizacion aveces pienso que no es humana pero viene a salvarnos con sus mensajes positivos ❤️

  35. granderist kacangan

    greetings from indonesia

  36. salty sugar

    my music teacher asked us to make a sort of essay about one of our favorite songs and to describe the message of the song and why I personally chose it and more. I chose this song for sure I got an 8 out of the 10 lmao I really just love this song its beautiful.

  37. Kaunstellation

    I don't know what it means to be a human either. I'm ringing in the new decade with this song. Thank you Marina, for your work. The butterfly effect. I'm going to try and be a better human, even though I don't what it means. :) Life is beautiful. I'm so glad you exist! ❣️ Thank you for being brave and strong. Blessed because of your music!

  38. Cydney Chung

    I don't know why she is so underated she is a star.her songs really reflect on the world today.BTW she has grown so much and matured so beautifully

  39. Romina Palacios

    Lo escuche y me enamore !!
    Marina 💕

  40. Jon in Osaka

    What I find most amazing is she was able to film a video in Kyoto without being swamped with tourists. Must've done it early in the morning in the middle of Winter.

  41. Gem purr

    I've watched this 4 times and every time I cry and I don't know why

  42. Lydiaa Koulourakii

    Guys want is not healthy is when you all obsess over an artist and compare his/her songs to other that have noticeably got more views.Some like this music some like other musics better than this.Noone cares about your music interest though.STFU and fucking pull through you idiotic pieces of crap.The fact that it's a moderately good song doesn't mean it has to be compared to others.

  43. Abdallah Al Mutawa

    This deserves a grammy. It’s a shame that this song is slept on.

  44. Joe Berman

    You keep getting hotter year after year

  45. Joe Berman

    Loved you for over 10 years!!!! In the top 5 artists I'd love to meet.

  46. Emerson Brum

    the little smile when she sings "sao paulo" is everything to me

  47. Georgia Fasili


  48. Galaxy the wolf

    Is that Moscow??? 0:22

  49. Night Station

    I love 99% of this video
    1% dislike for kiss schene

  50. ninja blender

    “People driving fancy cars look like beetles to the stars.”

  51. Rob Sahagûn

    2019 yet?

  52. Rob Sahagûn

    I LOVE IT❤

  53. Spirited Sora

    marina is such a inspiration oh my god i loved the song before i seen the video but when i watched the video oh my god. i’m so glad she made this video.

  54. Yoongi Min

    No matter how many times I watch this video it shows that she cares what’s happening in this fucking toxic world, but there is people that care and try to do something about it while other people don’t give a shit about it... we need more people like her to care about the fucking world. I’m sorry if I’m not making any sense I really tried my best. One day we will be all gone, do you know why it’s because nobody cares about the world and what’s happening in many different places. I wish the world wasn’t so nasty and toxic but there is beautiful moment that some people do..... Thank you.

  55. Gem P

    This spoke volumes

  56. Art 666

    I want everyone to read the translation of the song in their native language ...

  57. Kia C.

    When google do their rewind of the year they HAVE to use this song 😍😍😍

  58. Arthur G

    Whenever I watch music from an artist remotely like Marina, I always get this in the watch next.

    Watched, liked, saved, playlist, commented multiple times, tears,

    You can keep on recommending it YouTube

  59. UMI

    I love how deep her lyrics always are. No drugs, no sex, just think about life as it is.

  60. Holly Racciatti

    I can agree with the singers comment

  61. perry darry

    This woman and Lana is what we call pure Art

  62. Irion Maiden

    So great !

  63. Esmeralda Gacha

    😢😢💔I cry whenever I hear this song, it has a very strong meaning, and a clip very relative to everything that was going to happen on Earth I'm from São Paulo, and I'm glad you mentioned here, because here is a difficult place, very difficult Thank You MARINA

  64. Syazwan Saidan

    To be human is not to kill, but to save other humans, is what I think...

  65. fairuz fazil

    I love u

  66. Sehr Faul

    Человеком не рождаются , им становятся ... И это совсем не радостно ...

  67. Unitato

    Plot twist marina is actually a war criminal

  68. Andrew D

    Nice try.

  69. Compilations Queen 202

    Not only does Marina make awesome songs she spreads awareness and that's why shes a role model for people everywhere😊😇❤

  70. Edimar Junior

    Nice video but just one question: Where the flip are the Diamonds?

  71. Денис Петров

    Lenin is alive✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

  72. FarmerSteve

    I can't decide what I like most about this song - that awesome spine tingling singing, the awesome understated musical arrangement that delivers a strong punch, or the depth of meaning in such simple lyrics!

  73. Rafael Rodrigues

    This song is just amazing in it’s own way. The message is so important and Marina did it while living in days like these where other people’s rights are not even duly considered.

  74. Bazza Keegan2

    I adore this wonderful track......

  75. Lodesto

    I love this song

  76. Child_of_stars2003

    Really love it

  77. poppy paul

    black lives matter. but only when the killer is white, right?


    poppy paul shut up and grow up you’re obviously too immature to grasp any concept outside identity politics

  78. Marie Brooks

    She sings "There were riots in America just when things were getting better." Its true and its still happening 8 months later kids are becoming more depressed and kids shooting up their own schools or just someone shooting a place up I'm surprised not many people in the comments have talked or said something about that part of her song

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  81. sevin thisan

    3:20 I have no words to describe my feelings there

  82. Fernando Iamamoto

    Omg such a talent girl, it’s really sad how music like that isn’t appreciate more
    Tks Marina for saving music industry🇧🇷

  83. iiTACO

    This is one of those songs that hits me real hard

  84. Matheus Cerruti

    Muito maravilhosa essa mulher

  85. Laurensia Kathryn

    I'm fond of this song🥰 One of the best songs in 2019.

  86. [Scarlett-Moriko]

    This woman is aging like fine wine and I'm living for that 🍷💞

  87. Dutch Fangirl

    this song is even better live believe me i know

  88. Anonymouse 777

    I’m not a super religious person, but sometimes I wonder if people like marina are angels sent to us in human form to gift us with such rare art and spread a beautiful message. Something about all of her music reaches my heart like no other.

  89. tromidt

    Great song Marina.

    Dutch Fangirl

    love is love get over it

    Hannah Smith

    tromidt Then you don’t understand the song and never will.


    @Dutch Fangirl Love is not love!!! Love is when a man love a woman, and a woman love his man. I am just so tired of all this homofoli, lesbian and transperson. They not belong in my christian world!! I wish Putin was the primeminister in Norway, then we have had a good soloution on all this fucking insanity!!!!

  90. J S

    This is important. Thank you.

  91. Trev

    I 💞 Marina. Her voice is like the beauty of life itself. Not to mention she is beautiful.

  92. João Pedro Drumond

    I love you, Marina! Plese, retry come to Brazil. São Paulo ❤

  93. P Too

    Marina! <3

  94. lkwdgreg13

    i see, i hear, trying to understand.

  95. Elise D

    I think I've figured it out. The alternative music queens are greek goddesses:

    Marina is Athena, The goddess of wisdom and the arts.

    Lana is Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.

    Melanie is Hebe, Goddess of youth

    And Halsey is Nyx, goddess of mystery and the night.

  96. MARINA

    To Be Human is probably the most important song on this record for me, because thematically it sums up the headspace that I’ve come from in the past 3 years. I think the subject matter is really important, it talks about unity. I namecheck a lot of places around the world São Paulo, Verona, Angola, Chicago, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Greece. When I was writing that I wanted to create this picture of humanity, because in our political climate we are constantly being made to see other people as ‘other’. If you’re from a different culture, you’re seen as different and potentially dangerous and I really hate that. I really think that’s a sad way to see humanity. So I wrote this song really thinking about that, and for that reason it really forms a core part of the record.

    Stevie Sayles

    Love this song

    Pier Rishar

    for me you are always a buble gum bitch

    Cherry Wasp

    Yes this is so correct

    Gustavo Velasco

    MARINA I love you

    Dropped Croissant

    We stan a talented queen ❤️😔❤️❤️