Nujabes - The Sign Lyrics




You wanna watch it all fall apart?
Every time I walk I watch
I look, I notice, I observe
I read the signs
And the signs are pointing in the wrong direction
The signs are not naming the streets
Or leading you to the highways
The signs are naming names
Tombstones to mark the death of children not even born
And I don't mean abortion I mean what is to come

The signs are telling me to turn back around
The signs are telling me to research my past
The signs are telling me to learn from my mistakes
The signs are asking me questions
Do you wanna watch it all fall apart?
Do you have any control?
Is there anything that you can do?

Time is not a nice person
I know because the sign said it
Time can be generous but ultimately time is indifferent
Time does not give two damns or a fuck

So what will you do?
What will we do?

So I'm in the middle of the street talkin' to the signs
And people are lookin' at me pointing and laughing
Like, "This mothafucker's crazy!"

But do they not see the signs?
Do you not see the signs?

If there is one thing in this world
That you can depend on
That you can bet your last dollar on
It's the ignorance of the American people

But still I have faith
But still I read the signs
They are indeed there

Some of us are lost
And will not find our way
No matter what the signs say

Some of us do not see the signs because
We are too busy shopping
Some of us do not see the signs because
We can't help but stop and look at the accidents and stare
We are in a daze
We are amazed by the world's displays

Some of us do not see the signs because
We are giving spare change to the homeless
We are getting gas
We are volunteering for duty
And we are watching television

We are driving around in circles on spinners
And we are working eight to six

We are on our way to the club
We are high, we are drunk, and we are sober
And we do not see the signs

We are listening to a moron babble
We are listening to tongues that lie
We give them an ear
We give them a hand
We give them both eyes
So we cannot see the signs

There are children playing in the streets
And they cannot read the signs
They are only children

Stop
Stop!

I fear there is no U-turn
And that this road dead-ends
Because we cannot read the signs

Do you not see the signs?
We must read the signs
And we must turn around
We must turn around
We gotta turn this shit around
And we gotta read the signs

We must read the signs...
We must read the signs...
We must read the signs...
We gotta read the signs...
We gotta turn this shit around...
We must turn this shit around...





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Nujabes The Sign Comments
  1. Cristian Mancillas

    Perfect song to wake up to man... RIP NUJABES

  2. Cristian Mancillas

    Reminds me of GTA III for some reason

  3. Alvaro

    Rest in beats Nujabes

  4. Still Japan

    the great jazz trio - Favors

  5. Azmor EM

    When you talk to someone else, imagine yourself being them, listen carefully to their words. You'll feel an otherworldy connection to everyone. Thank me later.

    Griffin Rose

    interesting, thanks for sharing I'll take your advice :)

  6. King Joseph

    This music would have changed the world. Please produce more music like this instead of the death culture crap.

  7. BboyMikazz

    I like the melody. Anyone know more of this know this kind of music?

  8. jose munoz

    2:16 is true, we had two mass shooting in less than 24 hours. Nobody cares that guns will only bring destruction, some of us cant read the signs....

  9. Stan Brule

    *comment applying this song to whatever my political views currently are*

  10. imalamboman12

    This song introduced me to Hank Jones. Thank you nujabes.

  11. Tamara, Redguard, lvl. 30

    This song is so relevant right now.

  12. Lucas

    Do you not see the signs? the Son of Man is coming, Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life." CALL ME CRAZY, BUT IN FACT I JUST READ THE SIGNS.

  13. Anenaro Axta

    I Feel,there,Which place in my peace.THX you for your musics nujabes.

  14. Shima33

    Do you wanna watch it all fall apart?

  15. CrossCuntryFranco

    This reminds me _a lot_ of The Last Poets :) PERFECT for the current mood in the country.

  16. XBladerz

    great signs lyric for those who understand

  17. Brandon Workman

    2:16 is absolutely true.

  18. Robin Islam

    Chills......

  19. Rilakkuma

    I keep thinking this song is about Global Warming, but I guess it can be, it's up to your perception.

  20. calvinzhobbes1977

    @fretaws jacobo The Green Thumb, The One and Only Daniel David Smith

  21. Lion

    See the signs, the omens, the truth. See, the signs just tell you where things are going, not where to go.

  22. balaclava113

    The signs are the messages seen "between the lines" when we are present in our daily lives. We cant read the signs when we are stuck in distraction by thought, worry, or entertainment. All it takes is a quiet mind to see the underlying truths.

    Ju-Low OniiXgenS

    you are speaking nothing but the truth

  23. Robert Kelley

    thaws the soul

  24. imalamboman12

    I will make a piano tutorial for this

  25. Jared Hicks

    "we gotta turn this shit around"

  26. Dog_in_the_hood _

    I think that this song has a mix of different perspectives, like how it mentions "were listening to a moron babble" ,to me it's talking about we listen to people who have no relevant ideas and they are just talking nonsense, or that they are blinded of how the world real is and how it works , another is how it mentions "the signs are naming names" , to me it sounds like it's talking about how it shows the true colors of people or what they really are like imagine someone who has a happy family, the father who has wife and kids ,is a wealthy man that provides for his family but his sign shows us that he takes down schools and orphanages for his company to expand, another perspective is how the song mentions "the signs tells me to research my path" ,honestly this comment is taking to long, but overall I think the song is mostly about perspective of how blind people are about the world and that each of us must see the true signs of the world and others of how it really is,and to see the truth, and to stop being indifferent and truly think about how you and your choices can make mistakes and to learn from them, and to accept the truth and that other people may not believe in your perspective of the world because they are "listening to a moron babble"

  27. Mystiquemage

    I slipped and fell on the wet floor... Probably because I didn't see the signs...

  28. Shemsuh0r

    the signs are telling us to clean our rooms and to sort ourselves out. bucko.

  29. Bongane Stanley Maleka

    I'm surrounded by a lot of people who don't see the signs...

  30. Meme Man

    I don't understand the meaning of this Song, maybe when I'm older.

    Dog_in_the_hood _

    Meme Man basically don't be an idiot and see everything with a perspective and watch the things around you and to basically not believe in things that aren't true or irrelevant, so overall don't be a dumb ass when crossing the street and pay attention to the signs

    Dog_in_the_hood _

    I figured this out and I'm 16

    Haval Hakki

    Dog_Wearing_a_hood it is a lot deeper than that. Listen to the first line again. “Do you wanna watch it all apart?” He is reading signs that other people can’t forewarning a dark future because other people cannot see the same signs due to their ignorance. He is inviting the listener to a small taste of what his perspective is but he does not know the solution. “What will you do? What will we do?”

  31. - Kandy Soufax -

    what a gem.

  32. Exalt Pwcca

    Is this music about Donald Trump :) ?
    If there is one thing in this world
    That you can depend on
    That you can bet your last dollar on
    It's the ignorance of the American people
    We are listening to a moron babble
    We are listening to tongues that lie
    We give them an ear
    We give them a hand
    We give them both eyes

    Chaz Pierce

    moron babble = donald trump
    tounges that lie = hillary clinton

    VIRGINIA Guy

    disney prince = bernie sanders

    Jared Hicks

    song came out way before trump, but you can interpret the song however you would like

    Stan Brule

    This song is about something much deeper than politics. It's (at least in my interpretation which is admittedly just a projection of my own ego) about how society is fundamentally flawed and is destined for failure. It operates with no regard for human nature or for the truth. Every single human being is a prisoner, and most of us aren't aware of it. Ignorance, fear, insecurity, greed, jealousy, arrogance, all the negative qualities of people are the tools of our imprisonment. The established powers that make our society function stoke these negative qualities to keep us in line and distract us with mindless entertainment. Trump is just a symptom of the illness, not the illness itself.

    nigga

    Nigga doesn't even see the signs and is being influenced by them to believe all that is spoon fed to them by the signs.

  33. Aerhi Encre

    anyone know if an instrumental version out there in existence??

    JJ Sage

    Aerhi Encre shiiiiiiiitttt, I WISH!!!! Isn't it amazing??

  34. yoskees

    DO YOU NOT SEE THE SIGNS?

  35. Adam Holm

    "Some of us do not see the signs because we are too busy shopping."

    sky richardson

    And/or on cellphones

  36. StateofMindJscj

    We need this now more than ever

    stubbs

    i fear there is no u turn, and that this road dead ends

    Alen Siljic

    @stubbs Then you don't see the signs.

  37. Yamik

    We are listening to a moron babble.

    EncryptedCode

    Why cringe that line is about listening to the media get in front of an audience and talk nonsense to the population in a place of authority.
    Moron = Politician/Media/Reporters/Journalists,
    Babble = A whole lot of bullshit fed to people who cannot read the signs.

    Bryn Batin

    That's like the realist shit spoke in this song. Wtf?

    TheYoungsplash1

    Yamik I guess you never read the signs blind to your own lack of sight good luck friend

    Marcus Dillon

    Mr Brew the person was quoting he song!

    Gregorio

    +Mr Brew hell yeah multiple meanings. badass

  38. Shawn Buchanan

    'significance' ~ 'meaning, force, energy,' ~ 'sign if eye can sea' ~ dew yew gnow watt eye mean .... ..

  39. GODS GONNA CUT THEM DOWN

    Poetry 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    GODS GONNA CUT THEM DOWN

    Wait.! who?

    Bryn Batin

    Wait what?

    GODS GONNA CUT THEM DOWN

    Mr Brew what?

    GODS GONNA CUT THEM DOWN

    Hikikomori Does Stuff huh what ?

  40. Reverend Jon

    You wanna watch it fall apart
    Every time I walk I watch
    I look, I notice, I observe
    I read the signs
    And the signs are pointing in the wrong direction
    The signs are not naming the streets
    Or leading you to the highways
    The signs are naming names
    Tombstones to mark the death of children not even born
    And I don't mean abortion I mean what is to come

    The signs are telling me to turn back around
    The signs are telling me to research my past
    The signs are telling me to learn from my mistakes
    The signs are asking me questions
    Do you wanna watch it all fall apart?
    Do you have any control?
    Is there anything that you can do?

    Time is not a nice person
    I know because the sign said it
    Time can be generous but ultimately time is indifferent
    Time does not give two damns or a fuck

    So what will you do?
    What will we do?

    So I'm in the middle of the street talkin' to the signs
    And people are lookin' at me pointing and laughing
    Like, "This mothafucker's crazy! "

    But do they not see the signs?
    Do you not see the signs?

    If there is one thing in this world
    That you can depend on
    That you can bet your last dollar on
    It's the ignorance of the American people

    But still I have faith
    But still I read the signs
    They are indeed there

    Some of us are lost
    And will not find our way
    No matter what the signs say

    Some of us do not see the signs because
    We are too busy shopping.
    Some of us do not see the signs because
    We can't help but stop and look at the accidents and stare
    We are in a daze
    We are amazed by the world's displays

    Some of us do not see the signs because
    We are giving spare change to the homeless
    We are getting gas
    We are volunteering for duty
    And we are watching television

    We are driving around in circles on spinners
    And we are working eight to six

    We are on our way to the club
    We are high, we are drunk, and we are sober
    And we do not see the signs

    We are listening to a moron babble
    We are listening to tongues that lie
    We give them an ear
    We give them a hand
    We give them both eyes
    So we cannot see the signs

    There are children playing in the streets
    And they cannot read the signs
    They are only children

    Stop.
    Stop!

    I fear there is no U-turn
    And that this road dead-ends
    Because we cannot read the signs

    Do you not see the signs?
    We must read the signs
    And we must turn around
    We must turn around
    We gotta turn this shit around
    And we gotta read the signs

    We must read the signs...
    We must read the signs...
    We must read the signs...
    We gotta read the signs...
    We gotta turn this shit around...
    We must turn this shit around...

  41. Sasha Toao

    Just realized that Seba Jun is nuJ abeS.
    —Clever.

    Diogenes' Lantern

    Yeah, it's like the first sentence of his wiki page..

    Nihara Rajeev

    I just realised it now......

  42. daboe0909

    This reminds me of The Last Poets "Time is Running"

  43. Akono Miles

    That rain stick though...little sounds like that is what makes Nujabes so special to me. He really knew how to hit the soul.

    Akono Miles

    +Akono Miles R.I.P.

  44. MyJoJob

    Reminds me of Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    Rastislav

    +My JoJob I'm inclined to think that Najubes and Gil Scott-Heron are the same person..

    Akono Miles

    +My JoJob I was just thinking this the other day. Both classic tracks

    Brandonluco

    +Rastislav Nujabes was Japanese and Gil was from New York, Gil died a year after nujabes. Both where amazing artists.

  45. LO VE

    isn't Nujabes dead?

    SqueezableFood

    +LO VE yes :'c

    Sasha Toao

    He died pretty tragically in a car crash when he was only 36 or so. Never even hit 40, but was still so inspiring, talented and successful during his short life.
    Rest In Peace.

    JayPee

    He didn’t read the signs.

  46. Pablo Pistone

    its this kind of thing that restores my faith in this world

    Joseph Palacios

    Facts. We need more philosophy like this in our poor dying world.

  47. Pablo Pistone

    its this kind of thing that restores my faith in this world

  48. Joel Arzabala

    i wish nujabes made more music in the usa

    Reda Ggl

    yeah but he is dead :((

  49. fra fra

    I MUST READ THE SIGNNNNNS I MUST READ THE SIGNNNNSSSSSSSS WE MUST READ THE SIGNSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSsss WE MUST TURN THIS SHIT AROUND WE GOTTA TURN THIS SHIT AROUND...

  50. Shoot1st

    Wish nujabes was on spotify !!!

    jkid ASHLEY

    Shoot1st is it in apple music

    asianninja48

    Shoot1st check again bro! He’s on there now

    jkid ASHLEY

    HOLY SHITTTT YEAASSSSS

  51. theyellowpanduh

    Probably one of my favorite songs that Nujabes has collab'd with. Extremely poetic

  52. Sailor Lawrence

    powerful tune. crazy beat and deep lyrics

  53. Talon Du Couteau

    Rest in peace Jun seba

  54. onceit isover

    yooooooo this is the shit. cool ass hell lyrics and ofcourse a great Nujabes beat Woooo couldnt get any better... AAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo

  55. Kevinkoolz

    Exactly how i feel, someone can finally relate

  56. CaptainKronkers

    I keep looking for the message of this song. I feel like it's told from the perspective of a crazy homeless guy. Makes me feel kind of sad.

    Nomonicks

    "The point is, you see," said Ford, "that there is no point in driving yourself mad trying to stop yourself going mad. You might just as well give in and save your sanity for later."

    Arzabala23

    To people commenting on this statement never argue with a fool especially when he is insulting a person giving a great message he is clearly an opp we as children should tear him apart

    Questionable?

    I interpret it as someone who looks around and see people only caring about the present. With no real plans or care on what they want to do in the future.

    Stan Brule

    I'd say someone who has experienced homelessness probably understands how fucked up things are more than most people ever will.

    Gavin

    The signs are cues that society is going in a direction that will end in disaster in both a cultural way and in a physical way(physical meaning war, destruction, etc). People are turning "bad" and it's getting worse and people aren't recognizing the "signs" of a society digressing even through progression. That's what this song is about.

  57. ws3423

    such a good song with an intriguing message..

  58. Incognito Jet

    Can you read the signs?

  59. JIHNSU!!

    Can someone please bless this world and make an instrumental of this song? <3

    funnyboyi

    +Jihnsu i know right

    Fortunate Nickel Store

    +Jihnsu The song is "The Great Jazz Trio - Favors". Most Nujabes samples are taken pretty directly from their source material. He had a knack for finding good samples but he didn't transform them much other DJs like Premier do.

    Dondre Smith

    We dont need the instrumental the world needs the lyrics now more than ever

  60. Most Sus

    fuck when do the signs stop

    Josh Donaldson

    They'll always be there, it'll just take a bit more everytime.

  61. Average Gigel

    Pretty powerful song. Makes me think more

  62. tasky yiff

    Has anyone figured out the chords to this? His reverb effects on the piano always makes it hard to delineate exactly what I'm hearing in the left hand.

    vahnn0

    I don't know the keys or chords but if I was sitting at a piano I could show you lol

  63. Nate M

    seriously, fuck you andrew

  64. SleepyHead4150

    That one dislike...........

  65. Sand Bag

    Damn, you're so right! This message is really important. This man had his heart on the right side. Rest in Beats Nujabes :')

  66. Roxanne Ipina

    Strong message. Wise man.

  67. TheReturn2Life

    wise words

  68. Tyler Dejesus

    Rest in beats Nujabes 1974-2010

  69. Joshua B

    fuck you Andrew

  70. Alan Webb

    The lyrics to this song man!

  71. sativa symbiosis

    Plant seeds in the young's garden.

  72. Andrew Smith

    I'm glad he died.

    umeki

    Andrew Smith careful being so edgy, andrew, you might cut yourself harder than your father cut you from his life.

    JonathanGarcia mma

    Andrew Smith There's a lot of people in this comment section really fucking you up buddy. Be careful with your choice of words before you portray yourself a certain, you'll get a lot of attention you wish you never had

    D.Jamarbhsamurai

    umeki When you challenge someones ignorance this is pretty much 99% the outcome

  73. Aloof

    nujabes will live forever

  74. Uncanniii

    R.i.p. <3

  75. tehscrubshow

    Read the signs.

  76. Hungry And Broke

    google image? o.o

  77. RthR

    Only the good die young. RIP Nujabes

  78. ModeerFehT

    Where can I download this picture?

  79. MNVikingsforever

    @micarthroadonis Just thought the same EXACT thing...

  80. micarthroadonis

    Ughh... Theres Nothing like Nujabes track that you never heard before.