Lying in the park on a beautiful day
Sunshine in the grass and the children play
Sirens pass in fire engine red
Someone's house is burning down on a day like this

The evening comes and we're hanging out
On the front step and a car goes by with the windows rolled down
And that War song is playing
"Why can't we be friends?"
Someone is screaming and crying in the apartment upstairs

Funny the way it is
If you think about it
Somebody's going hungry and someone else is eating out
Funny the way it is
Not right or wrong
Somebody's heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song

The way your mouth feels in your lover's kiss
Like a pretty bird on the breeze or water to a fish
A bomb blast brings the building crashing to the floor
Hear the laughter while the children play war

Funny the way it is
If you think about it
One kid walks ten miles to school, another's dropping out
Funny the way it is
Not right or wrong
On a soldier's last breath, his baby's being born

Standing on a bridge
Watch the water passing underneath
It must have been much harder when there was no bridge, just water
Now the world is small
Remember how it used to be
With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars?

Watch the sky, a jet plane so far out of my reach
Is there someone up there looking down on me?
A boy sees a bird, so close but every time
He'll never catch her but he can't stop trying

Funny the way it is
If you think about it
One kid walks ten miles to school, another's dropping out
Funny the way it is
Not right or wrong
On a soldier's last breath, his baby's being born

Funny the way it is
Not right or wrong
Somebody's broken heart becomes your favorite song
Funny the way it is
If you think about it
One kid walks ten miles to school, another's dropping out

Standing on a bridge
Watch the water passing underneath
It must have been much harder when there was no bridge, just water
Now the world is small
Remember how it used to be
With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars?


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  • +3
    General CommentSo good to hear new studio material from Dave and the guys. Makes me even more excited for June 2.

    As far as the meaning goes, a quick listen and glance at the material (+ the title) makes me think that it's about how life can be so different for any two people at any given moment. Sort of a bunch of dichotomies...the song inspired by someone's heartbreak ends up meaning so much (joy?) to a person who hears it and the other comparisons mentioned in the song. One part I really like is early in the song when it talks about children laughing while playing war, then later a soldier takes his last breath while his child is born. I feel like that makes a statement about how people, especially children, think war is a glorious game without realizing that it actually steals the life of a husband, wife, son, daughter, father, mother, etc. I expect great things from the rest of the album and can't wait for it to come!
    bawhite2on April 14, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFirst off, I love this song - both for its ability to provide musical pleasure and its amazing lyrics.
    The words to the song delivers a message that we all know already - the world is ironic: good things and bad things happen simultaneously; yet we are helpless when it comes to preventing all the bad things from happening. As he points out, it's not right or wrong - it just happens. And no matter how disastrous the situation may be, we keep moving forward in our lives.

    Amazing song.
    mmmaytheon November 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about how different people are affected by this world, or how they affect the world. How there are poor people who are going hungry while the rich people are spending money on one meal that could feed a family for a week, or how a child will bust their butt to get to school(walk 10 miles) and work hard, while another who takes education for granted. Also I think just looking at the title, Funny The Way it Is, there are some situations that's all you can say. Sometimes things happen to good people and you can't explain them. A burning house on a beautiful day, or a soldier dies and his baby is born the exact same time. It is not that either of those are funny, but what else can you say in a moment like that.
    AlpineValleyon April 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLoved DMB since forever...was frustrated that he did a song with the craptastic Kenny Chesney (just a personal opinion...) This song has redeemed him in my eyes, lol.

    I love, love, love this song. It's a beautiful poem. The meaning is easy:

    One thing I've learned about "fairness" in life - the point is there is no point. It's your job to find the beauty in it. Human struggle is part of being alive. People can be on different and opposite spectrums at any given moment. What you do with yourself - your actions and attitiude - can impact others in so many ways. The best we can do is to do the best we can.
    drunkontheamtrakon May 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI take this song to be mainly an observation of the juxtapositions that happen in life, and secondly random thoughts pondered such as the boy chasing the bird, the jet plane in the sky, and the bridge with the water passing underneath.
    zachimalon June 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song and the new DMB album! As for meaning on this song, I think it's about irony and just how things happen in the world and there's not a lot we can do about them. These things aren't right or wrong.. they're just kinda funny (not haha-funny, but ironically funny). I think the line "Somebody's heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song.." is a reference to his song "Halloween" - He wrote it about a break up with an ex-girlfriend and yet, it's the song that is repeatedly chanted for and desired to hear at all his concerts. It's his broken heart and our favorite song.
    mykonstantineon June 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is AMAZING!!!
    as can be expected from dave matthews band.
    they rock the world.
    PrEsLeYsBiGsIsTaon September 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhh can't wait to see them tomorrow at IZOD. Great lyrics, great song.
    theozmanboon April 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with bawhite2. Hit it dead on.

    However, I also think the "Somebody's heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song" part is a subtle nod to LeRoi. I'm guessing this song was written after his death. Therefore, while it's many people's favorite song right now, the bands heart was broken because of his death. So right now, we are listening to the bands heartbreak & loving it. Kinda makes you feel bad if you think about it.
    crounsa810on April 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove...it!!!I can't wait to here all the other songs off this album...catchy song,I have listen to it like 50 times...and I really like it...To me it's about how someone hurt is someones happy,that saying another mans trash is another's tresure'....it's good thats for sure...
    loungenon April 14, 2009   Link

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