There are days when I wake up
And I don't know what I'm doing here
I barely recognize the pair of eyes
Staring back at me in the mirror

But there was a day when I was free
Not a care that I could see
So good, I could barely believe that it was happening
Oh take me back again

When I was 16 with an open heart
Windows down in a beat up car
When I was dumb and the world was young
And she was beautiful
She was beautiful
She was beautiful

How do we end up like this
Living lives that we don't care about
Too busy fixing things on computer screens
While the grass grows green
Me I'm screaming out

There was a day that I was free
Not a care that I could see
So good, I could barely believe that it was happening
Oh take me back again

I was 16 with an open heart
Windows down in a beat up car
When I was dumb and the world was young
And she was beautiful
She was beautiful
She was beautiful
She was beautiful
She was beautiful

There was a day when I was free
Not a care that I could see
So good, I could barely believe it was happening
Oh take me back again

When I was 16 with an open heart
Windows down in a beat up car
When I was dumb and the world was young
The world was young
She was beautiful
She was beautiful

It was you
It was you
And you were beautiful

I was 16 with an open heart
Windows down in a beat up car
When I was dumb and the world was young
And she was beautiful



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    My InterpretationFor me, Ben Rector is talking about the comparison of our lives then and now.

    There are days when I wake up
    And I don't know what I'm doing here
    I barely recognize the pair of eyes
    Staring back at me in the mirror

    --->Here, I think he is saying that today, he can't see a clear picture of who he is, where he is, how he came in his situation now, why is he here, what is his purpose in life. He barely recognize who he really is when he tried to see his reflection...

    But there was a day when I was free
    Not a care that I could see
    So good, I could barely believe that it was happening
    Oh take me back again

    ---> He could still remember the time when he was still innocent, when he still has the freedom and he thinks it is the most beautiful thing he has ever had. He is wishing that if ever he could take back the time...

    When I was 16 with an open heart
    Windows down in a beat up car
    When I was dumb and the world was young
    And she was beautiful
    She was beautiful
    She was beautiful

    ---> Well, I don't know about the relationship of the age 16 with his story, but maybe it was his time when he felt he had a stress-free life, where he sees life as a simple place to be. He is describing what he feels when he remembers his childhood, his memory, he wanna feel again what he felt before... because it is beautiful...


    How do we end up like this
    Living lives that we don't care about
    Too busy fixing things on computer screens
    While the grass grows green
    Me I'm screaming out

    ---> He has a lot of question of how a simple life became so complicated, and that why is it that his environment now became too busy with the modern world without thinking of the past that should still be part of the new generation. He is one of the few who are aware that old, simple life should be taken back and that we should realize it...


    and the rest of the lyrics were just repeated...

    I think the "SHE" he's talking about is "LIFE" :) this song caught my heart. I felt like I want my childhood back, especially now that I am suffering a lot of stress and problems that I never thought could happen to me. I am wishing if I could turn back the time, I would change whatever I want for my future to be... I want to cherish life, and I regret how I wasted 5 years of it... :(
    ninik1224on September 27, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationHe's telling a story.

    It's about an older gentleman waking up and starting his day. He starts thinking about his younger days when he was 16 in his beat up car and he had a beautiful girlfriend. I imagine him in his leather jacket holding her hand with the wind in their hair and not a care in the world.

    "How do we end up like this?" He's looking at how much the world has changed since he was 16 with his girlfriend and how people don't take time to be with each other and everyone is held up by work and less important things than the ones you love. "While the grass grows green" everyone's inside playing video games and watching tv instead of outside having fun in the sun.

    He has another "flashback" to when he was 16. I imagine it's him and this same girl walking through an open field just spending time together because they love each other. I think he says "she was beautiful" over and over again because that's when he really realized how much she meant to him and how beautiful she really was. I imagine he might've proposed to her right there.

    When Ben is singing basically a Capella I imagine the old man remembering all the times he had with this beautiful girl. (Their wedding, anniversaries, kids, vacations, graduations, etc.)

    "It was you and you were beautiful" I think the old man is standing by his wife's grave and saying that you are still that beautiful girl I knew and that he still loves her and he misses her and he can't wait to see her again one day.


    Me and my friend are actually working on a music video for this song so if you're interested in watching it check out his channel on youtube (alechutch95) we'll be filming it this summer so there's no telling when it will be finished or uploaded but keep an eye out for it. Check out his other great videos like High Five, Schreckgespenst, Harlem Shake, Just Another Day, and a lot more. Of you have an idea for this video or wanna ask some questions about what we're gonna do feel free to email me at jschooler8596@aol.com
    jordan_shuler33on June 01, 2014   Link

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