"Dolphin" as written by and Danielewski/kelly....
There's a broken beam inside of the big big bridge
I guess that whole thing is caving in
Maybe it is time I learn how to swim
I'll be a dolphin, I'll be a dolphin

Sometimes I think I'm breaking down
And other times I think that I'm fine
But something got into my engine
It slowed me down
Now I gotta turn this whole thing around

I'm gonna be a dolphin
Gonna be a dolphin
I'm gonna be a dolphin
Gonna be a dolphin

There's not a lot I believe anymore
I mistrust everything I had been longing for
There's not a lot that I know anymore
But I know if good bridge is burning

You gotta be a dolphin...You gotta be a dolphin
You gotta be a dolphin...You gotta be a dolphin

Sometimes I think you're crazy and sick
And other time I think you're so fine
But I know I'm in dange 'cause you feel like a stranger
And I know that something's going give

When I dive into that ocean
God I hope I don't sink like a stone -- no
I'm gonna move like a dolphin
There may be a lot I don't know about you

But I know if I don't swim
I'm already drowning
'Cause a broken bridge
Is a broken bridge

So I swim to you now
Here I come... Here I come
Here I come... Here I come
I'll be a dolphin

There's a broken beam inside of the big big bridge
I guess that this time I'll have swim (I'll swim...)


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    General CommentI think that this song is about realizing that you have a problem or issue or situation to deal with (the broken beam) and learning to cope with it (being a dolphin) when you are confronted with it. You have to be strong, but you have to be able to adapt. They're no guarantees that you'll succeed, but trying to swim is better than sinking like a stone.
    dealupaon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMost of the songs on Hello are about Poe's frustration with trying to reconnect with people. This song is no different. You've heard the term "Burning bridges" referring to the idea that you, although you might have lost communication with someone, you don't want to upset them to the point that they won't ever talk to you again. In "Dolphin", the bridge that Poe had to someone has fallen down. Not letting them stop her, she is going to try another way to reach this person. If the bridge has fallen, swim across!
    dave rosettaon April 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen you try to be strong and stay focused and grounded and all that ... but either some little thing happens to sort of put a crack in your armor, or you just realize that you need to have that breech of emotion ... and you let it all go for one moment.
    darkspoton January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it about loving like you've never been hurt.

    There may be a lot I don't know about you
    But I know if I don't swim
    I'm already drowning

    Those lines make me think that she is hestitant to start a new relationship, but she knows if she doesn't, she may miss out on a great guy. You can't let past hurts interfere with new relationships.
    kmk_natashaon January 29, 2005   Link

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