Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey Lyrics

[Verse 1:]
Oh, sweet thing
Zion doesn't love you
And Babylon don't love you
But you love everything
Oh, you saint
America don't love you
So I could never love you
In spite of everything

In the dark of this place
There's the glow of your face
There's the dust on the screen
Of this broken machine
And I can't help but feel
That I've made some mistake
But I let it go
Ya Hey [3x]

Through the fire and through the flames
(Ya hey [2x], Ut Deo, ya hey [2x])
You won't even say your name
(Ya hey [2x], Ut Deo, ya hey [2x])
Through the fire and through the flames
You won't even say your name
Only "I am what I am"
But who could ever live that way?
(Ya Hey [2x])
Ut Deo, Ya Hey
Ut Deo, Deo

[Verse 2:]
Oh, the motherland don't love you
The fatherland don't love you
So why love anything?
Oh, good God
The faithless they don't love you
The zealous hearts don't love you
And that's not gonna change

All the cameras and files
All the paranoid styles
All the tension and fear
Of a secret career
And I can't help but feel
That you've seen the mistakes
But you let it go
Ya Hey [3x]


Outside the tents, on the festival grounds
As the air began to cool, and the sun went down
My soul swooned, as I faintly heard the sound
Of you spinning "Israelites"
Into "19th Nervous Breakdown"


Through the fire and through the flames
You won't even say your name
Only "I am what I am"
But who could ever live that way?
(Ya Hey [2x])
Ut Deo, Ya Hey
Ut Deo, Deo

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Vampire Weekend Ya Hey Comments
  1. shaheed00

    "I AM (THAT/WHAT) I AM ... YHWH. it's a Biblical reference from Exodus. It's What YHWH spoke to Musa, Mosche, Mosheh, Moses "through the fire through flames" of the burning bush. Peace Be Upon Him

  2. Sh'Ē is v't

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    Alioengradzfrum' Phenile Lilya-Lilly aunt

  3. Sugar Honey Ice Tea

    who else came here because of lindsey buckingham's playlist?

  4. Sir Vict0r

    This song is so fucking good.

  5. Nicolas kevin Gutierrez torres

    2019 alguien ?

  6. Ingrid Bock

    One of my favorite songs ever - brilliant writing <3

  7. David Edmonson

    Merry Christmas


  8. Kev 98

    Loveeee ittttt

  9. Jamie Gomez

    Yahweh in Hebrew

  10. Papa Wheelie

    Please could we get a version of this wonderful song without the chipmunks in the chorus?

  11. donald

    prestigiando essa obra de arte, agora e pra sempre
    03/12/2019 20:15

  12. David Cripps

    There's no doubt these are a talented bunch but lets give credit to the amazing sound production :-)

  13. Johann Fowl

    I feel this is about someone who actually believes that God exists, but can't really find a way to connect or understand him. For this person, God seems to be someone who loves all, but from afar; he's mysterious, almost as if it didn't want to get involved with people.

    Davy Roger

    Or has come to terms with his non-existence. Like a lot of songs, the meaning really depends on who's listening

  14. From this position

    Of COURSE there is a slight pause at ‘Fatherland’ absolute genius..

  15. Eve Fat

    Hola buen dia desde México. Alguien que la traduzca a español por favor

    Alek Burciaga

    Oh dulzura
    Zion no te ama
    Y Babilonia no te ama
    Pero tú amas todo

    Oh, Santidad
    America no te ama
    Asi que nunca podré amarte
    A pesar de todo

    En la oscuridad del lugar
    Está el brillo de tu rostro
    Está el polvo en la pantalla
    De esta rota maquina

    Y no puedo hacer nada
    Más que sentir que he cometido errores
    Pero los dejo ir
    Ya Hey! Ya Hey! Ya Hey!

    A traves del fuego y las llamas
    Ni siquiera tu nombre dirás(x2)
    Solo "Soy lo que soy"
    Pero ¿Quien podría vivir así?

    Oh, la madre patria no te ama
    La patria no te ama
    Así que ¿Por qué amar?

    Oh, buen Dios
    Los hombres sin fe no te aman
    Los corazones recelosos no te aman
    Y eso no va a cambiar

    Toda cámara y archivo
    Todo tipo de paranoia
    Toda tensión y miedo
    De una secreta profesión
    Y no puedo hacer nada
    Más que sentir que tú ves los errores
    Y los dejas ir
    Ya Hey! Ya Hey! Ya Hey!

    A través del fuego y las llamas
    Ni siquiera tu nombre dirás
    A través del corazón y las llamas
    Ni siquiera tu nombre dirás
    Tú dices "Soy lo que soy"
    Pero ¿Quien podría vivir así?
    Ut deo

    Fuera de las carpas
    En las tierras festivas
    El aire comenzó a enfriar
    Y el Sol bajó
    Mi alma de desvaneció
    Al escuchar debilmente el sonido
    De ti exclamando "Israelites"
    En la 19ena ruptura nerviosa

    A través del fuego y las llamas
    Ni siquiera tu nombre dirás (x2)
    Solo "Soy lo que soy"
    Pero ¿Quien podría vivir así?

    A través del fuego y las llamas
    Ni siquiera tu nombre dirás (x2)
    Solo "Soy lo que soy"
    Pero ¿Quien podría vivir así?

    Ut Deo, Deo.

  16. heroyouu

    im only here because this song was the only song my dad listened to and he passed away recently and now im crying while listening to this

  17. Carrie-Anne R.


  18. gaviota blanca

    Menuda canción más subliminal no??

    Alek Burciaga

    Yes, tiene un mensaje tan profundo en una sola canción

  19. DroolingLizard

    2013 seems like it was just yesterday

  20. Hunter Chalfant

    how does anyone downvote this???

  21. Parkha Sethi

    Vampire weekend songs are just so confusing and wonderful.

  22. heikalmazlen

    a piece of art suitable for those going through a crisis of faith.

  23. Ethan Cann

    thanks kaptain

  24. Wöłf fåįñ

    I love this song

  25. Corey Collins

    🛸🌐 #Saint

  26. pazinq

    This song makes me feel nostalgic.

  27. Brian

    Who is listening in 2019? Stranger Things brought me here. This song has special memories for me because it was playing on the radio when my father drove my mother to the hospital to give birth to me. Just give me a thumb already!

    Shannon H.N.

    How old are you?

  28. very confused bot

    I wish they could add this song to the soundtrack of american gods

  29. Sarai Rocha

    Adoro a estos tipos 💜

  30. Garreth Goodworth

    Best song of 2013. Hands down.

  31. Gianmarco Boncompagni

    21st century Pet Sounds, a true masetrpiece

  32. Jose Rodriguez

    God's silence

  33. Only here for the memes

    Lmao the “?” when he’s speaking Latin
    It’s Ut Deo, which means “As God”
    It’s basically Ezra disguising the questioning of God so he doesn’t get boycotted :P

  34. El Rushpac

    Daddy has the song on the computer

  35. Zack Perkins

    Don’t get it twisted. This song is about God.

  36. fedechiossone

    Este disco es una locura, gracias.

  37. Zack Perkins

    The most beautiful song I’ve ever heard .

  38. Alfonso Monroy IV

    I really enjoy this song....thanks i hope to see you soon again...

  39. kai

    still here after 6 years


    Yahusha loves you

  41. Nuno Santana

    So good

  42. Wellington Jesus Costa

    Ótima música 🎶🎵👌❤️

  43. Wellington Jesus Costa


  44. neros1234

    I freaking love this band!!!

  45. Valeria Reyna

    Pleas help me to save the planet 🙏

  46. AmalCorinne Routeau

    Great song, powerful message, thank you 🙏

  47. Shlarry

    Holy shit, is that Christina Applegate?


    I scoff at Constantine's grab at power, but can I join you for Satyr at some point? I'm a Paegan Cherokee btw.

  48. Enoc Neria

    2019 love this song😄ya hey

  49. Zack Perkins

    This song is just beautiful. Can’t believe more people have listened to it.

  50. spaboos06


  51. Cj Smith

    2019 and still my fav song

  52. Flexgado24

    If People only knew who this song was talking about. Ya Hey is the Name used called to God Yahweh In not using his real name I AM THAT I AM is what God said his name was to Moses when he was talking to him through the Bush The was on Fire.

  53. Kevin Burress

    He doesn't know who the joke is on? And the few that matter.

  54. K H

    I cant wait to movw to new york

  55. Michael

    Beautiful song ruined by that ridiculous meowing

  56. Danton Steele

    youre no mormon.youre from new york

    Benawesome BW

    He's jewish...

  57. SubterraneanHomesickAlien

    “I AM THAT I AM” loves you x

  58. RAF71chingachgook

    Christ said "I am that I am". They picked up stones to stone him because he was saying that he was the God of the Old Testament. Pretty heavy stuff for VW. I think there's a ref to Pilate - Christ wouldn't tell him his name.

  59. a b b y

    beautiful song

  60. Tomato TCG

    Always will love

  61. Danton Steele

    hanes her way models

  62. Danton Steele

    flytape earrings

  63. Emily Cowles

    Whyyy the chipmunk noises?! This song would be perfect without that but that ruins it for me

  64. Metalcell

    OMG! I've heard this song before but skipped it but today I heard the whole song and it freaking awesome!

  65. Danton Steele

    hot air pastry bag.cold temperatures.dehydrated skin on your feet...leaks vs suction...

  66. March Tenth


  67. Yaye

    Israel is a terrorist state that does genetic testing for citizenship status for jews from the soviet union. Google lavon affair.

    Milena Orlando


  68. Sparky Newman

    I finally get it: Through the fire and through the flames have a bottle of champagne with you at all times.

  69. Geankarlo Díaz

    Hermosa canción

  70. Scoobs


  71. Annette Testa

    I'm here in 2019!! WOOOOOW!

    Carrie-Anne R.

    Me too Sunday. 3-24-19 2:26AM. Ya Hey

  72. Lucca Karlos

    2019 canción para comenzar el día.

  73. dylan oliver

    1:42 lmfaooo

  74. Brudderr Az

    I just got high to this and it was beautiful

  75. omasenkelproductions

    where is the new album? you (great) hack frauds!

  76. warofthemonsters1

    Am I the only one who is interested to hear Israelites spun into 19th Nervous Breakdown?

  77. bunny bb

    Love this song and miss you sooo much

  78. Alejandra Chávez

    1:42 wtf, hahahahha

  79. Chavia Zeta

    It's about God!

  80. 11 358

    Here after five years and I still not loving this video ))

  81. beni 16v aviles

    que buena rola 😍😍

  82. sethaaron

    Thx conditioning

  83. José Augusto dos Santos


  84. danielli linhares

    I can't help but I feel, that I make some mistake. But I let it go.

  85. kewltony

    my favorite outkast song

  86. Hamlet Giragosian

    Sparkling wine is too sweet for my taste. But I aspire to love it.

  87. Brandon Minikwu

    Damn again. Finally realized the point of this vid. Nice.

  88. Brandon Minikwu

    Damn. The good old VW days. Amaze.

  89. Jeremy Mell

    oh my god i was doing my history homework while listening to this and i was reading about the babylonian empire and then the song was all like babylon don't love you and i was s h o o k coincidence?? this is the first time i ever listened to this song and b r u h its actually not half bad

  90. kari Coca


  91. Samuel Bantien

    The part with ‘Fatherland don’t love you’ is very telling, the music skips a beat, almost stopping as a bottle of champagne drops like a bomb. Hugely poignant, and a lesson for us all..

  92. In Lucem

    a modern day Psalm. I like it very much.

  93. Johann Fowl

    This song makes me feel like when I read "His Dark Materials"