h uh,
I see fingers, hands and shades of faces,
Reachin up and not quite touchin the promised land,
I hear pleas and prayers and a desperate whisper sayin,
Hold on please give us a helpin hand,
Yeah yeah

Way down in the background,
I can see frustrated souls of cities burnin,
And all across the water vapor,
I see weapons barkin out the stamp of death,
And up in the clouds I can imagine UFO's jumpin themselves,
Laughin they sayin,
Those people so uptight, they sure know how to make a mess

Back in the saloon my tears mix and mildew with my drink,
I can't really tell my feet from the stones on the floor,
But as far as I know, they may even try to wrap me up in cellophane and try and sell me
Brothers help me, and dont worry about lookin at the storm
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah


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Somewhere Over The Rainbow song meanings
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    General Commentoh i love this song!!! go and listen PURE GENIOUS
    RIP Jimi forever and ever 1943-1970 (WHYYYYYY????)
    paradison September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely brilliantly amazing, beautiful music, love absolutely everything about this song... i've got absolutely no clue what the meaning of this song is, but it's a wonderful listen, great stuff.
    S3B8Eon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentin retrospect, i do believe this song is about humans and how destrustive a species we are, and aliens looking at us wondering what;s wrong with our species. the last paragraph is what leaves me puzzled, i just don't get that last part.
    S3B8Eon January 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commenth uh,
    I see fingers, hands and shades of faces,
    Reachin up and not quite touchin the promised land,
    I hear pleas and prayers and a desperate whisper sayin,
    Hold on please give us a helpin hand,
    Yeah yeah

    Way down in the background,
    I can see frustrated souls of cities burnin,
    And all across the water vapor,
    I see weapons barkin out the sting of death,
    And up in the clouds I can imagine UFO's jumpin themselves,
    Laughin they sayin,
    Those people so uptight, they sure know how to make a mess

    Back in the saloon my tears mix'n mildew with my drink,
    I can't really tell my feet from the stones on the floor,
    But as far as I know, they may even try to wrap me up in cellophane and try and sell me
    Brothers help me, and dont worry about lookin at the score
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

    i think those are proper, not sure tho

    great song
    Zerophoenix1on February 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is the "depressing" version of Earth Blues. I believe what Jimi's referring to is the same thing he's referring to in House Burning Down. The fact that the black community was fighting for their rights, but at the same time destroying their own communities and killing eachother. And the fact that they could never seem to achieve that goal, reaching up but not quite touchin the promised land. And he's feeling down cause he wants to help but he doesn't know how. He's askin his brothers to help him, and not worry about the chaos that's around them.

    And while all this is happening, UFO's are pointing and laughing. My 2 cents.
    U915on February 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHere's my take:

    The first verse is about the desperation of the culture at the time, whether it be residual nuclear anxiety, the civil rights movement, or anything, really. Just people trying to reach salvation, but not quite getting there.

    The second is again about strife- how we can't get along and how strange that would be to outsiders.

    The third verse is about corruption, selling out, etc. He's drinking in the saloon because he's depressed that the record companies will control him and try to 'wrap me in cellphane and sell me'. Think Kurt Cobain.

    Anyways, that's my two cents.
    RIPhillelon July 26, 2008   Link

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