Silver Lining
Mt. Joy Lyrics


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Up on the mountain
Caught on the rail line
Up on the mountain
Caught on the rail line

My brother, let the heart just beat
Drink your wine, smoke your weed
My brother, let the heart still beat

And wear your silver lining
Wear it close to your skin

But if it's the drugs, the women, the wine, the weed
The love that took everything I own
Just take it oh oh oh

And tell the ones you love you love them
Teach only what you know, and oh
You better know it well

We drove from coast to coast
Down in New Orleans
Where the levees broke

You were tripping
I was driving
You were running
I was hiding

And you know I know how that feels
Don't get cheated, kid
Just sweep from your heels
And if you get carried away
Let the music play you through the pain

And wear that silver lining
Wear it close to your skin

But if it's the drugs, the women, the wine, the weed
The love that took everything I own
Just take it oh oh oh

And tell the ones you love you love them
Teach only what you know, and oh
You better know it well

Up on the mountain
Caught on the red light




Up on the mountain
Caught on the rail line

Overall Meaning

The song "Silver Lining" by Mt. Joy is a reflective piece about the ups and downs of life, conveyed through vivid imagery and emotional lyrics. The opening lines "Up on the mountain, caught on the rail line" paint a picture of a moment of pause, of being stuck between two places, and contemplating the journey ahead. The following lines "My brother, let the heart just beat, drink your wine, smoke your weed" invite the listener to find comfort in the simple pleasures of life, to let go of worries and embrace the present moment.


The recurring motif of the silver lining is used to convey the idea that even in the toughest of times, there is always a glimmer of hope, something positive to hold on to. The lines "But if it's the drugs, the women, the wine, the weed, the love that took everything I own, just take it oh oh oh" suggest that life's struggles can come in many forms, but that it's important to accept them and move on, to focus on what really matters in life, which is the people we love and the things we know to be true.


Line by Line Meaning

Up on the mountain
In a state of elevation or emotional high


Caught on the rail line
Unable to move forward or make progress


My brother, let the heart just beat
Don't let the hardships of life stop you from living and feeling


Drink your wine, smoke your weed
Indulge in the simple pleasures of life to cope with stress and anxiety


My brother, let the heart still beat
Don't let the weight of the world stop your heart from beating


And wear your silver lining
Always look for the positive in every situation


Wear it close to your skin
Carry this positive outlook with you at all times


But if it's the drugs, the women, the wine, the weed
If these things are what get you through tough times


The love that took everything I own
Or if love has left you with nothing


Just take it oh oh oh
Embrace it and carry on


And tell the ones you love you love them
Express love and gratitude to those who matter most


Teach only what you know, and oh
Impart only valuable wisdom to others


You better know it well
Make sure you practice what you preach


We drove from coast to coast
Travelled far and wide, exploring the world


Down in New Orleans
Specifically, visited the city of New Orleans


Where the levees broke
A reference to Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it caused


You were tripping
You were in a state of confusion or chaos


I was driving
I was taking control and moving forward


You were running
You were avoiding your problems or trying to escape them


I was hiding
I was taking the necessary precautions to keep myself safe


And you know I know how that feels
I understand the struggle you're going through


Don't get cheated, kid
Don't let life or people take advantage of you


Just sweep from your heels
Brush off the negativity and move forward


And if you get carried away
If you lose yourself or get caught up in the moment


Let the music play you through the pain
Allow music to soothe and comfort you during difficult times


Up on the mountain
In a state of elevation or emotional high


Caught on the red light
Stopped or hindered from moving forward


Up on the mountain
In a state of elevation or emotional high


Caught on the rail line
Unable to move forward or make progress




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Matthew Ryan Quinn

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@ShmeatPacker

Up on the mountain
Caught on the rail line
Up on the mountain
Caught on the rail line
My brother, let the heart just beat
Drink your wine, smoke your weed
My brother, let the heart still beat
And wear your silver lining
Wear it close to your skin
But if it's the drugs, the women, the wine, the weed
The love that took everything I own
Just take it oh oh oh
And tell the ones you love you love them
And teach only what you know, and oh
You better know it well
We drove from coast to coast
Down in New Orleans
Where the levees broke
You were tripping
I was driving
You were running
I was hiding
And you know I know how that feels
Don't get cheated kid
Just sweep from your heels
And if you get carried away
Let the music play you through the pain
And wear that silver lining
Wear it close to your skin
But if it's the drugs, the women, the wine, the weed
The love that took everything I own
Just take it oh oh oh
And tell the ones you love you love them
Teach only what you know, and oh
You better know it well
Up on the mountain
Caught on the red light
Up on the mountain
Caught on the rail line



All comments from YouTube:

@ThinkBeyondTheBox

This is the kind of song that you listen to at night. You're driving home from a long day at work. You pull up and yet you don't get out of the car until the song is finished. You just let it hit you.

@planetruths1373

I just drove around the block...

@kwclicks9961

100% accurate

@ErinMichelle

On point

@stevenbcarter5811

perfect explanation Thomas S...love this tune!

@danielgadberry4998

Holy fuck...this comment hit me hard. That feeling when you realize you're not the only one.

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@Chris-xk9op

My parents didn't sign a permission slip for this feels trip

@HQH420

That’s just good clean humor. 10/10 thank you for this gift

@mikeescobar8577

lol this guy

@MsBeanybee

My husband tried to kill himself from his battles with trauma / addiction. He's now working as a harm reductionist for a non-profit and has been in recovery for over a year. He listens to this song every morning as it he says it, "helps him stop seeking and focus on family" Thank you for making this music that fuels our family. I'd be lost without him and so would our son. <3

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