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Somewhere Only We Know
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Somewhere Only We Know

Keane
Album:
Hopes and Fears

Song Meaning and Background of Somewhere Only We Know by Keane


Tim Rice-Oxley wrote the first demo sometime around 2001. "Hammering away on the piano" is how Rice-Oxley explained how the tune came to be. Inspired by the song "Heroes" by David Bowie, which had a great catchy beat and is enjoyable to drive along to.


Richard Hughes, Keane's drummer, explained the song meaning on Chris Flynn's fansite:

 

'We've been asked whether "Somewhere Only We Know" is about a specific place, and Tim has been saying that, for him, or us as individuals, it might be about a geographical space, or a feeling; it can mean something individual to each person, and they can interpret it to a memory of theirs...It's perhaps more of a theme rather than a specific message...Feelings that may be universal, without necessarily being totally specific to us, or a place, or a time...'


Lyrics of Somewhere Only We Know by Keane


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

So tell me when you're gonna let me in

I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

 

I came across a fallen tree

I felt the branches of it looking at me

Is this the place we used to love?

Is this the place that I've been dreaming of?

 

Oh simple thing where have you gone?

I'm getting old and I need something to rely on

So tell me when you're gonna let me in

I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

 

And if you have a minute why don't we go

Talk about it somewhere only we know?

This could be the end of everything

So why don't we go

Somewhere only we know?

Somewhere only we know?

 

Oh simple thing where have you gone?

I'm getting old and I need something to rely on

So tell me when you're gonna let me in

I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

 

And if you have a minute why don't we go

Talk about it somewhere only we know?

This could be the end of everything

So why don't we go?

So why don't we go?

 

Ah-ah-ah

Ah-ah-ah

 

This could be the end of everything

So why don't we go

Somewhere only we know?

Somewhere only we know?

Somewhere only we know?

Release Date

2004

Songwriter/s

Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes

Producer/s

Andy Green, James Sanger, Keane

Label/s

Island, Interscope

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