Cayman Islands
Kings of Convenience Lyrics


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Through the alleyways
To cool off in the shadows
Then into the street
Following the water
There's a bearded man
Paddling in his canoe
Looks as if he has
Come all the way from the Cayman Islands

These canals, it seems
They all go in circles
Places look the same
And we're the only difference
The wind is in your hair
It's covering my view
I'm holding on to you
On a bike we've hired until tomorrow

If only they could see
If only they had been here
They would understand
How someone could have chosen
To go the length I've gone
To spend just one day riding




Holding on to you
I never thought it would be this clear

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Kings of Convenience's song "Cayman Islands" describe a journey through the city, possibly Venice or Amsterdam based on the canals mentioned in the second verse. The opening lines, "Through the alleyways/To cool off in the shadows/Then into the street/Following the water," suggest a desire to escape the heat and sun, and to explore the hidden corners of the city. The bearded man in the canoe, who appears to have come from the Cayman Islands, adds to the sense of adventure and mystery.


The second verse contrasts the circular canals with the uniqueness of the two people on the bike. They are the only difference in the uniformity of the buildings and waterways around them. The wind in their hair suggests freedom and joy, but it also obscures their view, forcing them to hold on to each other for safety. The final lines express a sense of clarity and contentment: "I never thought it would be this clear." The singer feels that he has found something meaningful and special during this one day of riding with his companion, and wishes that others could "see" and "understand" why he has chosen to spend his time this way.


Overall, the song conveys a sense of exploration, escape, and the joy of shared experiences. The singer is seeking something unique and meaningful in his journey through the city, and finds it through his connection with his companion.


Line by Line Meaning

Through the alleyways
We take a shortcut through narrow streets


To cool off in the shadows
We seek refuge from the hot sun


Then into the street
We emerge back into the open


Following the water
We are guided by the canal


There's a bearded man
We spot a stranger in a canoe


Paddling in his canoe
He glides along the water


Looks as if he has
He seems like he's come


Come all the way from the Cayman Islands
From far away, like the Caribbean


These canals, it seems
We notice how the canals connect


They all go in circles
The path is repetitive and cyclical


Places look the same
The surroundings are monotonous


And we're the only difference
Our presence is the only variation


The wind is in your hair
The breeze blows through your locks


It's covering my view
It obstructs my sight


I'm holding on to you
I'm grasping your hand


On a bike we've hired until tomorrow
We're renting bicycles for just one day


If only they could see
If only people at home knew


If only they had been here
If only they had visited this spot


They would understand
They would comprehend


How someone could have chosen
Why someone would opt


To go the length I've gone
To travel this far away


To spend just one day riding
To journey for a day by bike


Holding on to you
Together, hand in hand


I never thought it would be this clear
I never realized the clarity of this moment




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: EIRIK GLAMBEK BOE, ERLEND OTRE OEYE

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@renatamuller8604

Cayman Island lyrics

Through the alleyways
To cool off in the shadows
Then into the street
Following the water
There's a bearded man
Paddling in his canoe
Looks as if he has
Come all the way from the Cayman Islands
These canals, it seems
They all go in circles
Places look the same
And we're the only difference
The wind is in your hair
It's covering my view
I'm holding on to you
On a bike we've hired until tomorrow
If only they could see
If only they had been here
They would understand
How someone could have chosen
To go the length I've gone
To spend just one day riding
Holding on to you
I never thought it would be this clear



@amandamonazita9862

Through the alleyways
to cool off in the shadows,
then into the street
following the water.
There's a bearded man
paddling in his canoe,
looks as if he has
come all the way from the Cayman Islands.

These canals, it seems,
they all go in circles,
places look the same,
and we're the only difference.
The wind is in your hair,
it's covering my view.
I'm holding on to you,
on a bike we've hired until tomorrow.

If only they could see,
if only they had been here,
they would understand,
how someone could have chosen to go the length I've gone,
to spend just one day riding.
Holding on to you,
I never thought it would be this clear.



@scotthuang1226

Through the alleyways,
To cool off in the shadows,
Then into the street,
Following the water,
There's a bearded man,
Paddling in his canoe,
Looks as if he has,
Come all the way from the Cayman Islands,
These canals, it seems,
They all go in circles,
Places look the same,
And we're the only difference,
The wind is in your hair,
It's covering my view,
I'm holding on to you,
On a bike we've hired until tomorrow,
If only they could see,
If only they had been here,
They would understand,
How someone could have chosen,
To go the length I've gone,
To spend just one day riding,
Holding on to you,
I never thought it would be this clear.



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@jaharheart3320

Legend song, 2024 I'm still love this song

@its.just.me__d8627

🫰💜

@QueenOfConvenience17

I really can’t describe how I feel every time I listen to this song, it takes me somewhere else, not the islands, somewhere inside my soul, sometimes is a happy feeling sometimes sad, sometimes it heals something I didn’t even know was there, after all this years is the safe place where I allow myself to feel, everything. So thank you for this.

@vitoriar3588

I feel the same.. so safe listening to This song

@danielguguk7683

well, that's major 7 chords for you

@natasiafergina527

yes me too and im crying so hard rn

@bella_testastretta

really?? I want whatever it is that you are smoking!

@tannguzman5347

I feel the same with all theirs songs

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@rafaelclaudio4734

im from Indonesia, when i was a child, i like to play in the field around my village, with my friends, we did simple thing like played a kite, collected the stone in the river. by the year, 18 years later, someday in the cleae, evening i sat in that field, alone and hear this song, all my friend is gone, and the memory remain. i ussualy try to find happiness in the great things and big achievement untill that day, i realize that i just need a simple thing to smile.. just like what i do in my childhood.

@tipsapaajah7621

Ada org indo jg nih😊😊.
Kesini karna denger lagu viral umay mati rasa jadi ke inget lagu ini soalnya persis jiplakan nya.

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