"Ocean" as written by and Louis Knox Barlow....
So you think you're in the middle of the ocean
Stranded on an island of your own
Or stuck in the top of a mountain
Either way you're gonna say you're all alone
And I hesitate to say that you're a liar
I never tell the truth myself
But I tried to chase you down and I got tired
So I'm leaving you to you or someone else
'Cause you never want to hook up in the middle
And I'd meet you there to talk if you would show
But you answer every question with a riddle
And refuse to even choose to let me go
It used to be I'd tell you all my secrets
Giving you the credit you deserve
I guess you didn't care to lose or keep it
And we never quite connected from the first
And I wish I had a way to make it better
To rearrange the world and make you smile
But it's dumb to even think I had that power
And we haven't been that close in a while
And I don't even want to try to name it
Explain it for the one who couldn't care
'Cause all that matters is the way you choose to frame it
And I hesitate to say that you're a liar
I never tell the truth myself
But I tried to chase you down and I got tired
So I'm leaving you to you or someone else
'Cause you never want to hook up in the middle
And I'd meet you there to talk if you would show
But you answer every question with a riddle
And refuse to even choose to let me go


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"Ocean" as written by Louis Knox Barlow

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    General CommentIn the most straightforward sense, it seems that this song is essentially about being tired of doing all the work in a relationship. Could be a friendship, could be a romantic fling. Nothing he does makes the person feel any better about themselves, and he's just realized that he's doing all the work and they aren't willing to even meet him halfway by taking him or anything he says seriously -- so he washes his hands of them. Great song. I relate.
    BenMarason November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat? No comments? This is my favorite song by them! I'm totally amazed! I think it might be about how someone is being difficult in a relationship, so he's just giving up, but she doesn't want that.
    cold___waron September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat? No comments? This is my favorite song by them! I'm totally amazed! I think it might be about how someone is being difficult in a relationship, so he's just giving up, but she doesn't want that.
    cold___waron September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely one of my favorites, too!
    ThelaHunJinjoon November 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about J, and how frustrating it was for him to work with him in Dino.
    ZachTFLdon June 06, 2010   Link

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