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Somewhere Only We Know Lyrics

I walked across an empty land
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

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 11th 2013 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.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2012 report

    This is the one song that, every time I hear it, I can't help but cry. This is probably one of the most moving songs I've ever heard. I believe it is a song that expresses one's love for one special person,and how they embrace everything around them,sing about everything that surrounds them, the nature, the people, everything; and then relate it all back to one special person. It is a truly moving song.

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2012 report

    I thinks its about someone whose dying and he is reassuring the Person that he loves that it will be ok on the other side by referring to a time that their love was simple and uncomplicated and complete (oh simple thing where have u gone , I'm getting tiered and I need somewhere to begin) their trying to be strong for the ppl his leaving behind "(if u have a minute y don't we go talk about its somewhere only we know)" and while their reflecting on his life he tries to make amends with this person for their past mistakes ( this could be the end of everything) that's jus my interpretation beautiful song

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 1st 2011 report

    It makes me think of what we have lost as a whole of humanity. As if he is an old man regressing to a times when things were much more simple, technology or people in general. He wants things to go back to what they were when people were kind and not so focused on money etc.

  5. mhycangel
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    Sep 14th 2011 report

    This song is full of symbolism about life and living, and of people and things arounds us. It talks about simplicity of life versus the complicated one. The singer probably wanted a more simpler life which is very much different to his present life. The song might also refer to the "past" possibly about two people, being friends and then the sorrounding changes and so they did. It's can also mean the want to reconnect to something or someone you wanted to or the desire to reach out to someone or tell them that they were important and they mean everything to you. It could also mean yourself, having problems or just an odd feeling of wanting to return to a much simpler life, or yet to start everything new. "I'm getting old and I need something to rely on", refers to the possibility of getting tired of facing the world alone and you want someone whom you can reconnect to or share your feelings. There is the person you want to reconnect yourself to but it seems impossible for you to reach out. "So tell me when you gonna let me in", the question of when that person will ever allow you to enter his/her life. "If you have a minute why dont we go?", possibly seeing someone having a problem and you want to help that person, "talk about it somewhere only we know". "This could be the end of everything, so why dont we go? somewhere only we know", refers to the desire to be a part of someone's life, the one you wanted for so long and the one whom you probably wanted to help, and have share of everything you have in this world. "Somewhere only we know" doesnt have to refer to a place. It might be a feeling, a thing, a desire, or just a thought. It is very symbolistic to each and everyone of us.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2011 report

    I love this site, you can write all the things you want almost like a blog jeje. Anyway, this song brings memories of some girl, which I met. I don't know exactly the reasons of her taste but, the lyrics are not too complicated, au contraire the lyrics are set for everybody to understand. :)

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  7. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2011 report

    This makes me think of the end of the world :-( Love this song, but it reminds me of sometime in my past that I can never go back to, or the future (end of the world). Makes me feel nostalgic and somewhat sad.

  8. y2jay
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    Nov 19th 2007 report

    ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ is a song which has blessed the emotions and the mind-sets of all of us and our surroundings. It is a song which connects us, in an innermost base desire to let go of our pressures, and our bad misfortunes, and entering of a new dawn from the close of an earlier dew. It makes one visually manifest upon a winter night that this…that this is a song where people of all ages and current climate of mind can go through. I personally see myself when I was young…all the popularity I had, all the success I achieved…all the people I loved…now it’s all gone, and I need to go back, some how, anyhow, anywhere. The ‘where’ is known to me, but may not necessarily hold any importance to my situation, but it is something I relate to, and, in some deviant form of logic, we all do. Envisage and old man sitting by his camp-fire alone, looks wearily at the pictures of yesteryear, his mind fills with nostalgia, and he reminisces the days where he was at one with youth, his loved ones, his enemies and his own personal battles. He rejoices silently at his victories and laughs at his shortcomings…the medals from the war, the victorious parades on London’s Cable street, the women, the kids, the martinis and the kisses under the mistletoe…with youth and with pleasure…or even with sadness and the moment in motion…then, for an abrupt moment, he transfers himself back to essence and reality; juxtaposing himself with what is real and not inanimate. He is in his room, the fire is on his trousers and the cat just left through the flap…oh…and it’s snowing. Upon that, he thinks the battles which he lost so deeply are victories, and through their complexity, he find ease…hence, he sees how the simple things that have gone into the memories, have caused to him to wear down and get old…and due to his seemingly opaque meagerness, he sees no sign of reliance, hence he is calling out for help. That is the imaginative interpretation of it. To be honest, somewhere only we know is also a cry of nature, and the appreciation between things that we consider as inanimate and ourselves. He sees a fallen oak tree, and the branches ‘looking’ at him, this swift and subtle personification shows how much man has with nature, and how simple it is, and how we in our own ways have undergone a loud and pound metamorphosis from the simplicity into urban/technology mania. What HAPPENED TO SIMPLICITY? Like the ‘old days?’ This song in a cliched sense would proverbially relate to how ‘they don’t make ‘em like this anymore…’. So when we walk across an empty land (contrary to our industrial surroundings), I knew the path well like the back of my hand (showing how nature is all known to man, we are nature. The word hand…it was Eve’s hand wasn’t it)…I felt the earth beneath my feet…we see nature at its best.

    Finally, to fully interpret it to our sorrows, I feel this song shows a display of escapism, where we forget our troubles and all our worries and just disperse into nothingness to a utopian haven for which there is place to talk about it, for you and me…only, thus identifying the link between ones own self and ‘you’, possibly a love interest, hence, depicting how even loves sorrows can be drained out and made amends in a naturalistic way. To reiterate the point about unity of nature, you, me..it makes nature we. If nature is we, then we are nature, and if we are lovers, then lovers it self is nature. So the symbolic overtone of love is ever-represented in the song. If it wasn’t, then the concept of united linkage between love and nature would be dropped, and the song would have various compound meanings. In short, this song is an anti-diaspora of songs which depict the differential attitudes we may experience in so many demographical situations, or in practical problems like love and hate. I would commend the songwriter for brilliant insight.

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