“Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs keeps coming on Alt-Nation on XM radio.The song is from their 2003 album, Forever to Tell.

(You have to click on the link and watch it on YouTube.) I remember when I first saw the video on MTV2 or FUSE or some channel like that. I immediately loved it and then proceeded to forget all about it. Hearing it again on the radio seemed familiar, but I didn’t really remember it until I saw the video again (I’m such a visual person).

There’s not much to the song (or the video) but I love its simplicity, I guess. And Karen O’s way of pleading, “They don’t love you like I love you,” towards the end of the song. It’s a very emotional song — maybe simplicity is the best way to evoke strong feeling.

Here are the lyrics:

Pack up
I’m straight
Enough
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say

Wait, they don’t love you like i love you
Wait, they don’t love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-a-ps, wait!
They don’t love you like i love you…

Made off
Don’t stray
My kind’s your kind
I’ll stay the same

Pack up
Don’t stray
Oh, say say say
Oh, say say say

Wait! they don’t love you like i love you
Wait! they don’t love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-aps, wait!
They don’t love you like i love you…
Wait! they don’t love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-aps, wait!
They don’t love you like i love you…

Wait, they don’t love you like i love you
Wait, they don’t love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-a-ps, wait!
They don’t love you like i love you…
Wait, they don’t love you like i love you
Ma-a-a-a-ps, wait!
They don’t love you like i love you…

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