Riff: The Strokes – “Tap Out”

Mar 27, 2013

Decide my past/Define my life/Don’t ask questions/’Cause I don’t know why/I don’t listen/And I don’t speak/Well, it’s a talent/I don’t why

from Tap Out lyrics by The Strokes

Gleaming with trademark angular jabs and a throbbing key wave, main songwriter Casablancas colors things falsetto and 1986 right and quick, wailing on about being disaffected, complacent. On a record called Comedown Machine. With a lead track called “Tap Out.” Hello, Strokes? WTF? [LISTEN]

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.

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