"Where the Birds Always Sing" as written by Robert James Smith, Simon Gallup, Roger O'donnell, Perry Bamonte and Jason Toop Cooper....
The world is neither fair nor unfair
The idea is just a way for us to understand
But the world is neither fair nor unfair
So one survives
The others die
And you always want a reason why

But the world is neither just nor unjust
It's just us trying to feel that there's some sense in it
No, the world is neither just nor unjust
And though going young
So much undone
Is a tragedy for everyone

It doesn't speak a plan or any secret thing
No unseen sign or untold truth in anything...
But living on in others, in memories and dreams
Is not enough
You want everything
Another world where the sun always shines
And the birds always sing
Always sing...

The world is neither fair nor unfair
The idea is just a way for us to understand
No the world is neither fair nor unfair
So some survive
And others die
And you always want a reason why

But the world is neither just nor unjust
It's just us trying to feel that there's some sense in it
No, the world is neither just nor unjust
And though going young
So much undone
Is a tragedy for everyone

It doesn't mean there has to be a way of things
No special sense that hidden hands are pulling strings
But living on in others, in memories and dreams
Is not enough
And it never is
You always want so much more than this

An endless sense of soul and an eternity of love
A sweet mother down below and a just father above
For living on in others, in memories and dreams
Is not enough
You want everything
Another world
Where the birds always sing
Another world
Where the sun always shines
Another world
Where nothing ever dies


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"Where the Birds Always Sing" as written by Perry Bamonte Jason Toop Cooper

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  • +2
    General CommentSozluk, I think you've completely missed this song's meaning. Robert says himself that someone dying young is a 'tragedy', so there's nothing callous about it in that regard. It's just a realisation that there's no sense to the madness of the world, there's no one 'pulling strings' above (or below, for that matter) to make sure that things work out evenly (or fairly, or unfairly) for anyone. Conversely, there's no one who'll see that you're punished for any wrongdoings you might commit in your life. Good things don't neccessarily happen to good people, and bad things won't just happen to bad people because there's no omniscient being to ensure that it does. There's no karma, no fate, no universal justice, although people have chosen to see those things in the world around them because it helps them get through rough patches in life (as in, "Well, I'm suffering now, but it'll work out in the end and I'll be compensated by life somehow.").

    Humans don't like the idea of not being in control, or not having something in control, and so religion and other faith has cropped up throughout history to allow people to believe that there's some sense where there really isn't because helps people sleep at night.

    Now I'm rambling, so I'll shut up.

    Anyway, I love this song, it's my favourite from Bloodflowers.
    sephereniaon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPretty sure that Robert was reading David Hume when he wrote this. Hume was an 18th century philosopher who wrote that the laws of nature were neither reasonable nor unreasonable, they simply were. We're born with no innate knowledge of things, so our ideas and expectations can only be gathered from what we experience to a degree. From this there's no way to draw any reasonable conclusions that God does or doesn't exist, but of course the human condition dictates that people will always want something more or use that to explain things.
    rabbithowlon September 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts baisically explaining the way things really are. I think it kinda shows things on the broader picture. Things happen, crap happens and you think its the world out to get you, but it really isn't. Its just the way things work, no one really has it out for you, nor is anyone REALLY preventing stuff from happeneing (on a larger level). Life doesn't play revenege, or play favorites, things just happen, and we make these ideals to try to deal with it. And it works for most people.

    But its also saying how improving things, making the best, appriciating what you have also doesn't always happen. Everyone wants something more, something perfect. This ideal that's unattainable. To me the song puts things into perspective.
    Victory Marchon March 21, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMOSTLY EVERYONE WISHES WE LIVED IN PERFECTION WHERE EVERYTHING WENT YOUR WAY, BUT IF THIS WAS SO IT WOULDN'T BE SOMEONE ELSE'S WAY, THEREFORE IMPERFECT TO THAT SOMEONE ELSE, SO BASICALLY hE'S JUST TRYING TO LET US KNOW THAT IT'S NEVER EVER GOING TO ALWAYS BE OUR WAY BUT WE SHOULD MAKE THE BEST OUT OF IT BECAUSE THIS IS THE LIFE QUE NOS TOCO VIVIR
    nothing i amon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA SWEET MOTHER DOWN BELOW AND A JUST FATHER ABOVE <-- reminds me very much of paganism :) and i love this philosphy on life...... not trying to idolize robert smith or anything ;-)
    regardemylasheskgmon May 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like it quite a bit. It clearly shows the influence of existentialism of the Camus variety on Robert Smith (cf "Killing an Arab", a pretty transparent reference to Camus's "The Stranger"). Essentially, the world is what it is; no gods or devils or universal cosmic justice.
    Deliriumon March 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me so much of Iain Banks' The Crow road, I suggest you read it, then you'll see what I mean.

    The song (and the book) is about the vanity of life, all religion is a form of cowardice as people bury themselves in the arrogance that we are the most important creatures, which of course we aren't.
    We try to justify all the bad things by insisting there is a different between good and evil, when really all there is is fundamental beliefs and ignorance.
    "The world is neither fair nor unfair"
    These are only human concepts, words to try and understand ourselves. People die, that's all their is to it. Probably anyway.
    Very heavy stuff, but I believe it.
    riverofletheon November 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing, beautiful, incredible, etc.

    wonderful bass line by the way
    SafeAsHouseson December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentroberts hommage to richard dawkins :-)
    lilikoion September 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song describes the philosophy of Brights and Robert's own Atheistic beliefs. This is probably one of my favorite songs. I agree with it 100%.
    yesko86on August 02, 2009   Link

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