Dave Matthews Band - Funny The Way It Is Lyrics




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
And evening comes, and we're hanging out
On the front step and a car goes by with the windows rolled down
And that war song is playing, "Why can't we be friends"
Someone is screaming 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 favorite song

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

Funny the way it is, if you think about it
One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
On a soldier's last breath, his baby's being born

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 winters and rivers and stars

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

Funny the way it is, if you think about it
One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
On a soldier's last breath, his baby's being born
Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
Somebody's broken heart become your favorite song
Funny the way it is, if you think about it
One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out

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 winters and rivers and stars





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Dave Matthews Band Funny The Way It Is Comments
  1. The Way It Is

    So, this is the way it is...funny.

  2. Elie Elis

    We can try..try..and keep on trying..small steps.ee

  3. Brian oxrud

    2 millions views, the human race is lost

  4. Ash Fisher

    weird but interesting, so many details left or me not being understood

  5. GabrielKnightz

    He's like the american son of Phil Collins and Sting.

  6. Dan Ferratella

    This is the first tine I’ve watched the actual video and it’s entertaining...typical Dave!! Love it!!

  7. stephlake powell

    happy Halloween, I am giving out toothbrushes and condoms. I hate my neighborhood. I will tell the kids to use the money they stole from me too by candy, and explain how to use a toothbrush. random..

  8. stephlake powell

    use poo puree...then it will smell like the rosebuds that women endure.

  9. Elie Elis

    Public art.

  10. Avery Burkett

    I love Dave and have never seen this video, but can i speak for everyone and just say what the f**k.

  11. Luke Tomasello

    Live the song, hate the video

  12. jMF My Music

    Sweet tune. Much love for this band.
    Added to my 20.This.Week Playlist! Check me out!

  13. Chran Mannrence

    You wanna know a real & true Irony: I met Dave Matthews on the street when I was growing up (high school). I was a metal head, & didn't really like his genre of music, but on a dare a classmate said to walk up to him and say hi. That's all I did. (Circa 1993-1994).

    This was on University Ave in... Charlottesville, Virginia. The same city where so much divisive fighting has been occuring for centuries, a metal head and a pop/ alternative musician briefly met and then went our separate ways.

    Sher T

    Chran Mannrence Lucky man :)

  14. Ashley Orr

    Lying in the park on a beautiful day
    Sunshine in the grass, and the children play
    Siren's passing, fire engine red
    Someone's house is burning down on a day like this
    The evening comes and we're hanging out
    On the front step and a car rolls by with the windows rolled down
    And 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 and someone else is eating out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    Somebody's heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song
    The way your mouth feels in your lovers kiss
    Like a pretty bird on a breeze or water to a fish
    A bomb blast brings a building crashing to the floor
    You hear the laughter while the children play war
    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    On a soldier's last breath his baby's being born
    Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing under me
    It must've been much harder when there was no bridge just water
    Now the world is small, remember how it used to be
    With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars
    Watch the sky, the jet planes, so far out of my reach
    Is there someone up there looking down on me?
    Boy chase a bird, so close but every time
    He'll never catch her, but he can't stop trying
    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    On 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 favorite song
    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    A kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing under me
    It must've been much harder when there was no bridge just water
    Now the world is small, remember how it used to be
    With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars

  15. Chase Gainey

    Amazing band

  16. Santiago Andrey

    PS Home days ahhhh

  17. 916mw

    Autism at its finest

  18. imanual mahida

    Got that nostalgia smells in the air

    Sher T

    Oh man tell me about it :/

  19. Lexi Ram

    This song makes me want to rip my eyeballs out no cap

  20. Normal Person

    I found it. Sweet god, I found it.

    Sher T

    Normal Person feels good yea?

  21. Connor O'Neill

    I find it sad that this is song has been out almost a decade. I feel old and I’m nowhere near old

  22. E J

    Lying in the park on a beautiful day
    Sunshine in the grass, and the children play
    Siren's passing, fire engine red
    Someone's house is burning down on a day like this
    The evening comes and we're hanging out
    On the front step and a car rolls by with the windows rolled down
    And 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 and someone else is eating out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    Somebody's heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song
    The way your mouth feels in your lovers kiss
    Like a pretty bird on a breeze or water to a fish
    A bomb blast brings a building crashing to the floor
    You hear the laughter while the children play war
    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    On a soldier's last breath his baby's being born
    Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing under me
    It must've been much harder when there was no bridge just water
    Now the world is small, remember how it used to be
    With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars
    Watch the sky, the jet planes, so far out of my reach
    Is there someone up there looking down on me?
    Boy chase a bird, so close but every time
    He'll never catch her, but he can't stop trying
    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    On 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 favorite song
    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    A kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing under me
    It must've been much harder when there was no bridge just water
    Now the world is small, remember how it used to be
    With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars

  23. Hubbabushka

    1:55 he looked like Mr. Bean

  24. Elie Elis

    Angel from universal truth. Matthews band

  25. Sad Sappy Sucker

    Mr Bean gone crazy

  26. Andres Toro Londoño

    This is poetry... my skin shivers and my eyes come to tears everytime I listen to this beautiful song

  27. Abdul Aly

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

    The evening comes and we're hanging out
    On the front step and a car rolls by with the windows rolled down
    And 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 and someone else is eating out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    Somebody's heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song

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

    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    On a soldier's last breath his baby's being born

    Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing under me
    It must've been much harder when there was no bridge just water
    Now the world is small, remember how it used to be
    With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars

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

    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    One kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out
    Funny the way it is, not right or wrong
    On 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 favorite song
    Funny the way it is, if you think about it
    A kid walks 10 miles to school, another's dropping out

    Standing on a bridge, watch the water passing under me
    It must've been much harder when there was no bridge just water
    Now the world is small, remember how it used to be
    With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars

  28. Louisiana Life

    Is that hunter s thompson

  29. Jamie .Farrell

    So I understand what the song is about but can anyone tell me what the music video is about?

  30. Brett Wodon

    this song is just fucking beautiful

  31. William Covington

    this video does not do the lyrics of this song justice, AT ALL! Beautiful song!

  32. operdias piddle

    This music sucks a plant

  33. Ryan Rittman

    Best song ever written

  34. Elie Elis

    celieelis.com. wp

  35. Shayne Tybur

    Life is quite comical...

  36. Grandmaster Jones

    What a bunch of Great musicians

  37. Jenn St. Ours

    Dave Matthews is a man of many talents! A true rare genuine soul and an amazing person. Him + his band mates = Absolutely Phenomenal!!!! R.I.P. Leroy!

  38. Marco Polo

    "Funny the way it is, if you think about it.."

  39. null

    nostalgia

  40. olivia harston

    I think it would be beautiful if someone remade this video, but put themselves in the place of the people going through the bad stuff

  41. Rachel McCall

    Dave Mathew's band is talking about reality. The lyrics, describe the brutality. The video, describes the reality of fears. We have seen these images.

  42. Tool 123

    Tom Hanks rocking out

  43. James Montgomery

    So good. Can either be viewed as a tragic song or a happy song. For every good thing something bad happens or for every bad thing happens something better happens. Glass half full/half empt type situation.

  44. Noah Sanderson

    Gets me in a happy mood. Heard it at work while taking a piss and started dancing, was hyped rest of my shift 😆

    Sher T

    Noah Sanderson love that feeling

  45. John-boy

    Lyrics remind me a little of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way it is"

  46. luis ramirez

    Insanity must prevail in Dave"s family , that is why he is so good !!

  47. SHELLBACKS CLUB

    they have the worst, cheapest videos.

  48. SHELLBACKS CLUB

    how long have we been waiting for the supposed new album? frickin ridiculous!

  49. Young Grinch

    Love the song hate the video

  50. Gerardo Davila

    I have mixed emotions about this. I think it's good and bad . More good than bad. But I don't know. I'm confused.






    To future bosses. Don't fire Me /please hire me.



    To future me, I bet you only think the Dave Matthews band rocks only when you're buzzed.
    If so I win the bet.
    Tell Mikael you want the $50 bucks.

  51. Jarod Marino

    Great message!

  52. Joe Seiler

    Dave is the best of all time! if u can feel what he's saying then you can clearly see he's the best!

  53. Mattybot 3000

    I feel like Dave Matthews is trying so hard to be Peter Gabriel in this video.

  54. Philip Snyder

    When I first watched this video I thought what a weird wasted video. I'd have done it so many other ways... and then later it occurred to me -- maybe he didn't even want to do this video... isn't it funny the way that is?

  55. Emily Dunn

    #Garza I belong to you.. you belong to me.. you're my sweetheart :P

  56. Jon C Wolf

    One of the greatest songs!!! [and videos!!!!]Mr Matthews gets a pass from me when it comes to song writing. Musically and lyrically. He can continue until he says he wants to quit. Which I hope will be never. His heart and soul is in every song.

  57. Robbie Kite

    I'm trying to process what I just watched

  58. Roger Smith of Paradigm City

    In the end, he tore down the projection. That's what one does with introspection.

  59. CelticKnight92

    Am I the only one who thinks 1:54-2:13 and the ending is the best part of the song?

  60. Patrick Johnson

    This song is way to true love it

  61. Jon Armstrong

    Dave's just depicting a bunch of different people coexisting at the same time. While you've got a sleazy guy trying to sell you a car, there's a prisoner of war about to be put down, and a rock star living the good life. While we overeat pizza, someone's starving to death. Funny the way it is.

  62. Nic Drungilas

    Awesome song!

  63. Natasha Romanoff

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL HOW DOES NOT LIKE THIS NOT ME I LOVE IT

  64. S.C. Wood

    ok, I remember seeing this music video at a bowling alley when I was a kid but it really freaked me out.

  65. FateandAndrea

    What the fuck was this music video

  66. bet902

    love the lyrics :) so thoughtful and intelligent

  67. Kay Bowers

    His smile just melts me!

  68. WuShu101

    Dave doesn't remind me of anything, Just know its' all real and I live my life being that person critical of all of you, who forget the way it is. Funny the way we share the same first name.

  69. iKeya45

    Some of his facial expressions remind me of Negan from TWD.

    cgpriceisright -

    iKeya45 Yess!!

  70. Starr MEdia Designs, LLC.

    Funny the way it is...

  71. James Reddington

    This music video makes him look 10 times crazier.

  72. Karen Stickney

    If our favorite songs are other people's broken hearts, then why do the singers sing about it in the first place? Is that what they are intending when they sing about their broken hearts? If you don't want the world to know about your life, then why sing about it?

  73. blake yonker

    Oh, Dave, you magnificent, weirdo. I love you.

  74. Flap Jack

    god i hate this video, but what a great song

  75. lionel martin

    best dmb song in the last 10 years

  76. Dorene Lopez

    funny right or wrong ~~~~

  77. imaprouduclabruin

    My favourite lyrics were:

    "Funny the way it is, if you think about it,
    See good looking white actors on TV, most white people in real life are ugly,
    Funny the way it is, no right or wrong,
    A girl wears g-strings to hide panty lines, it slips up above her pants and makes people think she's a slut"

    Alan Baker

    imaprouduclabruin don't worry, white people don't want you anyways

    AliceinChains56

    imaprouduclabruin Weird, racist comment. Ya, proud of yourself? There's a reason there's good looking actors on TV, honey

  78. BrianS317

    Dave at times look like Robert Smith.

  79. Sir Arthur Frentzel

    Goop on da head........... Goo on da head. Lol

  80. Sydney Sargeant

    Funny the way it is....

  81. Aaron Brown

    wow this might be worse than AIDS

    Jason Ginsburg

    your existence is the cancer of existence. you clearly have no taste. furthermore if you hate this so much, listen to something else. to each their own but I like this do fuck off. is it my favorite? no but still good nevertheless

    Nick Grimes

    To quote the great philosopher Peter Griffin:

    "Oh my God, WHO. THE HELL. CARES?"

  82. Rataya Thomas

    l 😍 this song Dave Matthews band hug kiss

  83. Roslyn Windham

    I love this song so much! P.s. my name is Glori I'm 9

  84. Shel Smith

    Whatever is going on here, I love it and I feel it

    Truestory

    looked like Dave was on acid

    Dom Love

    Truestory Yes you are

    Dom Love

    Shel Smith Can't feel it if you don't know what it is

  85. Nick Paternostro

    I got a Drake ad before this video. The insult to music is intense there.

    HawksNest

    Nick Nolte Just a different era and culture. No disrespect there.

    Rob Stephen

    Hawks-then why did so many people agree with Nick, then? Are you implying they are all rigidly closed-minded\self-righteous, or say-stuck in a "Different era?" Because if so, such an arbitrary inference is based off a logically contradictory system, called moral relativity. Moral relativity decimates its own position, by believing itself to be absolutely unquestionably (A trait of dogma also found in empirical deterministic "faith in 5 senses alone, period) precepts of anti-metaphysical science) deterministically true. That cannot logically be probable, based off shaky premises of phenomenonical subjectivism. And if All art has equally important value, that means that trivial cultural superficial waste can get away with being twisted as "beautiful\precious\signifigant. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder " requires a belief system , just as moral absolutism does. One is a non-secular belief system , whereas the other is a secularized belief system. Ethics 101. You are prompting them to think beyond what you may label a opinion\perspective, but I am ironically the one informing you of the whole equation of cultural big pictures and their intrinsic double standards. If you reply I mean no personal disrespect , so no name-calling, plz. Thx : )

    Happy_Master

    Yes, isn't the music from the era of the David Mathews band just so much greater than what we have now?

    the random channel

    @Happy_Master i could agree more i see that you are a person who is very intelligent

    Happy_Master

    @the random channel Thx

  86. Blooregard Q. Kazoo

    1:59 Dave looks like jim carreys grinch

    Nick Grimes

    AAAAAAAAANNNNNNDDDDDDDD now that's all I see. Thanks.

  87. boob

    Hands down dave matthews is the song bird of my generation. would give anything to see him in concert.

    Kat Garry

    Just saw him in Cincinnati and he was MAGNIFICENT! Hilarious and talented. Highly recommend you make a show 👍🙌❤️

    Halie Loranger

    i've been blessed to have seen him 18 times.

    Natasha Romanoff

    When I was 3 and 4 we would go to one every month

    John Snow

    I was never really into dave until some1 gave me a ticket back in 03 or 04 decided to give him a shot now i hit up noblesville every summer great dancin music but he still cant touch a live phish show

    Amber Phillips

    My daughter's going to her first concert today for her 10th birthday. She's seeing Dave! My husband and I have been like 10+ times. He puts on a great show!

  88. Whipsaw

    I hate it when videos have nothing to do with the context of the song. This video makes no sense.

    OGIN

    it does make sense. you just have to be a true dmb fan.

    William Bullitt

    +N0TS0SUBTLE yeah but it's funny the way it is if you think about it

    Susan Evitts

    its about how fame can change people

    Cody Schweitzer

    You can't extract meaning from something that has none. Funny the way it is, don't you agree? It's not right or wrong. You have to make up your own meaning.

    gigliopoetry

    its an artistic expression of the carousal of emotions Dave feels while floating through the seemingly empty synthetic landscape of modern life. Its art.

  89. Teague F. Molloy

    This is the coolest shit like Sugar Magnolia!

  90. Jesse McElwain

    geesh. This changes my perception of Dave. Love the song but not too sure about this video.

    William Bullitt

    +Jesse McElwain i think it's funny the way it is if you think about it

    Paranoia Aod

    Small details in the video include him shaking and rubbing the sides of his head; signs of him trying to cope with the insane ironies in the world. Things like children playing a "game" based on real events that cause mass loss of life. The irony being that what is simply fun and games to children, the most innocent of human beings (arguably), is in reality a cruel and horrendous event that occurs daily and, to some other children, is a daily struggle of life and death.

    We can also see that every time a tragic event occurs he simply turn his attention elsewhere "...Someone's house is burning down on a day like this/ Evening comes and we're hanging out..." This is exactly what the World does when we hear of tragic things, we tune out the things we don't want to hear (a great example is Haiti, which is still ruined because of the earthquake and yet everyone has long forgotten about the aid efforts that were supposedly being sent over).


    You can also see that after he wipes the jam off his face he is thrust into an orange jumpsuit and black bag symbolising prisoners of war.


    Closer to the end we see the flashing lights and his sped up movements while he is moving back and forth, closer and farther to the camera, this represents him delving into the insanity of the world itself.


    In the end, he can no longer deal with the craziness going on around him and just opts to leave everything.


    (original comment from Adolf Hitler) I think this man had the best analysis of the video.

  91. Michael Maxwell

    Reminds me of Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Wild physical mannerisms before film stars could speak! :)

  92. Urban Curbin'

    Reminds me of Peter Gabriel.His antics and silliness.

    ConsciousMachine 413

    ive said this many times, and they are both south african, right? great call, brother!

    Carter Elliott

    It does remind me of the "Sledgehammer" video a bit.

    JoeJoe

    Peter Gabriel is British @ConsciousMachine 413

  93. patrick brewer

    Reminds me of my ex & I just soaking up the Summer of '08 & '09. I still miss her til this day. She was honestly the best thing that happened to me but my young & inconsiderate ass messed it all up. Teebs I miss & still love you thru the thick & the thin. High Tides or Low Tides.

    WLA Ayala

    Go get her ass back

    WhaddupImJohn

    I feel ya man. I lost this girl because I was too scared to tell her how I feel. Been two years and not a day goes by I don't think of her.

    Brenndy

    WhaddupImJohn So tell her!

    Caroline Menezes

    Talk to her

  94. Matt Teausaw

    My childhood brought me here

    Zachary Deeb

    same my dad showed me this when I was 5 an it is 10 years later

    assiracarissasa

    This song is only 7 years old. Released in 2009, man.

    Random Stranger Daniel Rathers

    Exact same

    bobbyo784

    +Zachary Deeb so your three years into the future??

  95. Traci Culler

    Can't watch this video and listen to the sincerity of this song at the same time!

  96. Moxie Modern

    My favorite song from DMB

  97. Dorene Lopez

    what a true blue man think about it !!! makes me want to jump in a nice sweet lake and swim under looking for my true blue ..... hey blue blue what happened man more music yeahhhhh oh my my need more coffee <3 love you Matthews always

  98. Jack Jones

    best song

  99. Michael Blue Riband

    song of the day: 20/10/2015 This isn't funny.

    Michael Blue Riband

    27.01.2018/ oh now i get it

    Michael Blue Riband

    05-02-2019: this must be the incomprehensible part of the transition.