"Wide Open Space" as written by Paul Edward Draper, Greg Downey and David Parkinson....
I'm in a wide open space, I'm standing
I'm all alone and staring in to space
It's always quiet through my ceiling
The roof comes in and crashes in a daze

I'm in a wide open space, it's freezing
You'll never get to heaven with a smile on your face from me
I'm in a wide open space, I'm staring
There's something quite bizarre I cannot see

I'm on the top of a hill, I'm lonely
There's someone here to shout to miles away
I could be back at my house, for I care
They do not hear me, it's the same old case

I'm in a wide open space, it's freezing
You'll never get to heaven with a smile on your face from me
I'm in a wide open space, I'm staring
There's something quite bizarre I cannot see

Wide open space, I'm standing
I'm all alone and staring in to space
It's always quiet through my ceiling
The roof comes in and crashes in a daze

I'm in a wide open space, it's freezing
You'll never get to heaven with a smile on your face from me
I'm in a wide open space, I'm staring
There's something quite bizarre I cannot see

I'm in a wide open space, it's freezing
You'll never get to heaven with a smile on your face from me
I'm in a wide open space, I'm staring
There's something quite bizarre I cannot see


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"Wide Open Space" as written by Paul Edward Draper

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  • +2
    General Commentthe perfecto remix is pretty stunning if you like this song ... not usually a fan of dancehead remixes but they've done Mansun proud out in clubland.
    dragontomukon October 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfunky song. i quite like it.
    IrishFireon November 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest song ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    nothingboyon November 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so underrated. i love it and the video, especially at the end.
    peace_love_empathyon December 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOr if you listen to it with the rest of the album (UK version of course) you could add that it is about the vicar. Paul also said that he wrote this sound to reach out to his fans, let them know how he felt at the time.. he said something like that. Read so many interviews and I don't feel like looking up exactly when/where he said what...
    Mansunroseon January 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a cool song. The kind you would listen too when you're feeling spaced out and realizing Mansun is talking about everything you're feeling at that low point of your life
    reblchickon August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think itsone of the best songs mansun ever did. i dont quite know what the meaning is though. its just a good song.
    lauren77on September 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about lonliness...like nothing out there ever was.

    It seems to be describing being lonly in a wide open space, open to everything and recieving nothing, or being effected by nothing since there is "Something quite bizzarre I cannot see" Or not attempting to grab life by the horns or take an oportunity. "I'm on the top of a hill...." Feeling as though there is no reason to even attempt to do anything because you're afraid.

    I kind of figured this since he said "You'll never get to heaven with a smile on your face" like saying only true human suffering offers redemption.

    I dunno, I guess I have a lot of ideas of what it means.
    grungeisdu4acumbakon October 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheir best song. I love it
    doqtoron January 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsomeone's whose a bit of a loner as things stand, it's always quiet on his own. saying to others there's nothing you can beat him on in his arrorgance. won't do well in life with a smile for him. wicked track. Bizzare it is
    waddingtonphilipon April 05, 2007   Link

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