Somewhere Song

On the other side of the moon
Ever so far, beyond the last little star,
There's a land, I know,
Where the good songs go,
Where it's always afternoon,
And snug in a haven of peace and rest
Lie the dear old songs that we love the best.
—"The Land Where The Good Songs Go" (by Jerome Kern and P. G. Wodehouse)

A song about an idealized, far-off place, real, imaginary or merely notional, often at a specific time. Often, the title will include the words "Somewhere" or "Out/Up/Over There".

Compare "I Want" Song. If the "somewhere" in question is just anywhere that isn't home, it's a Wanderlust Song. If it is a specific city or country it's a Location Song.

Examples

Animated Film

Live Action Film

Theatre

Other Music
  • "Beyond the Sea"
  • The old folk song "(Big) Rock Candy Mountain"
  • "Virginia" by Jeremy Messersmith
  • "Youkali" by Kurt Weill
  • The song Sam sings in Cirith Ungol, beginning with the lines "In Western Lands beneath the Sun/The flowers may rise in Spring..."
  • In A Very Potter Musical, Draco starts to sing a song about Pigfarts, but is cut off by Voldemort.
  • "Fantasia" by Stratovarius.
  • "Octopus's Garden" from Abbey Road and "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" from Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles.
  • "Let's Get Lost" by Amanda Marshall. Specifically, she's depressed by the cold dark winter and wants to be somewhere warm near the ocean.
  • "The Mountains and Maryann" by Gordon Lightfoot
  • "Castles in the Air" by Don McLean.
  • "Song Of The Land" by Susan Aglukark. She hopes to someday live in a place with beautiful scenery where everyone lives in harmony.
  • Many Negro spirituals are this. Songs with lyrics about escaping from captivity (like "Jacob's Ladder") and reaching heaven are really about the desire to escape from slavery and live in freedom somewhere.
  • In the ''Rugrats Whole Plot Reference episode "Wash/Dry Story", "Somewhere" is pastiched as "Someplace".
  • "Somewhere", a cover of the West Side Story song, on Tom Waits' Blue Valentine.