When I was a child everybody smiled
Nobody knows me at all
Very late at night and in the morning light
Nobody knows me at all

Now I got lots of friends, yes
But then again, nobody knows me at all
Kids and a wife, it’s a beautiful life
Nobody knows me at all

And oh when the lights are low
Oh, with someone I don’t know

I don’t give a damn, I’m happy as a clam
Nobody knows me at all
Ah, what can you do? There’s nobody like you
Nobody knows me at all

I know how you feel, no secrets to reveal
Nobody knows me at all
Very late at night and in the morning light
Nobody knows me at all

Nobody knows me
Nobody knows me
Nobody knows me at all


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  • +2
    General Commenti completely agree with fire_eyes
    i recently had difficulty finding myself since i compared myself to others and realized i ddint measue up but this song helped me to realize that i am unique and nobody really knows me at all so who are they to say that i am not as good as them
    my favourite line of the song is "i dont give a damn, i'm as happy as a clam" because it proves that ignorance is bliss and we all have our secrets sealed up like a clam :)
    sunshine_blueskieson August 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm surprised no one has commented on this song yet. Whenever i'm lonely, this song makes me feel like i have someone to comiserate with. especially when I'm sad and no one knows it. the weepies know it, and they make me feel less alone.
    born2runon August 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think a lot of it is about becoming more complicated as you grow older. As a child, you're not so emotionally complex and everybody smiles, you feel known and accepted, but then as you get older, you might still be happy, but you become a much more complicated person and nobody REALLY knows you anymore.
    FFAMikeyon May 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMakes me think of the show Dexter.
    Anilandon November 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree completely. This is absolutely one of my favorite songs, definately a nice rainy, sad day song that just makes me feel understood.
    gsnoopstockon September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits amazing how wonderful, abstract and poetic the weepies' lyrics are. you feel like you can get lost in them. its such a meaningful song and then theres the phrase "happy as a clam", which reminds you that its a simple song about a subject which should be so easy to establish, but is not.

    i believe this is a song about identity; the narrator belongs to herself and herself only. She is content with who she is and thats all that matters to her. it is a song which celebrates individuality: "there's nobody like you" and encourages listener's to accept themselves for who they are and what they're all about.
    fire_eyeson July 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthave you heard this girl cover this song?
    its awesome
    youtube.com/…
    i really love this song...it kinda has that christmasy feeling. xD
    drewenidon September 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this. It's just...you can be best friends with someone, live with someone, be a part of a family, but you really don't know anyone else. They're always going to have that little piece of something that's theirs that nobody else has or knows of.

    I am sooo obsessed with the Weepies!
    ChloeGirldieon November 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the first line "When I was a child, everybody smiled." It captures how people depict the world as such a happy place to children but are actually feeling pain all along. This line almost questions where these smiles went, since now she is not a child and nobody is smiling anymore. It also seems to show the sadness at seeing who people actually are once you're old enough to not be treated with smiles always. She liked the world better when everyone smiled at her and wonders why the world isn't as happy a place as it seemed like. What a great song.
    123456910on January 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think there is this aspect to the song where one includes themselves in not knowing who they are. There are so many layers and sides and complexities of a human personality that even you are on a journey to discover who you are. If you like yourself, who you've become after everything life throws at you, then that process of discovery is enjoyable.. which sort of relates to the "happy as a clam" tone of this song. Its also separate from narcissm, where you just can't get over youself and this feeling is no way is related to that. Do I make sense?

    I'm constantly smiling when I listen to this beautifully simple song because I think about who I am, how I got here and what other sides of me I have yet to discover.
    songs4thedeafon February 08, 2009   Link

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