Truth of the matter is I'm complicated
You're as straight as they come
You go 'bout your day baby
While I hide from the sun

It's better if you don't understand
'Cause you won't know what it's like
Until you try

You know I, I'll be waiting on the other side
And you, all you gotta do is cross the line
I could wait a whole life time
But you just gotta decide
You know I, I'll be waiting on the other,
Waiting on the other side

We would live forever
Who could ask for more
You could die if you wanted
But baby what for

It's better if you don't understand
And you won't know what it's like
Until you try

You know I, I'll be waiting on the other side
And you, all you gotta do is cross the line
I could wait a whole life time
But you just gotta decide
You know I, I'll be waiting on the other,
Waiting on the other side

If they say life's a dream
Call this insomnia
'Cause this ain't Wonderland
It damn sure ain't Narnia
And once you cross the line
You can't change your mind
Yeah I'm a monster
But I'm no Frankenstein
And quite frankly
I've been feeling insane in between my eyes
I really can't explain what I feel inside
If you knew what I was you'd run and hide
Many have tried to go into the night
Cross over the line and come back alive
But that's the price we pay when we living on the other side

You know I, I'll be waiting on the other side
And you, all you gotta do is cross the line
I could wait a whole life time
But you just gotta decide
You know I, I'll be waiting on the other,
Waiting on the other side

It's better if you don't understand
It's better if you don't understand
It's better if you don't understand
It's better if you don't understand
It's better if you don't understand
It's better if you don't understand


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"The Other Side" as written by Bruno Mars Bobby Simmons

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  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about vampires!! for serious!!!
    it just makes way too much sense.
    when it is featured in break dawn, i will not be surprised. instead, i will stand up and yell, CALLED IT.
    lac6589on November 28, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song has to be about vampires.....kinda like an Edward and Bella situation. Think about it:

    "Yeah I'm a monster but I'm no Frankenstein"
    "You go 'bout your day baby while I hide from the sun"
    "If you knew what I was you's would run and hide"
    "We would live forever. Who could ask for more. You could die if you wanted. But baby what for?"

    It's about a guy asking a girl to "go into the night" and become a vampire. lac6589 is right. It has to be in the new twilight or a movie that rips off twilight



    jlwalk905on December 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationActually when I first heard this song I thought it was about vampires, mainly Twilight as well... but when I really thought about the song I realized it can relate to real people too - Psychopaths. Not the stereotypical psychopaths, either.

    I was recently diagnosed with Psychopathy and have had a hard time trying to tell my boyfriend... and this song exactly describes how I've been feeling.
    BomNZon January 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationYeah I'm also pretty sure it's about drugs or something similar related to seedy nightlife, maybe also a mental issue. It's left open so it can fit your particular vice!

    I think it would be perfect in Twilight or another similar vampire movie though!

    However, I do think it was written about drugs or related psychosis.

    "I'm complicated/you're as straight as they come"
    I have issues; you don't partake in any vices, but I have tons. ("straight" also refers to someone who doesn't party/do drugs. this usage was more popular before the word took on the meaning of heterosexuality. bruno mars has an old school vocabulary, so it makes sense that he would use "straight" to mean someone who refrains from drugs.)

    "I hide from the sun" doesn't have to refer to vampires. It can refer to seedy nightlife. He goes out at night because that's when all the bad stuff happens, all the parties. I myself hide from the sun, and even though I'm pale, I'm not a vampire. I'm just a miscreant who prefers the night.

    "you won't know what it's like until you try"
    suggests that it is a particular activity of some sort. of course this line is great for a vampire parallel. good for breaking dawn especially.

    "cross the LINE" coke reference? it's stretching it, i dunno. otherwise it could be more general, because once you try something you're stuck and corrupted, kind of like drug virginity (lol that sounds so stupid)

    "If they say life's a dream
    call this insomnia"
    lucidity that can be related to drugs, but also any other nightmare of a life, so any major problem.

    "'Cause this ain't Wonderland
    it damn sure ain't Narnia"
    you can't talk about wonderland without drugs. it's alluding to tripping into an alternate universe, but it's not so great because they have lots of problems. like using a drug to run away from all your issues. the fact that it ISN'T is part of a theme throughout the song of something painfully ordinary. he can't escape from the reality of his own life, no matter how hard he tries. similar to "i'm a monster/but i'm no frankenstein" which of course counters the idea that it's about twilight.
    it's saying that the speaker is a real person. "i'm a monster" because he has these problems/addiction, but frankenstein represents the supernatural, and I think a lot of this song is consciously going the other direction, about some serious real life problem, and, as i said, the desire to escape but inability to do so completely. however, this can get twilighty if you want, because twilight makes vampires very ordinary. so...

    i wonder if that made sense. to be honest i'm just procrastinating doing my homework, that's why i gave such a long analysis.
    DarkNightBlueson January 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd also like to point out two more things. haha.

    1.For the twilight interpretation people, I noticed something kind of cool:
    In the beginning it sounds like a wolf howl in the background if you listen closely.

    2.There are three vocalists on this track, all of whom probably wrote their own verses, so it's very probable that each one took the general idea in slightly different directions that all go together in a way. which is pretty neat.
    DarkNightBlueson January 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think you could apply this to someone who is gay and wanting someone who isn't, maybe that straight person is a close friend.

    Truth of the matter is, I'm complicated (i'm gay)
    You're as straight as they come (you are straight . . .)
    You go 'bout your day (without being judged for who you are)
    while i hide from the sun (because 'coming out' would hurt)

    It's better if you don't understand
    'cause you won't know what it's like
    until you try (try, to be gay with me)

    you know I, i'll be waiting on the other side (I'm gay | You are straight)
    and you, all gotta do is cross the line (come be gay with me)
    I could wait a whole lifetime
    but you gotta decide (between straight or gay)
    you know I, i'll be waiting on the other
    Waiting on the other side (I'm gay | You are straight)

    we could live forever
    who could ask for more
    you could die if you wanted (face all the hate with me)
    but baby what for (it's too much for you to handle)


    It's better if you don't understand (i wouldn't want you to get hurt)
    'cause you won't know what it's like (it would be to real for you to handle)
    until you try (unless you try to be gay with me)

    you know I, i'll be waiting on the other side (I'm gay | You are straight)
    and you, all gotta do is cross the line (come be gay with me)
    I could wait a whole lifetime
    but you gotta decide (between straight or gay)
    you know I, i'll be waiting on the other
    Waiting on the other side (I'm gay | You are straight)

    If they say life's a dream
    call this insomnia
    'cause this ain't wonderland
    it damn sure ain't narnia
    and once you cross the line (to be gay with me)
    you can't change your mind (once your gay, you're gay)
    yeah i'm a monster (by the rest of society's standards)
    but i'm no no Frankenstein
    and quite frankly
    i've been feeling insane in between my eyes
    i really can't explain what i feel inside (being gay is natural)
    If you knew what I was you'd run and hide (if you knew if i was gay, would we still be the same?)
    Many have tried to go into the night (hide in the closet, it's dark as night in here)
    cross over the line and come back alive (open the door, and be free, be alive)
    but that's the price we pay when we living on the other side (it hurts to be gay)


    you know I, i'll be waiting on the other side (I'm gay | You are straight)
    and you, all gotta do is cross the line (come be gay with me)
    I could wait a whole lifetime
    but you gotta decide (between straight or gay)
    you know I, i'll be waiting on the other
    Waiting on the other side (I'm gay | You are straight)

    (it's better to not cross, you won't get hurt)
    it's better if you don't understand
    it's better if you don't understand
    it's better if you don't understand
    it's better if you don't understand
    it's better if you don't understand
    it's better if you don't understand
    hytey09on December 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI honestly think this song is about vampires or werewolves...as gay as that sounds, but it sounds like it was made for twilight or something.
    bassmastax777on October 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think he's admitting 2 his girl that he's gay:
    "Truth of the matter is I'm complicated
    You're as STRAIGHT as they come"
    ..."And once you cross the line
    you can't change your mind"
    ..."I really cant explain what I feel inside
    If you knew what I was you would run and hide"
    ..."It's better if you don't understand"

    thats wat i think...
    liv2552on December 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpersonally i feel this song is bout a love triangle, one guy is on the outside while the girl he wants is with someone esle.

    You know I
    I've been waiting on the other side
    and you, all you gotta do is cross the line
    I could wait a whole life time
    but you just gotta decide
    carter23on December 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst off, I love this song. I agree that it's about vampires, but to be honest, I hope they did this just for fun, instead of for a twilight movie, because that would degrade the value of both this song, and my view of Bruno as an artist~
    Stolensoulon January 12, 2011   Link

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