Lyrics to DJ Shadow’s “Scale It Back”, featuring Little Dragon

I assume you’ve listened to the track just below this post or at this link. If, like me, you were left somewhat confused then you’ll have come up with incorrect lyrics such as those below. Do enjoy the process of figuring them out for yourselves and if an epiphany arrives then share with all of us: the confused.

Edit: Thanks to wupfunk, Ludros, Dan and teresaaa7 for the big improvements.

“Scale It Back”
Words written by Yukimi Nagano

I swear I saw blue light
My feet followed it outside
And I thought I heard someone say
Fly far away
And when you reach up the sky is there

This clueless weather know
We swing the waves, and let it go
Until I heard someone say
Over a horizon and beyond
Oh, where you’re reach and knocked over stars

Like light I came from pocket finesse
Every moment I see with eye closed
Take me to places where we can start
Like light I came from pocket finesse, every

Nothing can steal this treasure from us, babe
I’m still in luck– now
Fighting the sounds

Take chances and come closer to me babe
I’m fallin’ out – now

12 thoughts on “Lyrics to DJ Shadow’s “Scale It Back”, featuring Little Dragon”

  1. here’s what i could make out from taking the acapella and slowing it down, still not 100% convinced of all of it though:

    i swear i saw blue light
    my fear followed it outside
    and i thought i heard someone say
    fly far away
    and when you reach up the sky is there

    this clueless weather know
    we swing the weights and let it go
    until i heard someone say
    over the rise and beyond
    oh when you reach and knocked over stars

    like light i came from pocket movements
    every moment i see with eye closed
    take me to places where we can start
    like light i came from pocket movements

    ooh, ooooooh

    nothing can steal this treasure from us babe
    in sin and luck

    now

    fighting the sounds
    take chances and come closer to me babe
    i’m fallin out

    now

    take chances and come closer to me babe
    i’m fallin out

  2. not sure if it matters too much but I hear over the ‘horizon’ rather than over the ‘rise’
    and Robotaki remix of this song FTW

  3. There’s a song from the 70s from Candi Station called “Young Hearts Run Free” and I could swear that the piano riff on “Scale it Back” is a slowed down sample from the chorus of that song.

  4. 2012 YOU ARE PROBABLY RIGHT!!
    SHADOW LOVES TO PULL OLD , KOOL RIFFS OF PIANO, GUITAR, ETC.. OFF OF R/B ,BLUES,JAZZ AND ELECTRONICA….
    HE HAS EVEN USED BJORKS VOCALS AS A RHYTHM GUITAR-LIKE SECTION !

  5. When I listen to this song, I always hear “Nothing can steal this treasure from my spade” instead of “Nothing can steal this treasure from us, babe”, but that’s probably just me.

  6. Ok, up to the point where most folks believe she gets to, “Like light I came to pocket finesse” , even I was fooled.

    I played that particular section over a few times and this is what I made out to some extent:

    I’d (like ) ra (light) ther (i) give up and give in, keep on suffering, beaucoup merci. We come close to Angel places where we can stop, I’d rather give up and keep on, keep on suffering,
    Oooooh,
    OoooOoh.

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