“Losers” – The Belle Brigade

There will always be someone better than you.

This is how The Belle Brigade opens their song “Losers”. And it hooks you from the opening moment. The dreary vision of a life devoid of being the best. The vision of a life unburdened by social expectation. The rhythmic pounding of the guitar combined with the tight, soulful male/female harmonies and the odd backing loop create an atmosphere of odd optimism in this world.

The songwriting here is some of the strongest I’ve heard in recent months. The dynamic builds, the harmonies, the lyricism… and when we reach the triumphant “NO MORE”, you feel as victorious as Rocky after the stairs–if you remember the original, he lost too.

Here’s the lyrics. Read, listen, and love (agree or disagree with its philosophy):

There will always be someone better than you
Even if you’re the best
So let’s stop the competition now
Or we will both be losers

And I’m ashamed I ever tried to be higher than the rest
But brother I am not alone
We’ve all tried to be on top of the world somehow
‘Cause we have all been losers

I don’t wanna be laid down
No I don’t wanna die knowing
That I spent so much time when I was young
Just trying to be the winner

So I wanna make it clear now
I wanna make it known
That I don’t care about any of that shit no more

Don’t care about being a winner
Or being smooth with women
Or going out on Fridays
Being the life of parties
No, no more, no

There will always be someone worse than you
Sister don’t let it get to your head
‘Cause you won’t be on top of the world so long
In constant competition

This ain’t about no one in particular
But I could list a few
I’m removing myself from the queue

Don’t care about being a winner
Or being smooth with women
Or going out on Fridays
Being the life of parties
Don’t care about being harder
Or being Daddy’s favorite
Or if you think I’m a mimic
Or if I am a loser

Don’t care about being a winner
Or being smooth with women
Or going out on Fridays
Being the life of parties
Don’t care about being harder
Or being Daddy’s favorite
Or if you think I’m a mimic
Or if I am a loser

No, no more
No more
No more
No more
No more
No more

The Belle Brigade – “Losers”

About Dylan Visvikis

Dylan Visvikis is a working screenwriter and director in Los Angeles. View all posts by Dylan Visvikis

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