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Hey Ho
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Hey Ho

The Lumineers
Album:
The Lumineers

Song Meaning of Hey Ho by The Lumineers, and what it is about


"Hey Ho" by The Lumineers, released in 2012 as part of their self-titled debut album, is a catchy and upbeat folk-rock anthem that captures the band's signature sound. While the song may seem lighthearted and celebratory on the surface, its lyrics convey a more complex emotional landscape, touching on themes of love, self-discovery, and the challenges of relationships.


The repetitive and spirited refrain of "Hey, ho, let's go" serves as a rallying cry, creating a sense of camaraderie and unity. This phrase, reminiscent of traditional folk and protest songs, adds an anthemic quality to the track. However, the verses tell a more nuanced story.


The lyrics suggest a tumultuous romantic relationship, with lines like "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart." These words convey a sense of longing and a desire for connection, but the song's overall tone hints at the difficulties and struggles inherent in the relationship.


The repetition of the word "ho" in the chorus, often heard as an interjection, adds a touch of playfulness to the song. However, it's crucial to note that the word "ho" is sometimes used as slang for a promiscuous person, which may introduce an element of irony or complexity to the lyrics. The contrast between the upbeat melody and the potential depth of the narrative adds layers to the song's meaning.

In addition to its lyrical content, the song's arrangement plays a significant role in conveying emotions. The Lumineers' folk-inspired instrumentation, including acoustic guitar, stomping percussion, and Wesley Schultz's distinctive vocals, contributes to the song's charm and accessibility.


Song lyrics of Hey Ho by The Lumineers


(Ho!)

(Hey!)

(Ho!)

(Hey!)

 

(Ho!) I've been trying to do it right

(Hey!) I've been living a lonely life

(Ho!) I've been sleeping here instead

(Hey!) I've been sleeping in my bed

(Ho!) Sleeping in my bed

(Hey!)

 

(Ho!)

 

(Ho!) So show me family

(Hey!) All the blood that I will bleed

(Ho!) I don't know where I belong

(Hey!) I don't know where I went wrong

(Ho!) But I can write a song

(Hey!)

 

1, 2, 3

I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart

I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweet

 

(Ho!)

(Hey!)

(C'mon girl)

(Ho!)

(Hey!)

 

(Ho!) I don't think you're right for him

(Hey!) Look at what it might have been if you

(Ho!) took a bus to China Town

(Hey!) I'd be standing on Canal

(Ho!) and Bowery

(Hey!)

(Ho!) And she'd be standing next to me

(Hey!)

 

1, 2, 3

I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart

I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart

 

Love. We need it now

Let's hope for some

'Cause, oh, we're bleeding out

 

I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart

I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweet

 

(Ho!)

(Hey!)

(Ho!)

(The last one)

(Hey!)

Release Date

2012

Songwriter/s

Wesley Schultz, Jeremy Fraites

Producer/s

Julius Gatuma

Label/s

Dualtone

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