Per the FAQ on Keane's website, Keane's drummer Richard Hughes, stated the following: "We've been asked whether "Somewhere Only We Know" is about a specific place, and Tim has been saying that, for him, or us as individuals, it might be about a geographical space, or a feeling; it can mean something individual to each person, and they can interpret it to a memory of theirs... It's perhaps more of a theme rather than a specific message... Feelings that may be universal, without necessarily being totally specific to us, or a place, or a time..." With the nostalgic sentiment and the overall tone of the song, I think Keane is attempting to express a Portuguese term known as 'saudade', which does not have a direct English translation but roughly means "that which we remember because it is gone."
from the birth shallow and inferior thoughts and actions descendants of adam’s curse destiny plays its hand sowing the seeds of baal incubus ever deaf to the judgment seventy years of self indulgence the soul mourns the lust of the flesh consumes the eyes gateway of the beast the pride of life ascension of the body the beloved has fallen to the wayside brush aside sacrifice of life gorge on the blackness slacking the thirst on the innocent swallow and laugh it hastens the apocalypse moments pass considering the torn veil the heart lies the tongue deceives man brandishes the weapon thorn in the side of salvation with aggression desecration fills the air there will be a reckoning all is well the soul of man is at ease peace for a day a thousand years running to the water time stands still burn a chill follows the blood runs cold wrath fall and confess murderer deceiver you will die whoremonger you will die man of perdition you will die for all these things you will die
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