"Far Away" as written by and Ingrid Michaelson....
I will live my life as a lobsterman's wife on an island in the blue bay
He will take care of me, he will smell like the sea
And close to my heart he'll always stay

I will bear three girls all with strawberry curls, little Ella and Nelly and Faye
While I'm combing their hair, I will catch his warm stare
On our island in the blue bay

Far away, far away, I want to go far away
To a new life on a new shore line
Where the water is blue and the people are new
To another island, in another life

There's a boy next to me and he never will be anything but a boy at the bar
And I think he's the tops, he's where everything stops
How I love to love him from afar

When he walks right pass me then I finally see on this barstool I can't stay
So I'm taking my frown to a far distant town
On an island in the blue bay

Far away far away, I want to go far away
To a new life on a new shore line
Where the water is blue and the people are new
To another island, in another life

I want to go far away
Away, away, I want to go far away, away, away
I want to go far away, far away
Away, away, away

Where the water is blue and the people are new
To another life, to another life
To another shore line
In another life


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"Far Away" as written by Ingrid Michaelson

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    General Commenti think this is about two separate people actually,
    the first woman is one half of the perfect marriage
    and one fifth of the ideal family
    but the routine is breaking her down
    she needs to escape, somewhere far away.
    still an island in the same blue bay though
    she knows she needs a change, but too drastic and it all falls apart

    the second, a single girl
    looking for love in all the wrong places
    when she realizes that the boy she loves "from afar"
    it's all he cracked up to be up close
    she knows she needs a change of scenery
    so she heads far away
    some place where the boys are what they seem
    and the waters are a beautiful blue
    razehateon January 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaw I love this song, my second favorite off the cd (an untitled track), the first being "the hat".
    ChloeGirldieon February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthose are my two favorites too.
    i love The Hat.
    natty27on March 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI saw Ingrid in concert a few weeks back, and she explained that her family (i think aunt?) lives in Maine, and Ingrid used to spend time there and pretend she lived there. That was basically the inspiration for this song, and I think she just added in her artistic abilities from there.

    I get the feeling that the first verse is her aunt, or someone she knows in Maine, maybe just the stereotypical wife up there, and the rest of the song is Ingrid. All of Ingrid's songs seem to be pretty personal, especially on Girls and Boys, so I wouldn't try to look TOO deep into it all.
    bendingsilverspoonson March 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think that the first scene on the blue bay is her ideal life that she is day dreaming about
    whereas the second scene at the bar is the reality that she is dealing with & at the end of that scene she decides "on this bar stool i cant stay" & decides to follow her dreams & create the life she has imagined in the first scene.
    link029on March 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"There's a boy next to me and he never will be anything but a boy at the bar.
    And I think he's the tops, he's where everything stops.
    How I love to love him from afar."

    When I heard those lines for the first time...wow. Describes my life perfectly.
    awkwardgyraffon May 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLOVE this song - quite possibly my fave of Ingrid -- tho she has SO MANY that I love -- but I especially like this one because of the beautiful imagery this song exudes - it's as if I can actually see what she's talking about and it looks beautiful -- great song to go with my daydreaming ;-)
    lyrical_butterflyon December 22, 2009   Link

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