Everybody Lies
Leo Kottke Lyrics


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I don't remember what it was like to go back home
I only know it was cold and white and I was alone

Won't you tell me how I could see you now
Tell me why everybody tries
Everybody lies

Underneath the trees tonight where little men sleep
All that snow will turn to ice while their lovers creep

Won't you tell me how I could see you now
Tell me why everybody tries
Everybody lies

We could live in Dave's hands at Sunnyland park
And watch their little days turning into dark

Won't you tell me how I could see you now




Tell me why everybody tries
Everybody lies

Overall Meaning

The song "Everybody Lies" by Leo Kottke conveys a sense of detachment and disillusionment with the world around the singer. The opening lines paint a picture of his bleak childhood memories, marked by cold and loneliness. He seems to be searching for something or someone to make sense of his world.


The chorus repeats the key message of the song - everybody lies - suggesting a realization that human nature is inherently flawed, that people are prone to deception and falsehood. He questions why this is the case, a sentiment that seems to resonate with the disillusionment felt by many in society.


The second verse introduces a new element to the song, with a reference to a group of "little men" sleeping under the trees while their lovers creep. This is a powerful image, suggesting betrayal and deceit, and adding to the sense of disillusionment that runs throughout the song.


The final verse brings us back to the singer's desire for connection and understanding. He speaks of the possibility of living in "Dave's hands" at Sunnyland park, suggesting a desire for a simpler, more innocent time. However, the line about "little days turning into dark" suggests that this ideal may be fleeting or illusory.


Overall, "Everybody Lies" is a profound commentary on the human condition, exploring themes of disillusionment, betrayal, and the search for truth and understanding.



Line by Line Meaning

I don't remember what it was like to go back home
I cannot recall how it felt to return to my hometown


I only know it was cold and white and I was alone
All I know is, it was frigid and snowy, and I felt so lonely


Won't you tell me how I could see you now
Can you explain to me how I could witness your presence currently?


Tell me why everybody tries
Enlighten me as to why everyone attempts to do things


Everybody lies
It's a fact that everyone is dishonest


Underneath the trees tonight where little men sleep
Amidst the trees tonight, where the little people slumber


All that snow will turn to ice while their lovers creep
As their partners sneak around, all that snow will transform into ice


We could live in Dave's hands at Sunnyland park
In Sunnyland Park, we could reside in the grip of Dave's hands


And watch their little days turning into dark
And contemplate their brief lives as they succumb to darkness


Won't you tell me how I could see you now
Can you explain to me how I could witness your presence currently?


Tell me why everybody tries
Enlighten me as to why everyone attempts to do things


Everybody lies
It's a fact that everyone is dishonest




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: LEO KOTTKE

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