"Fish Out Of Water" as written by and Roland/griffiths Orzabal....
You always said you were the compassionate one
But now you're laughing at the sun
With all your high class friends you think you've got it made
The only thing you made was that tanned look on your face
With all your cigarettes and fancy cars
You ain't a clue who or what you are
You're dreaming your life away
Fish out of water
Go swim in the tide today
Fish out of water
We used to sit and talk about primal scream
To exorcise our past was our adolescent dream
But now it's sink or swim since your memory fails
Now in Neptune's kitchen you will be food for killer whales
And on the crucifix his mother made
Hangs one more martyr to the hit parade
You're dreaming you're life away
Fish out of water
Go swim in the tide today
Fish out of water
You're dreaming you're life away
Fish out of water
Go swim in the tide today
Fish out of water



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"Fish Out of Water" as written by Roland Orzabal Alan Griffiths

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    General CommentI especially like the lines "We used to sit and talk about primal scream / To exorcise our past was our adolescent dream" - this actually refers to a form of psychotherapy Curt and Roland allegedly participated in when they were younger, where they get out all of their repressed feelings and emotions in an intense screaming session. This was also the basis for their 1985 hit "Shout." To me, it seemed sharing an experience like that brought Roland close to Curt, and he is therefore hurt by the differences that grew between them as the years passed.

    I also like "Now in Neptune's kitchen you will be food for killer whales." Neptune's Kitchen was the name of Roland's recording studio in the UK, where the classic 80s Tears for Fears albums were recorded. He also used that studio to record this song, and calling Curt "food for killer whales" refers to the fact that Curt is now being badgered in this song. :)

    These are just my opinions. Someone feel free to let me know if I'm wrong about something.
    coryoonon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcoryoon - spot on description. I still find it hard to listen to this song now that they are back together which is brilliant!

    Its just so bitter but I'm glad that they made up.

    Interestingly, Curt did a response to this on his album track with his band Mayfield called 'Sun King'
    Mrs_Orzabalon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always wondered whether Roland used a Curt Smith vocal recorded around the time of the 'big chair' sessions for the 'you're dreaming your life away' and 'go swim in your tide today' parts, overlaying them or writing the track around them. It's definitely not Roland singing and it sounds a lot like Curt. Can anyone confirm or deny?
    nutfoxon August 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRoland Orzabal wrote this song about Curt Smith after the two split up.
    JustineKon July 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lines "with all your high class friends... with all your cigarettes and fancy cars" seem particularly stinging. I think Smith just left. Wikipedia says that the two of them traded barbs against each other through their songs before the split. "You walked into the room. I just had to laugh"?
    resonatoron May 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCurt Smith did answer him back with the song Sun King. He wrote the song after he heard Fish Out of the Water. It was later put out on the album, Mayfield - a band Curt formed circa 1997 which featured him on vocals and bass (duh), Charlton Pettus on guitar (also his writing partner), Doug Petty (brother of Dan Petty from Marry Me Jane) and Russ Irwin (he toured with Aerosmith once as one of their backup vocals) on keys, and Shawn Pelton (SNL drummer) on drums.
    biba01on September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLOL @ Curt Smith.. He got told !! Its a good song though.
    tifnzon February 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentithink roland calls curt "fish out of water"because curt is a pisces ascendant in astrology.indeed curt responded to roland with"sun king"probably because roland is a leo
    ritienne17on June 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentListen to "How do you sleep" by John Lennon. A song written to dig Paul McCartney. No prizes for guessing Roland's inspiration for this song.
    MartynSon March 15, 2017   Link

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