Keane: Somewhere Only We Know Meaning
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Somewhere Only We Know Lyrics
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete
Oh simple thing where have you gone
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
Somewhere... That's Manswer's Shaw, Battle, East Sussex.
Why? That's the place the band used to play everyday when they were young. That's the spot where King Harold II died during the Battle of Hastings in the 14th of October, 1066.
The "river" flows from the hill where the battle took place.
However, they're not talking about the battle but about the destruction people has made to that place. It's somewhere only they know because that place they used to know no longer exists but in their minds. The spirit on the video represents the fallen trees through the years. It's basically a song against those destroying nature around the world.
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2011 9:16pm report
This song is about a connection, to somebody or somewhere, whoever and wherever, that may be.
For me, it tells me about my mum, who I lost several years ago. I've mourned, and come through the grief. I'm happy and settled, and I have happy memories of my mum, but I miss her dearly.
The song takes me back to the simple little things we did, and the simple places that we went. The parks, the rivers, the trees.
I as grow old, I want those things so much more. I want my mum back, just for a minute, I want her to let me in. I want to show her my kids, I want to tell her what I've done.
Why don't we go, somewhere only we know.
anonymous Jul 3rd, 2011 7:57am report
This song is very touching to me. It sorta makes me emotional, in a good way, I guess. It makes me picture two people, hand-in-hand, sitting on one of the branches of a pear tree. The tree is on a hill, which looks over a huge field, with perfect-shade-of-green grass. The two people look out at a gorgeous sunset. The sky fades from a light blue to an orange and then to a yellow. They watch the golden-orange sun fade behind the horizon. They don't say anything, because they already know that they'll be there forever. But something changes, and they used to be best friends, but then they rarely see each other. But they still miss each other. From this, the song makes me think that it is about two people who were extremely close, and had their own special "spot", just for the them. It was a place where they felt a sense of security. They felt content serene. It could be the end of everything, for all we know, and they wouldn't care. They were fine just where they were. But time seems to fade, and the memories were forgotten. Don't get me wrong - I don't mean that they grew apart and went their seperate ways. I just mean that life rushed by, and changes were made without anyone actually thinking about the consequences. They grow older, yet miss what once was. It was a special spot for them. They couldn't exactly explain the feeling that their "spot" gave them, it was just "right". One of them comes across the place they used to hang out, and begins to wonder where it all went wrong. But he/she wants to fix it. The person wants to talk it out with the other person, just so they can relive those memories. Like the song says, "If you have a minute, why don't we go somewhere only we know...?"
anonymous Jun 3rd, 6:08pm report
This song is not about a person, but a place.
3 keane members, Tom, Richard and Tim all grew up in the same place which is also the place where the battle of hastings was fought.
They talk about how they returned back to the place where they grew up after not having succes in London as a band. They chased a dream that did not work out and they went back. They also talk about how they had alot of memories in Battle.
I think that they also miss the old times and how simple life was when they were younger
anonymous Apr 22nd, 4:50am report
To me, this song is more than everything I've heard about it. It makes me want to see something, something my eyes can not see on my own, but my heart can... it's odd to me, but it makes me pay closer attention to this song.
anonymous Feb 26th, 2:47am report
For me it reminds of those near me who is losing their memory. Dementia has hit home for me and when I hear this song it reminds when I brought then to places we only knew and for that short time they remember who they are. I always cry to this song because life is hard especially as we get older.
Fresco9435 Feb 15th, 2:50pm report
This song is about going back to where and when life was more simple. Man has unfortunately created with a sick intelligence this fast paced world where "money" and "time is money" predomjnates this so called "modern" life. This song reminds us all to go back to how things were. To go back to what life was before technology has screwed what the meaning of life is and what being alive really was meant to be and best exoerienced.This song reminds us to hold dear to the simple things, the simple places, and to all that speaks silently to our hearts. To seek a place where you are alone with our God, the Creator of the Universe, and the Maker of Man. Because only God can hear you now. The loud noises of this world and what this world offers leads to only death and confusion. We are only getting older but not wiser.
anonymous Nov 14th, 2019 11:23pm report
It's a song about the experience of childhood in the magical realm of innocence, when all things were sentient and watching over us, even the trees. That pure, basic sense of connection to all of nature is the Simple Thing. As we get older it's harder and harder to connect with the little child that we once were, but that child is still within us, and so is the Simple Thing.
anonymous Jul 2nd, 2018 7:08am report
This is about Earth.
He's an old man, and he can't believe that the Earth is slowly dying.
The path where he used to go is deserted due to pollution, and trees are falling down because of deforestation.
anonymous Jun 24th, 2018 6:07am report
I think that’s a song for your real love you’ve tried with many different people but it’s never that pure love you used to have...and you’re tired of unrealistic expectations of love and couples an you’re ready to settle down with that special someone who made it all easy and special without big effort just by staying by your side... he’s saying when you’re gonna let me in ?? I’m getting old and i need someone to rely on that means time’s ticking and you haven’t made your mind but I want you do you want me or no?? ... I don’t know
anonymous Jan 25th, 2016 1:07pm report
I think that he is trying to get through a hard time and is trying to push through it and br strong but this place is his safe place where he can think and he is seeking guidance from someone who isn't there or is dead who he had a strong relationship with and shared this place with them.
anonymous Oct 20th, 2015 10:01am report
its a person whom you never thought would be dear to your heart. That even though you no longer see or even talk to each other he will always have a soft spot in your heart. Thinking about the memories makes you want to go back because those are innocent memories when you felt your best.It means that the present is not yet convincing for you to forget those things in the past.
anonymous Jan 10th, 2015 1:35pm report
I think, personality, that this is about a dead love one. A man is remembering a close friend that somehow died and the man is trying to forget about his friend by sort of going down "Memory Lane" or going to where they would go alot in this case, the woods. But no matter how hard the guy tries, he can never forget his friend. So since he can't forget he just gets it out and goes kinda crazy and thinking that he sees his dead friend and getting so crazy that he kills himself and goes "Somewhere only we Know" or heaven where he sees his dead friend again.
anonymous Oct 25th, 2014 10:27pm report
Someone is trying to let go of the past. It also sounds like he's trying to let go of his loved ones like friends or family. To me, it sounds like someone the person was closed to died or moved away and the person has been avoiding anything that reminds him/her of that person and right after he/she left the person took a trip down memory lane and did it again sometime later.
anonymous Jun 18th, 2014 6:01pm report
This reminds me of my friend who is a girl and me (who is a boy). We were best friends and when we got to middle school we had till stop being friends or else people will start a rumor about us. When the song says, "somewhere only we know" I think of a place where me and my best friend can still be friends without gossip getting in the way.
anonymous Jun 18th, 2014 6:47pm report
This reminds me of my best friend who soon turned into something more than a friend. We were close for so long that it was hard to say goodbye when he had to go to a different school. This song is like how I remembered how life used to be with him. I wish he was with me today but I have to wait three years until I see him again. I think the song is someone remembering and trying to let go of a lover like how I let go of my best friend.
anonymous Jan 23rd, 2014 1:28pm report
"oh simple thing where have you gone" things are not that simpe anymore. As either distance or fondness grows it becomes more difficult. "and if you have a minute why don't we go talk about it somewhere only we know". Let's go back to that place and talk about it. Whatever it is.
anonymous Nov 11th, 2013 11:08am report
A man pleading with his lover lets go somewhere only we know. A happy place where they can talk. Even though he mentions this could be the end he means this could end all our problems and be the beginning of something for them. He's getting older and wants to be happy. It seems so simple to go to that place only they know. She has to open up to him to find the same happiness.
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