"Out there" as written by and Juliana Hatfield....
You drive around aimlessly.
Don't know what you hope to see.
You know it's stupid.

I see you when I pass you by.
I'm afraid to meet your eye.
I know it's stupid.

You have a voice, you have a phone,
But you're usually alone.
You know it's stupid.

I have a body and a brain,
But I turn them off again...again.
I know it's stupid.

There's nothin' to do.
It's so hard to talk to you
And people never do what they want to.
I don't know what and I don't know where,
But I know it's out there.
It must be out there somewhere.

I'm gonna leave this place.
Gonna' leave this life of waste.
Gonna' put on a new face.

Where was I before?
I'm not there anymore.
Went away and tried to come back.
Maybe I shouldn't have done that.

There's nothin' to do.
It's so hard to talk to you
And people never do what they want to.
I don't know what and I don't know where,
But I know it's out there.
It must be out there somewhere.

There's nothin' to do.
It's so hard to talk to you
And people never do what they want to.
I don't know what and I don't know where.
There's nothing out there.
It's not out there anywhere.

I'm gonna' leave this town.
Gonna' leave it like I found it.
Gonna' turn myself around


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    General CommentEasily my favorite Blake babies song. Most songs only have one hook...this one has two..and they're both stellar.
    DecemberGuyon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. I'm not sure what it's about, but I'll take a crack at it.

    I would just guess that the girl in the song has grown tired of her hometown. She feels confined by it, and thinks that the people there are confined too. She seems to think that the person she's addressing- not sure if this is someone she has feelings for, or just a friend- could have a relationship if he (or she I guess) wanted to (You have a voice and you have a phone) but she doesn't. Likewise, the singer is in something of the same position, but every time she has the chance, she "turns her brain and body off," and screws it up.
    The reason I think it might be about a crush is the "it's so hard to talk to you" line. The frusteration in the line- it's easily the most emotional one in the song- implies something more than friendship, I think.
    So, both of them are stifled. I think she blame it on the town, because she always talks about leaving.
    I'm not sure what the second line of the second verse means... however, it does make sense if she regrets trying to come back, and that was a mistake, because she was stifled again.
    There are numerous references to leaving, and finding something more- whatever's "Out There," but by the end she seems to have grown more cynical, yet still wants to leave. However, she doesn't seem to think she's had any impact on the town, since she'll "leave it like she found it."
    TheSilverNobleon December 10, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationA great song... from a great album.

    I think the song is about her having a crush on this other person. "It's so hard to talk to you." She has troubles catching his eye, and when she does talk to him, her brain turns off and she feels like she's making a fool out of herself. She wonders if he feels the same way about her - he drives around aimlessly and is always alone. I get the feeling that he might feel the same way about her, but they both are too shy, so they never will find out. (This may be a stretch).

    I think Noble takes the line "Gonna leave this town" too literally. I think she wants to change her life - so she's goona leave this place - presumably get rid of her shyness so she can actually talk to this guy. Pehaps the town is a symbol - where people drive aimlessly around and don't connect.

    The lines regarding what's "Out There" is the greatest line, but most mysterious. To me, she's talking about "the meaning of life" or " a reason to all the madness" in this world where no one is connecting with one another.
    MamboManon March 01, 2012   Link

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