Sitting still as stone
Watching, watching

People walkin' by me, wondering why
No one ever stops to talk or thinks about if
They ever did

What if God shuffled by
One day, we might see
Of doing not a thing
Breathing just to breathe
We might find some reason

But rushing around seems what's wrong with the world
Don't lose the dreams inside your head
They'll only be there 'til you're dead
Dream

Lying on the roof, counting
The suns that fill the sky
I wonder is
Someone in the heavens looking back down on me
I'll never know

So much space to believe
Funny, when you're small
The moon follows the car
There's no one but you see
Hey, the moon is chasing me

I worried if I looked away, she'd be gone
Don't lose the dreams inside your head
They'll only be there 'til you're dead
Dream

Walking through the wood
No cares in the world
The world she's come to play
She's all mine, just for a day

And there's not a moment to lose in the game
Don't let the troubles in your head
Steal too much time, you'll soon be dead
So play

Oh, fall down
It won't be so long now
Out of the darkness comes light
Like a flash
You think you can, you think you can
Sometimes that is the problem
Dream, little darling
Dream

Spinning on the wind
The leaf fell from the limb
And every day should be a good day to die

Oh, fall down
It won't be too long now
Every fire dies
I find it hard to explain
How i got here
I think I can, I think I can
Then again, I will falter
Dream

Oh, I think I can, I think I can
I think I can, I think I can

Dream, little darling
Dream

Spinning on the wind
The leaf fell from the limb


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You Never Know (Busted Stuff version) song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentOne of my friends was talking about how DMB lyrics are meaningless. to that, I say FUCK YOU!!!!!! There is no other artist with better or more meaningful lyrics. I don't understand people who hate Dave....it's like hating summertime
    dmbdreamgirlon February 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt was definitely hard to narrow it down, but this song along with "Bartender" are the two best songs on the CD, and hearing them both live in concert was awesome!

    During the last verse of the song, instead of hearing "And if I die" I hear "every fire dies" does anyone else hear it??
    Traumattizingon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commenttwo things are seen opposing each other..
    dreaming and thinking.

    Dave guides our thoughts towards the flesh as thinking and the spirit as dreaming.

    stop thinking you can do anything and begin to live by receiving revelation from God of who you are...ie dreaming.

    we cant do anything of ourselves. its all Gods will that we move and breath and have our being. we learn what we are to hope for by dreaming. we receive instead of plan to become.

    the flash of light is the revelation from God.. Dave is saying I think I can Think..but Ill just fail in the end.
    Im like a leaf in the wind. being blown around as the wind chooses.

    we cant become what we choose. we become by what God has planned us to be. we do not have free will. we live by fate that is already written out for us to discover...the funny enigma here is we think we can think. so close to beliving we are outside of God and his will. we think hes over there or out there. we call out to Him. not understanding hes our very being.

    what if God shuffled by?..as if he were outside our very being. when he has always been inside us.
    Gods omni present.

    the only thing were left with is hope. we hope things turn out ok...we dream..and in our dreams our dreamgirl speaks.
    Me2on September 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis has been one of my favorite songs of all time. The delicate balance of despair and hope in the words as well as in the music itself seems to so closely emulate the contradictory thoughts and emotions that seem to plague everyone.

    It starts out with someone sitting and observing people, recognizing the self-imposed isolation so ingrained in people they don't even realize there's another option. With the theme of the song seeming to revolve around death and a search for meaning and/or God, the connection is made that in this condition people wouldn't even recognize the answer if it shuffled by. Yet, we find the person lamenting this is, themselves, doing much the same -- not interacting, just lamenting the sorry state of affairs.

    It's interesting to note, too, that it is said Abraham sat counting the suns in the sky the night he died, counting the number of descendants God had promised him. That story seems to sum up the song pretty well in and of itself, with Abraham having been given a dream by God. Yet, for all of his life, he had hope and faith alone that God would do so. God said Abraham's descendants would number the sands on the shore and the stars in the sky. Even though he died having but one son God had promised (and possibly 2 grandchildren by that time), he died dreaming and believing.

    The reference to all falling down could hold two meanings, in one being death, but the other being falling into a depravity or darkness. Yet, out of that darkness comes light like a flash, that realization that it can change, or the discovery of what has been missing. We surge forward suddenly, thinking we can break free from the chains of darkness holding us, but sometimes we fail, which can send us spiraling further into that darkness.

    The most profound line for me was that every day should be a good day to die, because it's true. You never know what's lying on the other side of 24 hours, so every day should be lived without regrets, taking advantage of every opportunity, knowing it could be your last, yet still hold onto your dreams of tomorrow.

    Finally, we have the crux of the issue -- it's hard to explain how we got here. Were we created? If so, by who? We so often think we have the answer. We think we can explain it. Yet, so often we falter in doing so. As the writer of the book of Hebrews in the Bible wrote, faith is believing in what is unseen. Yet, at times that faith may falter for that very reason.

    An excellent song, if I do say so myself. As to the everyday should be a good day to die reference to the album Everyday, the song is much older than Busted Stuff. I have a CD someone left in my story shortly after Crash came out of a bootleg concert where this (and The Maker) were played.

    Also, I believe the lines, "Oh, fall down" are actually, "All fall down," though I could be wrong. It seems like that would fit better with the topic of the verses they kick off as well.
    junglejakeon April 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti just wanted to fill in the blanks that the person who posted these lyrics left:

    (___ing) = rushing
    The moon follows the (car?) = yes, car is right
    The ____, she's come to play = the WORLD....

    just to let y'all know =D i luv this song....just got the CD and itz amazing....much better than everyday...itz more like his older stuff (which is the best EVER)....this song is just telling you to dream because ur wasting your time and life if you don't dream once in a while....great message!
    fallingforyouon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is incredible. Thanks for the filling the blanks. Amazing lyrics and awesome message. I completely love the way the band makes any song memorable and always has you singing the lyrics constantly. :-) I'm going to the concert tomorrow and I am so excited!!!
    SheaTayon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI am in love with this song, and although picking one, would be like playing favorites w/ kids, i have to say there's a special place for YNK. The imagry of "The moon follows the car" is awsome! Cuz really, when youre a kid in the car late at night, it looks like the moons chasign you. I always get that pictuer in my head and it's just beautiful. As far as meaning; go find your dream, whatever it is, no matter how old you are.
    Lissy Ratzon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIn the lyrics verse it claims the verse is "The stars that fill the sky ". When I listen to the album version Dave definitely says "suns". I think it is a lot better with suns too, it holds a lot more meaning considering the next line talks about other life.

    You know, I hate it when critics say DMB's lyrics are unsophisticated and poorly written. I've always found them to be awesome. This song's lyrics are AMAZING. They say so much and provide so many great images.
    hobbes1757on July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI bought "Busted Stuff" the first day it came out, and have been listening to it ever since. In the beginning, I listened to every single song except for "You Never Know" because for some reason I couldn't stand listening to it. Now it's one of my favourite songs on the CD. You might call me crazy, but I think this is his best album ever. Even better than Under The Table And Dreaming
    graceisgoneon July 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI as prett up set with Everyday I only really enjoy to songs on that CD, Angel, and Everyday. But Busted Stuff is awesome, it really is bringing back Dave. I love every song on it and this one being one of my favorites...
    ILuvDMatthewson July 28, 2002   Link

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