Hey
does it ever make you wonder
what's on my mind?
I
I was only ever running
back to your side

I never cried
I just watched my life go by
it's just a pack of lies
coz you're leaving me behind

why
after this long is there nothing I'll keep
oh I can shout
you'll pretend you're falling asleep

I live a lie
yeah
believing that you're mine
it's just a waste of time
coz you're leaving me behind

hey there's not a cloud in the sky
it's as blue as your goodbye
and I thought that it would rain
on a day like today

hey there's not a cloud in sight
it's as blue as your blue goodbye
and I thought that it would rain
the day you went away

hey
does it ever make you wonder
what's on my mind?
ooh yeah,
I was only ever running back
to your side

hey there's not a cloud in the sky
it's as blue as your goodbye
and I thought that it would rain
on a day like today

hey there's not a cloud in sight
it's as blue as your blue goodbye
and I thought that it would rain
the day you went away

he's on the buses
and the aeroplanes

with some groceries
and a sleeping bag



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    General CommentShe was in love with someone and when they left her she thought she'd be sad "i thought it would rain", but it turned out to be a good thing "theres not a cloud in sight".
    thats my take anyway... very good emotional song
    Swalbson October 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentright now,i am listening to the song,and i have to say i have a slightly different impression. her love was useless, never fully returned "i live a lie","believing that you are mine". and deep inside, she knew that her love will never reach him the way she want it to, and that he will leave her.for her, the day of his leaving was supposed to reflect her emotional state through rain, clouds, but it didnt. so like, the world is turning, the sun is shining, but he is gone, and where is her comfort. it would be easier for her, if the sky would cry, but it doesnt, so she has to face the hurt alone.
    aleks1980on March 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentshe loved him, but deep down inside she knew it was doomed not to work out. he left her.
    paccyon May 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGuys this song is about...Her husband is dying(you will pretend you will be falling asleep..")and she expects the world to stop and the weather to be harsh,But its a beautiful day and the world moves on....
    amyhyn45on August 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAs far as I know Wendy Matthews was first to perform this song. It was successful on the Australian charts, but not phenomenally.

    My first interpretation is the most obvious one - the lyrics point to the pining and loss felt by a rejected lover 'you're leaving me behind.' The rejected one is not angry or even destabilised, but aware of the way she was commited and cleaved to the one who spurned her 'I was only ever running back to your side'. Thus, it the lyrics evoke pain and dignity.

    The second interpretation is a lot easier to 'get' if you see the Music Video for the song, and a screening of the music video on the Australian Music TV program Rage has been uploaded to youtube. The music video repeatedly cuts to an old man whose facial expressions, looking up, painful acceptance in his eyes, indicates he is thinking of his deceased life partner. Considering the lyrics based on this, it is clearly about loss, but loss due to death rather than rejection. The 'you're leaving me behind' lyric takes on a new meaning in this context.

    Both interpretations are valid. And interestingly, both interpetations give the same meta-meaning to the song, that is the pain and dignity of an individual experiencing loss.
    nashton November 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI've always loved this song and songs and lyrics 'mean' different things depending on how it moves you, the place and time you heard it, a 'turn of phrase' and all those things. Often there is is irony and in music there is often contradictions, it's not just lyrics.

    This song always struck me as being not only beautiful but 'unusual' in that way...

    The 'key' is perhaps the 'outro' lyrics that enigmatically drift out of the song at the end...

    he's on the buses
    and the aeroplanes

    with some groceries
    and a sleeping bag

    Contrary to the video clip, I think and may even have heard that is the loss of a 'love' through drugs or mental illness and decline. "i live a lie","believing that you are mine"...as is pointed out is like a love unrequited, not returned. That one would pretend to 'sleep' rather than hear or care. Or perhaps, they just went backpacking LOL and I sense a wondering of where the person is now...something died or never was

    It is not a song about loosing someone to another, or to death (as the film clip might imply) but to someone just drifting away. Perhaps the 'expectation' was that it would rain, that it would be more upsetting and this is a surprise. It is bitter-sweet, but the chorus has a sense of 'freedom' to it...or revelation. Perhaps she thought it would be more traumatic, but the relationship just drifted away and it is left with a bit of a hollow feeling...

    Obviously complex and many layered, one can read into it what one wills...the last lines though are enigmatic and the lack of real 'reason' (death, rival) is striking.

    I have an interest to the music. This is a very interesting musical effect. This is very much a 'major key' song and yet, it has such melancholy. The opening chord and key (E) alternates on the words "ever make you wonder" alternating between the 'tonic' and the maj7th a step below. Often such harmony sounds sickly sweet, but here the dissonance of the E and Eb is highlighted and unnerving.

    Particularly effective is how the choruses and verses end on the IV chord A. This give you that classic 'amen' IV-I cadence back to the next section and an uneasy unresolved but not tense pause. The result of the next section is like an gentle exhalation or sigh of resignation. It resolves but yet, exclaims "hey" and again winds its way again.

    Anyway, always appealed to me. The song was written my "Mark Batson, Edward Male Jonathon" the former, a very successful and varied songwriter from the USA working a lot with DrDre (Eminem, 50 cent) and for James blunt, beyonce and many others...a very varied writer. The sophistication of a professional writer shows in this over many of the 'singer songwriters' that will often simply conform to an 'expected' or at least, lessor sophistication in writing both music and lyrics.

    Regardless of how one might understand the song, it is beautiful and many layered and certainly has... even if a literal meaning is harder to 'pin down' this is often the hallmark of a truly great song. It's also a song that 'creeps' into one consciousness and not an obvious 'hit' but did make #2 when released in australia.

    A similar song from Oz, Matt Finish's "Short Note" also exploited these major key things in interesting ways and with similarly debatable and enigmatic lyrics.
    Lyriceron May 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLook at the end when he holds his wife's hand....a twist in meaning or a different interpretation by the video producer....either way a beaut melody and a beaut voice.
    kevin14088on May 16, 2017   Link

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