"Look On Down From The Bridge" as written by and Hope Sandoval David Roback....
Look on down from the bridge
There's still fountains down there
Look on down from the bridge
It's still raining, up here

Everybody seems so far away from me
Everybody just wants to be free

Look away from the sky
It's no different when you're leaving home
I can't be the same thing to you now
I'm just gone, just gone

How could I say goodbye
How could I say goodbye
Goodbye

Maybe I'll just place my hands over you
And close my eyes real tight
There's a light in your eyes
And you know, yeah, you know
Look on down from the bridge
I'm still waiting for you


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"Look on Down from the Bridge" as written by Hope Sandoval David Roback

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  • +4
    General CommentWhen I hear it, I always think to the suicide bit. That ending line "Look on down from the bridge, I'm still waiting for you" makes me think of someone who's too miserable to remain here, and they're waiting for their lover to join them in eternity. Though, I can definitely sense just the failed relationship interpretation.

    I guess you can take it literally or figuratively. Whichever way it resonates more with you.

    It's so gloomy and beautiful. I think this is the song I want played at my funeral.
    Psychedeliaon October 07, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General Commentremind anybody else of Neil Young's "Helpless"?
    seanmo63on April 20, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me, this song is told from the perspective of someone who has recently died and is traveling the "bridge" from Earth to Heaven (or your choice of skyward afterlife).

    She's looking down on those that she's leaving behind. The "fountains" are the tears wept by her loved ones, the rain could be literal or her own tears. Everyone wants to be free from the pain, which she compares to when someone leaves home (thus abandoning their loved ones in a way). She wants them to move on ("look away from the sky"), but acknowledges that it is indeed different, especially since she can't literally say goodbye to them. So she says it anyway, knowing that they won't hear her.

    She tries to cover their pain from herself by blocking them out with her hands and closing her eyes. The "light in your eyes" is the life that they still have and she's reminding them that they must go on living it, then acknowledges that they indeed know this, even if it's not a reassuring thought to them. She looks at them one more time and says that she's waiting for them, the ultimate reassurance to herself, that they will one day join her in the great beyond.
    muzaklubberon April 09, 2015   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationA lot of interpretations here, which I think are good. People are going to interpret vague Dream songs like this in very personal ways, and I think that is good and speaks to the quality of the song.

    I don't think this song implies suicide or death in any way. The feel of the song does bring about very distinct feelings of loss as if there was a death. I believe this was intentional, as leaving a loved one very often feels as if they had died, or as though one was dead.

    I feel that this song is simply about saying goodbye and coming to terms with loss. The lyrics in particular bring up a few motifs that help put this song into perspective:

    The first is the contrast between "fountains down there" and "raining up here". This conjures up images of water falling from the sky (generally a sad motif) versus fresh water coming up from below (a motif surrounding rebirth and prosperity).

    "Everybody seems so far away from me / everybody just wants to be free" She wants to be free like everyone else she has felt isolated from.

    "I can't be the same thing to you now / I'm just gone" Something messed up, and she has to leave. This is the only reason given in the lyrics, and it seems to imply something happened with her.

    At this point she doesn't know how to say goodbye, and "maybe I'll just place my hands over you / and close my eyes real tight". At this point she sees it in the other's eyes that they know she is gone.

    And now she is waiting for them to say goodbye too. Maybe they never did, and she is still waiting long after.
    Adrian232on November 15, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is my favorite of hers, and the imagery inspired me to begin a story, which i never wound up finishing.

    it's so downhearted and resigned, both musically and lyrically. when she utters the last lines, it breaks my heart... mostly because i could easily be the one saying them.
    delialon August 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentheard this for the first time tonight from a show called Rick & Morty - episode Rick Potion #9. Haunting time to play it in the show (you'd have to watch). But it's haunting me now due to its profoundness...
    cheesesteakon February 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe most beautiful song mazzy wrote-just stunningly sad.
    tripperfreekon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHope Sandoval has absolutely the most beautiful voice of anyone, ever. I hate that I never got to see Mazzy Star in concert.

    This song is the highlight of "Among My Swan", I think.

    Like any great song, the lyrics are quite vague - is she talking literally or figuratively? I don't know... Hell, I don't care. This song is beautiful. If you don't have every album that Mazzy Star released, shame on you.
    HagbardCelineon January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone else feel the whole suicidal tinge of this song?
    I know thats not very mazzy,mazzy is usuall more surreal and psychedlic but it's just something I get a slight feeling of with this song.
    A.Mon April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has a special meaning to me. It's the song played in the soprano's 1st season at Jackie Aprile's funeral. I used to watch that show every Sunday with a friend in college. We grew close, then we moved in together. It went downhill. Graduated and moved back home, I had some things to return to her, so I mailed them out and I put a copy of this song on a CD and sent it too. I never knew such a simple two syllable word as "goodbye" could be so hard to say.

    How could I say goodbye? How could I say goodbye? Goodbye.
    prisoner54321on April 09, 2006   Link

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