"Standing By The Sea" as written by and Grant Hart....
There was no one all around
There was no one there but me
I was staring out a window
I was standing by the sea

The waves kept on repeating
Each one crashing to the shore
And my footprints nowhere leading
As they disappeared once more

Your senses are bombarded
By the roaring that you hear
In a shell you can hear the ocean
When you put it up to your hear

There was no one all around
There was no one there but me
I was staring out a window
I was standing by the sea


Lyrics submitted by OwnPersonalDemon, edited by jpaulo

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    General CommentPretty sure the lyrics printed here are incomplete (as with most of the Zen Arcade lyrics on this site), but in any case, this is a brilliant song about alienation. On the album, it's a part of a great run of great Grant Hart songs in a row..."What's Going On," this one, "Somewhere," and "Pink Turns to Blue." Some of the man's greatest songs, in an album full of some of Bob's greatest songs too.

    Beyond the Huskers, there's only been a few other bands that have been blessed with more than one great songwriter (The Beatles, of course, The Go-Betweens, Fleetwood Mac...there's not many).
    leamancon July 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is fucking brilliant.
    XpoferenSon June 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClearly about a man who's alone on the world, and is looking at the see from his beach house...
    cnkl911on August 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentProbably after a plane crash, btw
    cnkl911on August 18, 2007   Link

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