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Hard to Explain
220px-The Strokes - Is This It cover
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Hard to Explain is the eighth song of the 1st album of The Strokes: Is This It.

LyricsEdit

Was an honest man

Asked me for the phone

Tried to take control


Oh, I don't see it that way

I don't see it that way


Oh, we shared some ideas

All obsessed with fame

Says we're all the same


Oh, I don't see it that way

I don't see it that way


Raised in Carolina

"I'm not like that"

Trying to remind her

When we go back


I missed the last bus, I'll take the next train

I try but you see, it's hard to explain

I say the right things, but act the wrong way

I like it right here, but I cannot stay

I watch the TV; forget what I'm told

Well, I am too young, and they are too old

The joke is on you, this place is a zoo

"You're right it's true"


Says he can't decide

I shake my head to say

Everything's just great


Oh, I just can't remember

I just can't remember


Raised in Carolina, she says:

" I'm not like that"

Trying to remind her

When we go back


I say the right things but act the wrong way I like it right here but I cannot stay

I watch the TV; forget what I'm told

Well, I am too young, and they are too old

Oh, man, can't you see I'm nervous, so please

Pretend to be nice, so I can be mean

I miss the last bus, we take the next train

I try but you see, it's hard to explain

Music VideoEdit

Hard to Explain
The music video for this song was rarely broadcast on television because it did not contain enough shots of the band members, but was instead a montage of random stock footage shots of things that could be considered "hard to explain". It was directed by the team of Roman Coppola and Johannes Gamble (as well as an uncredited Julian Casablancas).

Footage of The Strokes playing "Take It or Leave It" from MTV2's Two Dollar Bill concert is used in the video. Amongst stock footage, the video contains footage from Magnum pi., Knightrider (both of which are credited),the film Brainstorm, a commercial for the 1970 Dodge Charger 500 (scene of a woman sitting in a car), a section from the cartoon of the film WarGames, NASA footage of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in orbit, the rocket engine firing of the Saturn V and image of particle tracks in a bubble chamber (which forms the album cover for '“Is This It').

Some of the stock footage was taken from the film Koyaanisqatsi, which was presented by Francis Ford Coppola.

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