Nickelback: Someday Meaning
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Song Released: 2003
Why weren't we able, to see the signs that we missed
And try turn the tables
I wish you'd unclench your fists, and unpack your suitcase
Lately there's been too much of this
But don't think it's too...
It's been a while since I've seen the video, but if memory serves, the guy in the video died the day before in a bridge accident and in the video is just a ghost (which is why he doesn't leave any marks when he steps in the spilt milk) and his girl friend is crying over the fact that he died, and drives off and into an accident, killing her. Then the couple is together again and walks away.
I don't think the song has much to do with the video, however. The song sounds to be more about a guy who is having financial problems in his life and his relationship with his girlfriend is falling apart. He's telling her that he will make it right eventually and that they both have to hold on for a little longer.
anonymous Sep 14th, 2006 9:36am report
The young man in the video seems to be already dead. The video makes it look like she's leaving him because she's upset with him and he's telling her "someday it will all be better." however, you notice as she fixes her rear-view mirror, the young man is not seen. She was really leaving the house because she read in the newspaper that he had been killed. When she dies at the end, it's her soul that walks away, and he's there to meet her. The "someday" when it will all be better is when they meet in heaven.
anon7171973 Feb 25th, 2007 2:03am report
He's already dead in the video and she's devestated over it. The newspaper mentions a man killed in some sort of accident on a bridge. Watch closely at the spilt milk. She leaves milk footprints behind and he doesn't. This song is about a tragic ending to a strong relationship where both of them were a bit bottled up and never got the chance to open up and get the things that are hard to say off thier chest. It's actually a happy ending since all through the video the guy just can't communicate with his girl, though he's trying to stop her from getting in the car leads me to believe that he must know a bit about her tragic future since he's dead already. I say it's a happy ending since they are reunited in death. Perhaps he's trying to stop her from possibly surviving half parylized or seriously handicapped. It's a bit confusing but I think he's just frustrated and in just as much pain as she is as both of them had something they never expressed to one another.
"Lets rewrite an ending that fits instead of a hollywood horror"
That line says it all!
The video reminds me of the movie Ghost just a tad.
anonymous Apr 6th, 4:58am report
To those confused by the different interpretations, there are TWO versions of the video. The original shows her dying in the crash and reuniting with him and the newer version shows her surviving. In my opinion, the ending that "fits" would be the no survivor original since it seems they finally get resolution to whatever problem they had that led to his suicide. Of course, her realizing that life can still be lived after tragedy in the second version is a more inspirational ending. I still feel the original was way more impactful when I saw it.
anonymous Nov 24th, 2014 11:33am report
I think he is dead trying to calm her and the " someday somehow I'm gonna make it alright but not right now ,I know your wondering when (your the only one who knows that) " means he is telling her your the only one who knows when you can put my death to rest and when accident happens he "makes it alright "by helping her survive and that's why ppl look at her they can't believe she survived
anonymous Jun 10th, 2012 6:35am report
I have seen The video, but just listening to the lyrics u think its about a couple who have a serious connection but going through a tough spot. And he wants to make it better but can't yet because of the situation there stuck in, and wishes he could comfort her, wether there dating currently or broken up, there still in love....
anonymous Mar 25th, 2012 3:16pm report
I agree with some of what is said. The man died before he could make things better in the relationship. The woman is devestated gets in the car and this is where I have a problem...SHe walks out of the car and the people there at the accideny stare at her as she walks away. If she were a ghost then only he would see her. also she doesn't really look at him after the accident, just feels his pressence, which is comforting. Frankly I think she survived the accident, but thats what i get from the video
anonymous Dec 19th, 2011 12:54pm report
I think the song means that someday he would me the man he promised he would be, but he is just not there yet.
anonymous Sep 30th, 2011 9:23pm report
The protagonist is like a ghost or sth,it was obvious when he walked on the spilled milk and there were no foot prints, and when he was running behind her car and she didn't see him.. the man who died in the newspaper was the protagonist
anonymous Sep 24th, 2011 9:12pm report
He is already dead in a tragic bridge accident and you can tell because when there is spilled milk on the ground (which means don't fight over spilled milk) she leaves foot prints and he doesn't. At the end when she gets in the accident she does survive and doesn't die because when she walks through the crowd after she gets out of the car they are all staring at her so unless there dead too shes still alive but the guy hugs her after so she can go on living her life and he can move on to because he doesn't want to go without one last good bye so once he know she will be alright, that is why he disappears suddenly and she walks off.
anonymous May 20th, 2010 5:06pm report
The guy is obviously dead and she is very sad about it. He tries to stop her from running away (the milk tracks he doesn't leave and the rear veiw mirror). The only thing is I think she only died for a second because he could touch her. Then she came back to life because he disappeared but she just walked away.
anonymous Apr 14th, 2010 4:49pm report
I agree that he's dead. It's about don't argue about the big things because if you don't make up and one of you die you'll regret forever. At the end he disappears and she walks away which means she didn't die.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Aug 5th, 2009 8:52pm report
In the begining the lady storms out of the house looking mad the guy follows behind her and steps in the milk but does not leave any foot prints than he does noy apear in the rear view mirror finally at the you see that he was killed and now they are together in were ever it is that people go after this life.
anonymous Nov 17th, 2008 11:55am report
i believe this song is about our ignorance as to how precious life really is. if you have seen the music video, you see that the characters have numbers over their head, and these numbers represent how long they have to live. we as humans have no real way to know how long we have to live, so we should be thankful for everything we have and everyday is a blessing.
anonymous Nov 14th, 2008 11:26pm report
Obviously, the guy and the girl were probably fighting. He also appears dead, something I didn't realize when I first saw this video. She is crying because he is gone, that's why her footprints are seen and his are not. She runs away from her problems but the guy follows her, as if he is saying everything will be alright- someday. At the end, she gets in a car crash and dies, and they are finally reunited in the afterlife. They walk by the newspaper that describes this death.
anonymous Sep 11th, 2008 9:06pm report
I believe its partly been touched on but IMHO this song is more along the lines of a story with a moral, most people have been looking too hard at the video (the artists, not just Nickelback don't always have control over the vids that's what directors are for) anyways the moral is that "yeah we make mistakes, but given time some mistakes can be set right, hence - someday, somehow I'm gunna make it all right. just sometimes its not just down to us, sometimes others have to forgive and forget."
anonymous Jul 13th, 2008 7:41pm report
This is not my interpretation of the song, but to the people wondering about the music video, it is about a man whose wife starts crying after she reads a newspaper article. She starts packing like she is going to leave, and the man shouts at her but she does not seem to hear. He follows her out to her car, where she drives off, still ignoring him, and he chases after her. Finally, he has almost caught up with her when she runs a red light and collides with a truck, apparently having committed suicide. As people crowd around her car, the man sees her ghost emerge, and she can now see and hear him. It is revealed that the newspaper article was about him, the woman's husband, dying in a bridge accident. One clue as to why the woman cannot see the man is that she leaves footprints in the milk, while he does not.
I think the song is about a man and a woman going through a divorce, and the man wants the woman to know that it is not too late to change things.
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