We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
Where are we going, so far away
and somebody told me that this is the place
Where everything's better, everything's safe

Walk on the ocean
Step on the stones
Flesh becomes water
Wood becomes bone

And half and hour later we packed up our things
We said we'd send letters and all those little things
and they knew we were lying but they smiled just the same
It seemed they'd already forgotten we'd came

Now we're back at the homestead
Where the air makes you choke
and people don't know you
and trust is a joke
We don't even have pictures
Just memories to hold
That grow sweeter each season
As we slowly grow old


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Walk on the Ocean (Toad the Wet Sprocket cover) song meanings
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    General CommentWow, John Mayer is so great at singing this song. I am totally in love with the acoustics here.
    JohnMayerRockson June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is absolutely my favoriter song right now...I always thought (and still do) that it's about a guy who had this summer fling that just totally touched him but when the summer is over and they leave the beach, it is over too. So think of how many people you have met and said you would write to but just never did, because it isn't the same. ANd then when he gets home, he has been so touched by this person that his entire world is different. And now all he has is his memories.
    jhten4on July 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentOh My God, I flipped out when i found out John did a version of this song. Toad the Wet Sprocket is one of my absolute favorite bands and this songs is sssooo great. I fell in love with it years ago and even I have to say that John's voice just does something to this songs and makes it even better than the original
    skibunnie127on August 12, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"now we're back at the homestead where the air makes you choke" i think its saying like im back to where you were in your life and like saying that you dont like it. and "and people don't know you and trust is a joke" like you grew apart from your friends and changed and now you cant trust peoples words. annd " we don't even have pictures just memories to hold" it went by so fast all we have are the memories. i can relate to that cause me and this guy i dated for almost 3 months broke up a few days ago...and we were really serious and he met some girl and 4 days later they are going out. :(
    SkaliciousInPinkon August 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the beginning of this song when he sings "we spotted the ocean". ahhh it just makes me go crazy happy.
    Sucker4Johnnyon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love the guitar on this song and john's voice makes it all perfect- my fave line has to be the 1st one "we spotted the ocean"- too cute!
    pretty_baby17on July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentahhhh... John does something incredible with this song. I could listen to it over and over again. And before he starts, I love how he says, "This song is pretty angry...". It just does something to me. Well done, John.
    katedavison July 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLOVE this song, he sounds amazing
    flyinghorseson May 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlove love love this song, but i believe that he sings it with Nickel Creek, can anyone confirm?
    atarisgirl12on July 30, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"We don't even have pictures
    Just memories to hold
    That grow sweeter each season
    As we slowly grow old."

    Love this part of the song. I reminds me of those times that can only be remembered in ur mind and heart. You know like when u smell something and remember that one time. Those priceless moments that u hold on to in ur memory and the more the days past u try even harder to hold on to it cus ur afraid u might forget.
    kweenelleon August 11, 2007   Link

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