Lyrics

Lyrics: Bo Burnham – All Eyes on Me

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As the emotional climax of the show ‘Hands up’ is the releasing of emotion built up through the special up to this point.

In this song, Bo talks directly to the viewer, addressing the ego of being a performer, wanting to put himself back out on stage, receiving attention from his audience & a general feeling of futility.

The song itself is vague in parts, I personally believe Bo is talking about the special itself in terms of ‘it’s almost over’, but the feeling of uncertainty & hopelessness ‘has just begun’.

The song stylistically and thematically reminds me of “Can’t Handle This” from 2016’s Make Happy, with “Hands Up” becoming a sister song of sorts to this climax of his previous show. It even continues the story of the aforementioned song within its spoken-word segments.

[Spoken Intro]
Thank you very much. Thank you! You guys have been incredible, thank you. I couldn’t have done this without you guys. I couldn’t, really, I… This last year has been… You know, there have been times that, um… [Laughter] But just knowing you’re here, you know, feeling you here with me, um… Yeah, thank you. [Laughter and applause] You know, I hate to ask, because, uh, you have given me so much, but, I need you to do one more thing for me. Can you do that? [Laughter and applause]

[Chorus]
Get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seats
All eyes on me, all eyes on me
Get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seats
All eyes on me, all eyes on me

[Intro]
Are you feeling nervous? Are you having fun?
It’s almost over, it’s just begun
Don’t overthink this, look in my eye
Don’t be scared, don’t be shy
Come on in, the water’s fine

[Pre-Chorus]
We’re going to go where everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody, ooh
We’re going to go where everybody knows
Everybody knows

[Chorus]
Get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seat
All eyes on me, all eyes on me
Ey, come on, get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seat
All eyes on me, all eyes on me, yeah
[Post-Chorus]
Heads down, pray for me
Heads down, now, pray for me
Get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seat
All eyes on me, all eyes on me

[Interlude]
You wanna hear a funny story? So, uh… Five years ago, I quit performing live comedy, because I was beginning to have severe panic attacks while on stage, which is not a good place to have them. So I quit. And I didn’t perform for five years, and I spent that time trying to improve myself mentally. And you know what? I did! I got better! I got so much better, in fact, that in January of 2020, I thought, “You know what? I should start performing again. I’ve been hiding from the world, and I need to re-enter.” And then, the funniest thing happened…

[Bridge]
Are you feeling nervous? Are you having fun?
It’s almost over, it’s just begun
Don’t overthink this, look in my eye
Don’t be scared, don’t be shy
Come on in, the water’s fine

[Verse]
You say the ocean’s rising—like I give a shit
You say the whole world’s ending—honey, it already did
You’re not gonna slow it, Heaven knows you tried
Got it? Good, now get inside

[Pre-Chorus]
We’re going to go where everybody knows
Everybody knows, everybody knows
We’re going to go where everybody knows
Everybody knows
[Chorus]
Get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seat
All eyes on me, all eyes on me
Come on get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seats
All eyes on me, all eyes on me, yeah

[Post-Chorus]
Hands down, pray for me
Heads down now, pray for me
I said, get your fucking hands up
Get up! Get up!
I’m talking to you—get the fuck up!

[Chorus]
Get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seat
All eyes on me, all eyes on me
Hey, c’mon, get your fucking hands up
Get on out of your seat
All eyes on me, all eyes on me, yeah

[Post-Chorus]
Come on, heads down, pray for me
Heads down now, pray for me
I said, get your fucking hands up
Get… [laughs]
All eyes on me, all eyes on me

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