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Riff: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Despair”

Apr 17, 2013

We’re all on the edge, there’s nothing to fear/Nothing to fear inside/Through the darkness and the light/Some sun has got to rise

from Despair lyrics by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Going for “Cheated Hearts,” anthemic glory, the YYYs give beauty a fine chase through a place of darkness again as KO spins a cathartic tale about becoming one with one’s despair in order to reach a place without fear. A kick-drum push, and some shimmering guitar later, a sun-rising pay-off occurs.

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. 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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