"Umbrella Beach" as written by and Adam R. Young....
Stands and gears, oh how the daisies bloom
When chandeliers light up the engine room
Can you feel the drops as it starts to rain
There's an underwater Ferris wheel where
I found the missing link to this island chain

Home will always be here unseen, out of sight
Where I disappear and hide
I think dreamy things as I'm waving goodbye
So I'll spread out my wings and fly

Home is a boxcar and it's so far out of reach
Hidden under umbrella beach

Home will always be here, unseen, out of sight
Where I disappear and hide
I think dreamy things as I'm waving goodbye
So I'll spread out my wings and fly

I'll spread my wings and fly

Home is a boxcar and it's so far out of reach
Hidden under umbrella beach


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"Umbrella Beach" as written by Adam R. Young

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    General CommentThis song is about having a secret place you can escape to and be alone. As suggested by the video, the boxcar is something adam has to build himself, "out of reach", and the umbrella beach is his get away place, beautiful and totally hidden. Just my interpretation :)
    William0on December 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI get the feeling that this song is about... leaving somewhere, one's birthplace most likely, but knowing that no matter wherever you go, the place you leave will always and unconditionally be your home.

    "Home will always be here, unseen, out of sight, where I disappear and hide" means to me that the speaker is embarking on some kind of trip that will take him to far places, and yet he can always rely on this place to be somewhere safe, where he can rest.

    "And I think dreamy things as I'm waving goodbye, so I'll spread out my wings and fly" seems to say that the singer is a child that understands that he has to leave one day. However, he will always have fond memories of the place, and when he spreads his wings he will "fly" and make a new path for himself.

    But in the end... he'll never forget home, no matter how far it is.
    Arbieleonon April 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song :D

    And I think it's "home will always be here, unseen, out of sight"
    At least that's what I hear, haha.
    pinklimonadeon July 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionSure, it's flamboyant, but it is quite a well-written song. I like it. 5 stars.
    gplpark92on July 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely my favourite song by Owl City. I'm pretty sure he's talking about a space where he can hide and not be afraid of anything around him, and just be alone. Very good song. Trippy.
    1time4urmindon August 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere the question mark is, its probably not "sea out of sight"
    either
    "Home will always be here on the scenery' side"
    or
    "Home will always be here, unseen, outta sight" (I think its this one)
    haleyyannon September 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's a dream getaway, a sanctuary. This world is always so serious, so it's good to have a hidden spot to relax and have fun
    varsityfc16on December 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is incredible. I need to have this played while I'm on a dancefloor, and do a lightstick routine during the chorus :P
    tedmosby25on May 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really is quite sad. It seems like he is looking back on your life, and just trying to get away from it all. Combined with the video, it looks to me like it's about someone wanting to end their life, and just get away. "I'll spread my wings and fly". It's heartbreaking. I bet an acoustic version of this would make me cry.
    paperprincesson May 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationA couple things:

    1. The first line is 'stems and gears', not 'sands and gears'. Other than that the lyrics seem to be correct.

    2. As far as I can tell, the song is either meaningless innocent surrealism or it's talking about a place to go and be in peace when life is confusing and scary ("Can you feel the drops as it starts to rain/There's an underwater Ferris wheel/Where I found the missing link to this island chain"). He's probably talking about heaven/being in God's grace, but those who have a problem with religion can take it any way they want.
    invisiboy42293on May 26, 2010   Link

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