Tubbo – Life By The Sea | Lyrics Meaning Explained


Another member of the Dream SMP is entering the music business as Tobias Smith, better known by his social media label “Tubbo”, releases his first song “Life By The Sea”. The 17-year-old British Minecraft / YouTuber streamer / player is one of the most popular members of the Dream SMP (a fictional online server dedicated to Dream and his friends). In this song, Tubbo sings about how being live in front of thousands of people every day has its own impact on him.

Not so long ago, Dream himself made his debut in music with “Roadtrip” and continued the journey with “Mask” as a follow-up. Tubbo appears to be following in Dream’s footsteps and released their first song “Life By The Sea” on August 27, 2021. The song and music video gained over 2.7 million views in just 48 hours after release.

According to a description in the song, it took Tubbo six months to complete this project; “This song has been a huge passion for me over the past 6 months, thank you very much everyone for allowing me to create what I love!” Meanwhile, Tubbo performed this song on his live streams on Twitch.

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Tubbo “Life By The Sea” Lyrics Song Meaning And Review

The entire song takes rap form as Tubbo sings about his life so far, his streaming success and the pains that come with that success. “Living by the sea” can allude to the fact that it is a dangerous life to live. The waves can engulf you anytime, any day. Being online everyday must feel like waiting for this massive wave to crash and burn your whole life.

Verse 1

Tubbo begins the verse by saying that he dropped out of college to pursue his career in streaming. During a live broadcast, Tubbo announced that he left high school as soon as the streaming started working for him. It has been very successful streaming on Twitch, consistently being able to attract tens of thousands of live viewers. That live audience converts into monthly subscriptions, live ad revenue, sponsored segments, and merchandise sales, which should make Tubbo a really good financial take on. Keep in mind that he is only 17 years old at the time of this article.

Looking for sounds that I can rhyme with orange (Woo!)
See, I’m a simple gatherer among a world of hunters

Tubbo also has bars! He references Minecraft slang to talk about his presence in this cutthroat world of streaming. In Minecraft survival, a player can survive on food from crops or hunting. He says he’s a real life forager as opposed to a hunter who can be seen as taking a more aggressive approach to survival.

You might not believe it, a life full of streaming is really hard
It’s hard sometimes, but it’s the real thing

To a foreigner it may seem that streaming games and getting paid to do so is a really easy job. In a way, it is. But to make a real salary from streaming, you need to have thousands of live viewers on every broadcast. First of all, getting to this point is real hard work. People work for years to get over 100 live viewers for a stream. Keeping that audience live is even more difficult. However, then comes the hard part. It won’t always be the fans who will tune in to these feeds. Sometimes fans turn into enemies. Even the role-playing feuds that take place within Minecraft can turn into harassment in real life. The more you grow online, the more your hate base grows too. And nowadays, an online misstep can lead you to be canceled and ashamed for life online.


In the chorus of the song, Tubbo sings that he sometimes feels like he has no room to breathe. Even fans can get super crazy sometimes. Especially within the Dream SMP, the fan base has grown massive. Another popular member, Tommyinnit, typically attracts around 100,000 live viewers with each broadcast. Dream, too, has similar numbers. This large fan base can get any of these people to social media in a matter of minutes. It can certainly seem overwhelming at times. One can certainly get the impression that these people sometimes drown in a sea of ​​faceless voices.

Verse 2

Being a “live” content creator makes all the pitfalls of online fame even more real for these creators. These are kids who play games, joke, fight, talk, sing and eat online. One bad word can literally end their careers. Tubbo knows full well that he has to be extra careful with every word he says while broadcasting. It can’t cut and polish video for the masses online. Once something is said live, it stays on the internet forever.

I feel the heat under my collar when I joke

Tubbo has to be very careful not to make any kind of jokes. Nowadays, you can’t joke about anything or anyone without being canceled. Even making fun of friends on Dream SMP can have a serious impact on Tubbo.

There have been many instances where Dream has said something angry or not politically correct and the whole internet has gone through his throat.

My exhausted and distracted mind acts like a satellite
So many transmissions, every day I tremble

Tubbo also discusses his dyslexia, which is a learning disability that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying sounds in speech and learning their relationship to letters and words. He calls it his mind being distracted and unable to separate the garbage from the gold in the millions of data transmissions it goes through every day. ‘Twitching’ is a good idea on this condition as well as to say that it is streaming on Twitch.

But life by the sea also has its own advantages. The view is magnificent and you are in vacation mode all day. On the other hand, you are about to drown.

Let us know what you think of this song in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics on Genius.

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