"Five Fathoms" as written by and Ben Watt....
I walk the city late at night.
Does everyone here do the same?
I want to be the things I see,
Give every face and place my name.
I cross the street, take a right,
Pick up the pace, pass a fight.
Did I grow up just to stay home?
I'm not immune - I love this tune.

I want to love more.
I just want to love more.

I drag the city late at night.
It's in my mouth, it's in my hair.
The people fill the city because
The city fills the people, oh yeah.
I cross the street, avoid the freeze -
A city's warmer by a couple degrees.
The smell of food. The smell of rain.
I'm not immune - I love this tune.

I want to love more.
There's a river in my head.
I just want to love more.
There's a river in my head.

The only way out is down.
The only way up is down.
The day roll by like thunder
Like a storm that's never breaking,
All my time and space compressed
In the low pressure of the proceedings,
And they beat against the sides of my life,
And the roads all lead behind me,
So I wrap the wheel around me and I go out.
There's a river in my head.
I'll take you home and make it easy.
Love more.


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"Five Fathoms" as written by Ben Watt

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    General CommentTo me, this song is about a girl who's grown up very sheltered and protected, and now she's gone off on her own. She is both frightened
    of and intoxicated by her new alien surroundings and freedom.

    "I want to be the things I see, give every face and place my name." --
    She wants to belong here. She's trying to find comfort.

    " I'm not immune---I love this tune."--
    She's no different than anyone else; she craves normalcy. The tune is life-- city life, specifically.

    "the people fill the city because the city fills the people"--
    my favorite line :)

    "the days roll by like thunder like a storm that's never breaking, all my time and space compressed in the low pressure proceedings" --

    She's waiting for something extraordinary to happen, but nothing comes. She's got so much freedom, and she hasn't a clue what to do with it, so it ironically ends up constricting her.

    " I'll take you home and make it easy." --
    She's broken.

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    I especially love the "There's a river in my head" parts. The music is really pretty there. I also think that's where the title of the song came from: the river is five fathoms deep.
    anopeon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me think about London, and it contains an incredibly profound thought: "the people fill the city because the city fills the people, oh yeah."

    I agree with anope's interpretation about finding freedom in a big city, experiencing new sights and sounds, going out clubbing, etc.. The bridge (the days roll by... I go out) has me quite perplexed. I'm not too sure what that means.

    "I'll take you home, make it easy" makes me think of the scene in Trainspotting when he goes out to a club, meets this girl, and they just go back to her place.
    resonatoron May 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI should note that Paul Oakenfold remixes this in his Live In China release. His version is masterful and better than the original; if you like this song, you'll love his version. It's a bit faster and harder.
    Skoorbon June 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song and anope for his/her interpretation --

    ;) :)
    martinkorbenon April 18, 2008   Link

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