Mystery
Hugh Laurie Lyrics


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Mystery

All my life has been a mystery

You and I were never ever meant to be

That's why I call my love for you a mystery
Different country

You and I have always lived in a different country

And I know that airline tickets don't grown on a tree

So what kept us apart is plain for me to see

That much at least is not really a mystery

Estuary

I live in a houseboat on an estuary

Which is handy for my work with the Thames Water Authority

But I know that you would have found it insanitry

Insanitry

Taken a violent dislike to me

I'd be foolish to ignore the possibilities

That if we had ever actually met you might have hated me

Still, that's not the only problem that I can see

Dead since 1973

You've been dead now.. wait a minute let me see

Fifteen years come next January

As a human being you are history

So why do I still long for you?

Why is my love so strong for you?

Why did I write this song for you?

Well.. I guess it's just a mystery





Mystery

Overall Meaning

In "Mystery," Hugh Laurie sings about a love that was never meant to be. He describes how he and his love interest have always lived in different countries and how their distance has made it impossible for them to be together. Laurie describes himself as living in a houseboat in an estuary which is handy for his job with the Thames Water Authority. He acknowledges that his love interest might have taken a violent dislike to him if they had ever met in person.


The song takes on a melancholic tone as Laurie reveals that his love interest has been dead since 1973. Despite this, Laurie still longs for her and wonders why his love for her is so strong. The song takes the listener through Laurie's thoughts about his unfulfilled love as he tries to unravel the mystery of why he still feels this way.


The lyrics of this song highlight the sorrow and heartbreak of unrequited love. It is a relatable theme that resonates with many people. The simple, yet soulful melody of the song adds to its emotional impact.


Line by Line Meaning

All my life has been a mystery
My entire life has been full of questions and unknowns, including my love for you.


You and I were never ever meant to be
Our paths were never meant to cross or intertwine.


That's why I call my love for you a mystery
My love for you is inexplicable and puzzling given our circumstances.


You and I have always lived in a different country
We have always existed in different parts of the world, making it difficult for us to connect.


And I know that airline tickets don't grown on a tree
I am aware that the cost of transportation between our countries is not reasonable or easy to come by.


So what kept us apart is plain for me to see
The reasons why we never connected are clear and evident.


That much at least is not really a mystery
The reasons for our separation are not the mystery of my love.


I live in a houseboat on an estuary
I reside on a houseboat that is stationed along a river that is connected to the ocean.


Which is handy for my work with the Thames Water Authority
It is helpful that my living situation is ideal for my job at the Thames Water Authority.


But I know that you would have found it insanity
I am aware that if you had experienced my way of living, you would have thought it was insane or crazy.


Taken a violent dislike to me
You would have formed a strong negative opinion of me and my living situation.


I'd be foolish to ignore the possibilities
It would be unwise for me to disregard the potential outcomes of us meeting and your reaction to me.


That if we had ever actually met you might have hated me
It is probable that if we had met, you would have developed a strong aversion to me.


You've been dead now.. wait a minute let me see
You have been deceased, let me try to recall for how long.


Fifteen years come next January
It has been fifteen years since you passed away, and January marks the anniversary of your death.


As a human being you are history
You are no longer alive and thus a part of the past.


So why do I still long for you?
Despite your passing and our separation, my feelings for you still exist.


Why is my love so strong for you?
It is difficult for me to comprehend why I feel so passionately about you given our circumstances.


Why did I write this song for you?
Writing this song was my way of expressing my emotions towards you and the events that led to our separation.


Well.. I guess it's just a mystery
Overall, my love for you and our separation remain unclear and puzzling to me.




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Mystery
All my life has been a mystery
You and I were never ever meant to be
That's why I call my love for you
A mystery

Different country
You and I have always lived
In a different country
And I know that airline tickets don't grow
On a tree
So what kept us apart is plain for me to see
That much at least
Is not really a mystery

Estuary
I live in a houseboat on an estuary
Which is handy for my work
With the Thames Water Authority
But I know you would have found it
Insanitary
Insanitary

Taken a violent dislike to me
I'd be foolish to ignore the possibility
That if we'd ever actually met
You might have hated me
Still that's not the only problem that I can see

Dead since 1973
You've been dead now
Wait a minute let me see
15 years
Come next January
As a human being you are history

So why do I still long for you
Why is my love so strong for you
Why did I write this song for you
Well I guess it's just a mystery
Just a mystery
Mystery



All comments from YouTube:

forg

This is my favourite Hugh Laurie song, and the audience seems to agree. I don't understand why it has so few views compared to the others.

Ellen March

I guess you could say... it's a mystery. 😅

I'll see myself out.

Angelo

The audience isn't real

Trynet Olsen

This is simply pure genius. Why it's not more popular can only be considered a.... mystery!

Brietta Kiele

I hear this song in my head almost every time I hear the word "mystery" which is why I now have to send it to my friend because I was giggling earlier when she said it.

Qaqaq

Thanks to this song, I giggle every time I hear the word "estuary".

Nitromethanification

And how often do you come across that word in daily discourse?

Iffilayo Rao

@Nitromethanification -- Aren't you assuming that this person's life is similar to yours? You not having reason to say the word often doesn't mean others wouldn't. Y'know, narcissism usually leads to intellectual laziness; neither are admirable characteristics.

OLD M

And I google every time I hear the word

Josh Chaikin

@Nitromethanification I came across the word "estuary" today, haven't thought about this song in over a decade...and here I am.

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