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."
Where do we go from here? Locked in our tunnel vision we fight private wars. It seems on every level we fight only for our causes. It’s hard to see past the pride we forge for ourselves. A killer’s kiss, the barrel of a gun, A million dead or merely the heart of one. One more horrific then the other but still all useless. Every time something doesn’t go our way, It falls victim to the plague of all humanity: Our senses sealed, our weapons out, another dead in the name of one, Of one God, of one truth, of one soul, of one drug, of one gun. We never learn... All of this in the name of one. Whole worlds torn from the inside. I won’t blame the sky or artificial highs; I won’t blame the symptom. We are the disease, none of us are exempt, we’re all guilty. How can we sleep at night? When a million cries echo through our homes and perfect ears? When a friend’s heart lay bloody and we’re holding the shears? To live is to give and take, it is to bend not break. Why can’t we learn? Why can’t we let go?
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