"The Beautiful Side of Somewhere" as written by and Jakob Dylan....
Tomorrow is gonna make you cry
It's gonna to make you kneel
Before it breaks you from inside
Still pressing on
Arm over arm
Still trying to get both feet back onto the ground
They are harvesting these fields in autumn.
We're different now than when we started

I am ready to wake up
There in the exodus
On the beautiful side of somewhere baby

There on the pavement
Underneath the yellow moon
I think of you
And just how easily we bruise
The folded address in my pocket I have stuffed
Trying to believe for you
That the bottom didn't drop
I am on the platform
Covered with dust
I pray they take the both of us

I am ready to wake up
There in the exodus
On the beautiful side of somewhere baby
I am ready to come down
To see us both somehow
On the beautiful side of somewhere someday

I am lighting matches
For the rescue
Some are candles
Some are fuses
Acting on my best behavior
Switching over every breaker
As we're clawing through
These laws of nature
Disregarding every acre
I'm lying in my Sunday best
Assuming this was not a test

I am ready to wake up
There in the exodus
On the beautiful side of somewhere baby
I am ready to come down
To see us both somehow
On the beautiful side of somewhere someday

Somewhere, someday
Beautiful side of somewhere


Lyrics submitted by Jeffyhash

"The Beautiful Side Of Somewhere" as written by Jakob Dylan

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    General CommentWhat a great song. I love the lyric:

    "I am lighting matches for the rescue
    Some are candles, some are fuses"

    The dichotomy. The realization that, even with the best of intentions, things can blow up in your face. Or, sometimes thing need to be destroyed to move forward. Hopeful, fatalistic and cynical all at the same time.
    RogerClyneon May 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe new song!!!.i love it
    tremorchriston April 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:-) gorgeous.

    yeah. I canno't wait until the new album comes out.

    I've loved the Wallflowers since I was in 6th grade... and now I'm ending my junior year in college. :-)
    marvelon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow I love this song. In this music video he reminds me of Bruce Springsteen. hehe just his looks and his singing remind me of the YOUNGER Springsteen! :)
    Jammer Of Pearlon July 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm not quite sure what this is about, but I think it's about going through a change in life of some sort. Maybe making a major life decision and wondering what will come tomorrow or how one will fare through it all? I don't know.
    stoolhardyon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI *think* this song is about death. More specifically, I think it's about the death of the song's "narrator" who was murdered (or died suddenyly anyhow) and is singing to the wife/lover/family he left behind.

    There are a few lines that seem to imply that the narrator is dead:

    "Trying to believe for you
    That the body didn't drop
    I am on a platform
    Covered with dust
    I pray they take the both of us"

    And

    "I'm lying in my Sunday best
    Assuming this was not a test"

    In this context, "The Beautiful Side of Somewhere" is the afterlife. And the first few lines are refering to the grief that the person being sung to will feel when they lean of the singer's death.

    Just my best guess.
    Nuganon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a personal association, but I see it describing my recent graduation. The lines "We're different now/than when we started" has special signifigance in how my classmates and I have changed and grown together over the years. And "We're in the exodus" says how we are all leaving our school. I also used to think the the words were "They're harvesting these fields in autumn" which refers to how we will all be in different schools next fall. For me, "The Beautiful Side of Somewhere" is a plce where I can be in eighth grade forever.
    washingtonbulletson June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are off...here they are from the official site:

    Tomorrow is gonna make you cry
    It's gonna make you kneel
    Before it breaks you from inside
    Still pressing on
    Arm over arm
    Still trying to get both feet back on to the ground
    They are harvesting these fields in autumn
    We're different now than we started

    I am ready to wake up
    There in the exodus
    On the beautiful side of somewhere

    There on the pavement underneath the yellow moon
    I think of you and just how easily we bruise
    A folded address in my pocket I have stopped
    Trying to believe for you that the bottom didn’t drop
    I am on the platform, covered with dust
    I pray they take the both of us

    I am ready to wake up
    There in the exodus
    On the beautiful side of somewhere

    I am ready to come down
    And see us both somehow
    On the beautiful side of somewhere, someday

    I am lighting matches for the rescue
    Some are candles, some are fuses
    Acting on my best behavior
    Switching over every breaker

    As we're plowing through these laws of nature
    Disregarding every acre
    I'm lying in my Sunday best
    Assuming this was not a test

    I am ready to wake up
    There in the exodus
    On the beautiful side of somewhere

    I am ready to come down
    And see us both somehow
    On the beautiful side of somewhere, someday

    I'm ready to wake up
    On the beautiful side of somewhere, someday

    I think the song is about strife through struggle and its reward, perhaps a heaven. I don't think the subject feels grief, I think he is usng sheer hope and faith to plow through life and looks forward to death as ending the pain...
    Envelopeson October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLyrics have been corrected. Thanks Envelopes.
    Jeffyhashon January 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this is about death. To me it's about being in a rut and ignoring happiness. Then something changes that makes you want to take chances again but you're not sure how:

    I am lighting matches for the rescue
    Some are candles, some are fuses
    Acting on my best behavior
    Switching over every breaker
    tiupson August 25, 2008   Link

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