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The Strokes – At The Door | Lyrics Review and Song Meaning

Produced by the legendary producer Rick Rubin, the rock band The Strokes have returned with a brand new single from a brand new album after a seven-year hiatus. The new single “At The Door” is about human connections and their versatility in the modern world. Let us take a look at the lyrics and meaning in depth below.

The new single is the first taste of what’s to come on The Strokes’ upcoming sixth studio album titled ‘The New Abnormal.’ The album title suggests that there will be a lot of discussion on the current social affairs of the world. The album drops on April 10, 2020.

‘At the door’ could also be a reference to the Christian belief where people go to the Pearly Gates of heaven when they die. At this gate, the souls will be judged for good and bad and allowed to enter heaven if they were good and condemned to hell if they were bad.

The Strokes also released a brand new animated music video aligning with the theme of the song.

Watch the Music Video for “At The Door” by The Strokes

Verse 1

In the opening lyrics of the song, the band sing about being stuck in a rut. This is the easiest way to put human behaviour in modern society. Everybody is given goals and targets from their childhood and they keep on running behind them. This is one reason why there are so many mentally distressed teens today as they fail to reach their school, work, personal, societal goals on time.


This human condition has also impacted their relationships as well. Divorces and separations have become so common today. Why? Because we lose the human touch along with this race to a never-ending goal.

We often tend to prioritize our goals over our relationships as well. And this is not good for our mental health.

Verse 2

“Banging at the door” back at home could be a reference to the singer trying to get back to his conscience. But it will be a hard journey back.

But the demands of the world and society around you won’t stop. They will keep knocking at your door for results and achievements. There really is no escape from it all.


The singer is out there in the world, trying his best to fight the demons he has to meet every day in order to live his life. He says that this effort is not to build an empire, but just for survival. Life has really become meaningless in this rut.

Where is the end? When will it end? What are we left with in the end?

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