"Everything'll Be Alright (Will's Lullaby)" as written by and Joshua Ryan Radin....
Way down New York town
Thinking about the way
She loved me
There's a hole in my pocket
That's about her size
But I think everything is gonna be alright
Yes, I hope everything is gonna be alright

A smilin' face
Is tradin'
The gifts I found at the bar
Well I wish my car
Could drive to her tonight
Then I'd know everything is gonna be alright
Yes, then I'd know it'll be alright

The rain in New Orleans
Forgot to end
But the mouths of the people are dry
Then we watch and wait
And do nothing but sigh
And hope everything is gonna turn out right
But I don't know if it'll be alright

But I look at you
Warm in your dream
While your mobile dances above
And I think to myself
It's a beautiful night
And I know everything is gonna be alright
Yes, now I know it'll be alright


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    General CommentThe rain in New Orleans
    Forgot to end
    But the mouths of the people are dry
    Then we watch and wait
    And do nothing but sigh

    That part is obviously about Hurricane Katrina. And there's the New York reference in the first line. Wonder if it relates to 9/11. This song could relate to the tragedys the people living in both these places experienced.
    Hell Benderon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is a beautiful song. I'm wondering why it's called Will's Song? Throughout the song he describes going from being completely unsure about how something will turn out to knowing it will be alright.

    But I look at you
    Warm in your dream
    While your mobile dances above
    And I think to myself
    It's a beautiful night
    And I know everything is gonna be alright
    Yes, now I know it'll be alright
    kelshamrockson April 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentseems like he is saying that regardless of how much you miss someone (well i wish my car could drive to her tonight) or how bad things are in other parts of the world (the rain in new orleans forgot to end) the world will continue on for his child and other generations (which he eludes to in the last stanza with the mobile dancing) who will be far removed from your pain of missing someone or the current world troubles. and the beat goes on....
    CobCharleson October 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is the feelings of uncertainty that you feel when you are about to bring a child in the world. In the beginning he talks about New York (Don't know if it is a 9/11 reference or not) and he says, "There's a hole in my pocket that's about her size" which I think means that he recently found out that the woman in his life is pregnant. At that point he is confident that everything will be fine. Then he talks about L.A. which I assume is when the narrator left to try and make it as a musician and he had to leave his pregnant girlfriend at home and cannot "drive to hear tonight". He then starts to doubt that evrything will be alright. Then the New Orleans verse, an obvious reference to Hurricane Katrina, then makes him look at the horrors of the world and makes him nervous about bringing a child into this world of people dying and starving because of our nation's inability to act. Then the last verse is after the baby is born. He is looking at the baby in the crib and realizes that nothing else in the world matters except for the baby. "And I know everything is gonna be alright. Yes, now I know it'll be alright"
    Speeder3xon October 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti do agree with the above statemnets but i also have a different way of interpertting it. Like maybe, his girlfriend/wife died and now he has to raise this baby(will) by himself. is this just me who thinks this? very awesome song
    iluvothon November 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great tune.

    I think this song is about a guy in New York whose woman left him. She took everything he had and left him with their newborn baby. Naturally, he's worried about how things will turn out in the end.

    When he says "There's a hole in my pocket
    That's about her size" he's saying that she took all his money when she left.

    I don't think the 2nd verse mentions L.A.
    I think the second verse should read
    "A smilin' face
    Is tradin' away
    The gifts I found at the bar"
    In other words, she took all his things and pawned them or sold them.

    Having this happen, and then hearing the news about New Orleans, he's beginning to wonder if things will really turn out alright. Then, he goes in to check on his sleeping son (Will)
    and as he looks at him in his crib, he sees the serene look on his sleeping child's face. Beautiful!! It is then that the man realizes that yes, everything will turn out alright as he carries on with life with his new son.
    CoachB110on December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat a great tune.

    I think this song is about a guy in New York whose woman left him. She took everything he had and left him with their newborn baby. Naturally, he's worried about how things will turn out in the end.

    When he says "There's a hole in my pocket
    That's about her size" he's saying that she took all his money when she left.

    I don't think the 2nd verse mentions L.A.
    I think the second verse should read
    "A smilin' face
    Is tradin' away
    The gifts I found at the bar"
    In other words, she took all his things and pawned them or sold them.

    Having this happen, and then hearing the news about New Orleans, he's beginning to wonder if things will really turn out alright. Then, he goes in to check on his sleeping son (Will)
    and as he looks at him in his crib, he sees the serene look on his sleeping child's face. Beautiful!! It is then that the man realizes that yes, everything will turn out alright as he carries on with life with his new son.
    CoachB110on December 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOops, I was wrong.
    I checked the lyrics page of Joshua's official web site. The second verse does mention L.A.

    a smiling face is trade in l.a.
    the gifts are found at the bar
    CoachB110on December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard the reference to Katrina in the 3rd verse, I couldn't help but think that the hole he feels in his pocket related to New York was similar to the hole in his heart that's the size of the World Trade Center. I think in general, the song is about loss and coping and reflection, but when he sings to a child he sees promise and potential and optimism.
    songster47on January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis was taken from a blog on Joshua's offical site awhile back: "the place was full and you could hear a pin drop in there it was so quiet. those are my favorite kind of shows. it’s amazing how powerful you feel when an entire room is hanging on every word. also, my little friend will showed up with his parents. he’s one and probably the cutest kid on the planet. i wrote him a lullaby and you’ll hear it when the new record comes out. so.. yeah."

    I really think his little friend Will just gives him hope for a better world.
    mela23on February 26, 2007   Link

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