Funny the Way It Is

For the last seven weeks I haven’t been able to stop listening to the new Dave Matthews Band album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. It’s so good, and it just gets better with each listen. Although it’s a very diverse album musically, all of the songs somehow fit together, making it a really solid album, not just a bunch of songs thrown together. Anyway, ever since the first time I heard Dave’s music I’ve been interested in his lyrics. They strike a chord with me (pun fully intended). But seriously, I find them very interesting. His lyrics have lots of spiritual themes and often touch on sexuality too. He’s also preoccupied with death and seems to have a sort of seize-the-day philosophy about life. Sometimes his lyrics are in-your-face, sometimes they’re humorous, and other times they’re quite poignant and moving.

Funny the Way It Is is a case in point. It’s a song off of their new album and on top of being a hoot musically, the lyrics are quite unique. The song is about the ironies of life, from the mundane to the tragic. Dave is pondering how one person can have the worst day of their life, and their neighbour down the street can be having the best day of their life. Either way, the world keeps on spinning and life goes on, each of us coping as best we can. By juxtaposing the opposing experiences, Dave creates a reflective kind of mood in his listeners. He pauses briefly to wonder, “Is there someone up there looking down on me?” Is there someone to make sense of it all? he seems to be asking. In this way it’s really a song about the human condition. How are we to interpret the twists of everyday life? Why do the horrific and the ordinary seem to coexist so naturally? Anyway, below are the lyrics. If you want to read them along to the music, you can listen to the song on the band’s MySpace page. Let me know what you think.

Lying in the park on a beautiful day
Sunshine in the grass and the children play
Sirens passing, fire engine red
Someone’s house is burning down on a day like this

Evening comes and we’re hanging out
On the front step and a car goes by
With the windows rolled down
That War song is playing, “Why can’t we be friends”
Someone is screaming and crying in the apartment upstairs

Funny the way it is if you think about it
Somebody’s going hungry, someone else is eating out
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
Somebody’s heart is broken, it becomes your favourite song

The way your mouth feels in your lovers kiss
Like a pretty bird on a breeze or water to a fish
Bomb blast brings the building crashing to the floor
Hear the laughter while the children play war

Standing on a bridge
Watch the water passing underneath
It must have been much harder
When there was no bridge, just water
Now the world is small compared to how it used to be
With mountains and oceans and rivers and stars

Cross the sky, a jet plane so far out of my reach
Is there someone up there looking down on me?
Boy chase the bird, so close but every time
He never catch her but he can’t stop trying

Funny the way it is if you think about it
One kid walks ten miles to school, another’s droppin’ out
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
A soldier’s last breath, his baby’s being born
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
Somebody’s broken heart becomes your favourite song

2 Comments

  1. must confess, i've never even heard a song by him, but i've always wanted to. not really sure why i haven't. especially since i know you have a bunch of his albums. lol.anyways, love those lyrics. especially that line "somebody's heart broken becomes your favourite song." that is SOOO true. but i've never thought of it that way before. 🙂

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  2. oh, and now that i've listened to the live one, which is awesome, i wanna borrow this one too. i wanna hear him with a band.pretty pretty please.with a cherry on top.

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