Wonder Years, The - The Devil In My Bloodstream Lyrics




We wiped out all the Buffalo
Around the turn of the last century,
And so it's factories and sawgrass,
Wheat fields and asphalt laid in front of me.
The Midwest feels like a hollow place
That we filled with love and industry.
And we're staring at the frozen ground in Goodwill suits,
Silent as the pastor reads the eulogy.
Well I wanted to see just a little bit of everything.
Let me be.

Two blackbirds on a highway sign
Are laughing at me at four in the morning.
They played the war drum out of time
So I'm not sure where I've been marching.
I wanna be strong, but it's not easy anymore.
I'm hoping I'm wrong.

It's sixteen hours straight to home
From the heart of North Missouri,
And so I searched through my great-grandpop's memoirs
For the devil in my bloodstream.
Depression grabbed his throat
And choked the life out of him slowly.
I've got the same blood coursing through my veins
And it'll come for me eventually.

I bet I'd be a fucking coward.
I bet I'd never have the guts for war,
'Cause I can't spend another month away from here.
These frantic rest stop phone calls don't get answered anymore.
But I, I wanted to know if I could please come home.
So let me know.

Two blackbirds on a highway sign
Are laughing at me at four in the morning.
They played the war drum out of time
So I'm not sure where I've been marching.
I wanna be strong, but it's not easy anymore.
I'm hoping I'm wrong.
I'm hoping I'm wrong.

I know how it feels to be
At war with a world
That never loved me.

Two blackbirds on a highway sign
Are laughing at me at four in the morning
They played the war drum out of time
So I'm not sure where I've been marching.

I wanna be strong.
I wanna be strong, but it's not easy anymore.





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  1. Carina Sanchez

    Did the band break up? :(

  2. Aurora Kohansky

    They played war drum out of time, so im not sure where I’ve been marching.

  3. Scorch428

    so humble :)

  4. Aoife

    I just realized this kind of goes to the rhythm of "everything I own fits in this backpack"

  5. lacorde

    CAUSE BABY YOU'RE A FIREWOOOOOORK

  6. Loren Hagen

    This song makes me cry

  7. onlinefriends

    I BET I'D BE A FUCKING COWARD

  8. Timexdistance

    I feel like I’m dying

  9. Caleb Opie Martyr

    Soupy for president!

  10. Hannah_5634

    "I want to be strong but it's not easy anymore"
    "I know how it feels to be at war with a world that never loved me"

    This is one of my go to songs for when my depression gets bad. Ive had this on repeat all night. The lyrics are just so hard hitting and, I dont know, makes me feel less alone. Rigt now I really feel crying because everyone thinks everything is fine but it's not, even though it was but now it's not. Music will always be there for you even when no one else is

  11. Seline Romero

    I'm so in love with this song

  12. thelonelydriver

    listened to this song again and damn it made me cry considering where i am rn

  13. Carlos López

    they played the war drum out of time, so I'm not sure where I've been marching

    describes perfectly how I've been feeling for the past year, I freaking love this music

  14. Repetition Repetition Repetition Repetition

    This song crushes me even harder than it used to.

  15. Sara Bedingfield

    Am i the only one that expects soupy to say “it’s not easy being green” instead of “it’s not easy anymore”

  16. Mr. Gonzalez

    Esta canción me trae muchos buenos recuerdos que me deprimen 💔😉

  17. Nikita Kloosterman

    This song is so beautiful

  18. Mary Weed

    2017/2018. Presente. 🔥🎶🚀

  19. C7 Z Z

    Being away from home, 6 hours away at college and this song helps

  20. Lee

    They played this when I saw them live and I almost cried

  21. Dylan F

    Depression grabbed his throat and choked the life out of him slowly. I've got the same blood coursing through my veins; it'll come for me eventually. I'm ready for it.

  22. Alex Madden

    It shouldn't have been sunny and warm the day my grandpa died

  23. braden dunn

    I am listening to this song on a off day at my ait (job training) for the army. I'm a combat medic and this ssong made me realize that this is probably not the best job for me considering my family's history with depression...

  24. Omri Zagury

    I know how it feels to be at war with a world that never loved me

  25. Olivia Thorpe

    Honestly one of my favorite songs ever, it's so powerful

  26. Zoie Mull

    used to be in a very bad place. when I get a touch of where that was, I sometimes wind up back to this song. it'll be okay.

  27. allison weaver

    i want to be strong, but it's not easy anymore .... damn

  28. David Mitchell-Baker

    I wanna be strong, but it's not easy anymore

  29. Seán Cumiskey

    Aw man I heard this live recently and when it kicks in I just fucking exploded with emotion, these guys are just so so so good

  30. Jaden Newman

    God, this song gives me chills.

    Kelsie Paxton

    Jaden Newman me too

  31. Kory Weeks

    currently on repeat... wow

  32. StrongerEveryDay

    fucking love this song

  33. Heath Anderson

    "I bet I'd be a FUCKING COWARD" amen.

  34. Ewan Routledge

    Beautiful song

  35. Chica Rawwr

    I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN ARGENTINA :')

  36. Craig Zombar

    Song of the Year 2013. *hands Soupy fake Grammy* here you go sir.

    Rybread 28

    Best songs of 2013 in order to me

    1. The mother we share by Chvrches
    2. Car radio by twenty one pilots
    3. Last hope by paramore
    4. The devil in my blood stream by the wonder years

    Nick Close-Innis

    not a big fan of paramore or twenty one but yeah chvrches are great love listening to them and the wonder years

    Rybread 28

    @Nick Close-Innis agree

  37. Craig Zombar

    and this song did not win a single fucking award.

  38. Julia Rose

    Who is the girl singing with him? Holy shit they're amazing together.

    Chance Parham

    +Julia Rose Laura Stevenson

    Julia Rose

    +Chance Parham thank you

  39. ilana

    This. Song.

  40. Laura O'Brien

    Who's the girl doing backing vocals in this song?

    Kellin Quinn

    +Laura O'Brien Laura Stevenson

  41. amethystqveen

    my grandpa committed suicide this thanksgiving...so this hits home way too hard. love this song. miss you, gramps.

    morgan pontsler

    +amethystqveen Sorry for you loss man, hope you're feeling better c:

    Julia Givens

    Im so sorry love stay strong

    Kimmie B

    Sorry for your loss love stay strong <3 <3

    James Clifford Frederick Welch

    I wanna be strong :[ but it's not easy anymore; I'm hoping I'm wrong.

  42. Jack McCann

    "Oh i just wanted to see a little bit of everything'

    every single listen that part gets to me. holy shit.

    Julia Givens

    There songs are to relatable

    highwire33

    What does that part mean?

  43. Alynna Clarisse Ramos

    "I know how it feels to be at war with a world that never loved me" this song just fucks me up.

    Julia Givens

    This band just hurts my heart

    Julia Givens

    But I love it so much

    Rybread 28

    This is the wonder years best song to me. This song just does things to me. Like this song makes me get chills, makes me cry, makes me get goosebumps and makes me feel like I'm on drugs (I never ever done drugs)

  44. Sonny Etchell

    "I know how it feels to be at war with a world that never loved me"

    Damn...

  45. Emily G

    "Depression grabbed his throat and choked the life out of him slowly. I've got the same blood coursing through my veins it will come for me eventually." Damn that line hits so hard

  46. Ethan Foster Productions

    Hey Everyone! I just made a Fan Made video to There, There! I hope you guys check it out! I just thought it'd be fun haha

  47. sixth night

    I need to see them live some day....

  48. Helena Rosa Bertinelli

    I can't stop listening to this ever since seeing them in October last year.
    They played this as their encore song and my face is still melted off. (:

  49. WackOJackOshow

    this is my go-to "turn off the lights, crawl into bed, hug a pillow, and cry" song

    MikeWithaBike

    +RachelPTV same

    Repordo

    try terrible things by mayday parade

    Kai Wang

    yep same

    Julie V

    Me too. I listened to this when I was in my lowest point of my life. I was very depressed

  50. Brandon Kline

    Non stop chills when listening to this song, it's one of my favorite songs by them

  51. Justin Tierno

    This could have easily been an Aaron West song.

    Bryce Fullagar

    but this is real, the aaron west story isn't

    Mitchell Paddock

    +Andrew Fullagar Aaron West may be fictional, but that album is nothing but real

    Bryce Fullagar

    +Mitchell Paddock true. that album fucks me up

  52. 痛苦Armon

    NO MAMES NO MAMES NO MAMES NO MAMES PERFECTA

  53. Sam Smith

    It's 6am and I've no sleep but I found this song for the first time and I had to listen to before I went to sleep

  54. Ethan & Ryan Glass

    Who the hell disliked this?

  55. Nicholas Worthem

    This song is brilliant.

    "Two blackbirds on a highway sign are laughing at me at four in the morning..."

  56. Ninja Penguin

    The moment where he yells "I bet I'd be a fucking coward". Gets me every time.

    Duck Sargent

    shivers everytime god dammit

  57. Tiana O'Neal

    I know how it feels to be, at war with a world that never loved me.

  58. manny phantom

    Seth Rollins' playlist brought me here.

  59. Peyton Weir

    I live in north Missouri. :D

    Repetition Repetition Repetition Repetition

    Possibly the most boring part of the US. Congrats.

  60. Connor Faris

    the line I wanted to know if i could please come home makes me super depressed, as someone who gets homesick bad and battles depression and anxiety daily

  61. Stephen Skoglund

    I cried like a baby when I saw them play this live. So much raw emotion..

  62. Faithh M

    this gives me goosebumps

  63. Jimmy Balch

    Depression sucks

    Sam Smith

    If you ever wanner talk my kik gemma_goble and my Facebook Gemma Goble I won't judge

  64. Rowan dubin-masuck

    this song is so amazing

  65. Joelyg1

    Depression grabbed his throat
    And choked the life out of him slowly.

  66. Alejandro Tuzon

    "And i just wanted to know, if i could please come home" hits me really hard..

  67. Tessa Holden

    For some reason, this song reminds me of the scene in Supernatural where Dean tells Sam about Hell.

    Ben Austin

    AGREED!!! When i think of this song and the whole album I think of SN!

    taylor alexis

    well now i am sad

    taleea

    @scotchbonnetxoxo NO

    taleea

    @scotchbonnetxoxo i cant escape the spn feels anywhere

    Grandma

    it reminds me of american horror story for some fucking reason

  68. Skylar Rauscher

    New alarm tone: 2:00

    Shaun Gibbons

    That is perfect !

  69. Mason Mcveigh

     it'll come for me eventually. I bet I'd be a fucking coward.
    chills

  70. Zoe

    This always gives me chills. 

  71. Rodrigo Baeza

    firework from katy perry melody?

    Joe P

    wow thanks for making me notice that.  

    Ellena Baker

    @Joe Pontiac  I'm so glad it's not just me!! I pointed it out to my boyfriend and I thought he might cry ahaha

  72. Dana Rosney

    This whole album is telling a story I think, cause he repeats the same lyrics in different songs and in I just want to sell out my funeral explains it all. That song is by far the best on the album, my favorite. This is the best album of 2013 in my opinion.

    Connor Faris

    its about him battling depression

  73. soccergurl26598

    Depression grabbed his throat and choked the life out of him slowly. I've got the same blood coursing through
    my veins; it'll come for me eventually. I bet I'd be a fucking coward.
    Ive listened to this song like 50 times and it still gets me every fucking time

  74. Kimmie Brogan

    the beginning of this song puts my dog to sleep. then when the "i'd bet i be a fucking coward" part comes she just jolts awake lol.

  75. Danielle Armstrong

    Can someone please explain what this song is about

    soccergurl26598

    Its all about interpertation but I see it as him going home to his grandfathers funeral. He talks about how depression got the best of his grandpa and tht it might get the best of him too. 

    Lucas Garibaldi

    @soccergurl26598 I heard it's about war

    Skylar Rauscher

    @Gary L Maybe his grandpa was a war veteran who eventually killed himself because of PTSD?

    Connor Faris

    its about how he couldnt face what his grandpa went through and how he feels the secondhand emotion from it... i think

    life boats

    +Connor Faris it interweaves all three of the mentioned themes. The song specifically is partly about his grandfather and how he suffered from depression, and how Soupy suffers from depression and how he inherited it from his grandfather, as mentioned earlier, the whole album as a whole has undertones about how the generation that fought in World War ii is the best generation and it is our generation's responsibility to prove ourselves and undertones about fighting in world war ii.

  76. Joe P

    I never gave this band a chance because I don't like pop-punk.  But I started listening to this album a week ago and have been listening non-stop. It's definitely one of my favorite albums ever.

    eli forged

    Look up neck deep... Crushing grief, or a part of me

    life boats

    @Joe Pontiac fireworks - run brother run

    Hades In Olympus Band

    DRIFT! never saw this comment before. but so glad to see another fan of erra on here. honestly that album got me through some suicidal shit. - Landon of Hades In Olympus

    Wil Brown

    I don't pay attention to genres anymore. Just like what sounds good to you. Easier that way.

    JimWearsPants

    @eli forged In Bloom...December... The Beach is for Lovers, Not Lonely Losers

  77. Dillon Knapp

    Gram pa Ill miss you. In couple more hours ye'll be dead i'm so sorry you got sick. You won the war from the start.

  78. Dead Channel

    fucking in love with this song..

  79. dylan zell

    My sisters car died in the freezing cold this thanksgiving. When we got it back on the first thing we heard was "I bet i'd be a fucking coward" on full blast. best thanksgiving ever.

    Skate And Destroy

    :( you´re a big person! good luck and you are not a coward ;)

  80. Jake Umbs

    It's like I'm falling in love all over again, but this time there's cookies and coconut milk offered to me.

  81. sportsmaniac721

    Any band who wants to make a serious pop punk album is going to have to top this one and a honestly i don't think it will be done, not for a long time at least. No band around today has all the pieces (vocalists, lyricists, musicians, creativity) to do it. I think this will be the defining pop punk album for generations to come

  82. sportsmaniac721

    a lot of people are going to disagree with this, but I think you're right. Sonically and lyrically, they're the best the game's ever seen.

  83. Eric Twing

    I BET I'LL BE A FUCKING COWARD :/

  84. Cale Barajas

    we went down on a buffalo

  85. Joshua Darko

    the wonder years are the best pop punk band to ever do it period

  86. yagsandcinder

    This album is nothing more than pure genius. Best album put out this year!

  87. Ian Carlucci

    I feel that. I think they're trying to tell their audience to question how you live your life and if it really really makes you happy

  88. Panda Carpenter

    This song makes me question my existence and I love every bit of it.

  89. Erin Hill

    This song literally makes me tear up every single time. "I wanna be strong. But it's not easy anymore."

  90. Brittany Williams

    Can't *

  91. Brittany Williams

    I completely and totally misjudged this song when my boyfriend (ex now) told me about it. I didn't understand a lot about everything going on until I hears this song. Now I can stop listening to it. ♥

  92. Tyler Feger

    Except this is good.

  93. il buon marco

    -two blackbirds on a highway sign
    -baby you're a firework
    nearly the same

  94. Rosie Cousins

    I've always got to stop whatever I'm doing and listen properly to the 'fucking coward' scream roar bit, oh my God such a fucking awesome song, gives me goosebumps.

  95. Minishcap1

    Sorry to hear that man, try and stay positive! It makes all the difference in the world.

  96. Sir Penzibus.

    I see the Devil in the bloodstream as the cancer.
    The cancer got my grandad, depression grabbed his throat, and he died.
    I wento thru cancer aswell, but i KNOW itll come for me.
    I read his memoirs, with his goodbyes he also wrote that he loved me like he loved his onw children.
    I burst into tears every single time i hear this song.

  97. BigAlboski8666

    Perfection.