"Floater" as written by and Buckley Williams....
To my mistress the bridge, I don't feel well.
I'll be leaving and you can't stop me.
We've been carrying on too long,
I'm sorry, but I'm gone.

I've got a bad reputation to think about.
I've been dirty, I've been wrong.
Maybe someday they'll find that I've washed up.
I'm stepping out to clear my head.

I'm breathing in to fill my lungs.
We're all dead.
Farewell scenic highway overpass.
It's better this way anyways.

My lover the river makes a better soldier than a bride.
But I left my suit at the side of her bed
And she's got the warmest body that I've never had.
Drag the lake, you'll find that it's full of love.

Bring the children to the water
And let them see what heartache did.
This matrimony needs a witness,
And you can teach them to swim.

Don't let your dreamers grow up to be dead men.
Drown us at birth, save her some time.
Drifting on romantic holiday,
Breathless as her cold arms cover me.

Drag the lake.
You will find it is full of love.

Lyrics submitted by ruben

"Floater" as written by Jordan Taylor Buckley Andrew John Williams

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING

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    General CommentI love this song. it's one of my favorites from every time i die.
    DeathToYourFashionon April 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDon't let your dreamers grow up to be dead men. Drown us at birth, save her some time.


    This guy can really write a song, thats one brilliant line.

    Girls do kill guys. well the pussy ones.
    setfireXxon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhen they play this live, they draw out the last "Drag the lake" part...it's sweet
    garretton September 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn the event that everything should go terrible wrong... that thing sounds like the perfect mix of The Gathering and Deftones.
    Alter-Egoon February 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentamazing song: ERROR: "and she's got the warmest that I've ever had." CORRECT: "she's got the warmest body that I've never had." I love this line, my guess he talks about some fit girl, hah.
    vadimoon July 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about everyone.
    Hot Damn!on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsetfire, I don't think this is just about girls killing guys... it's about the guy hating what he's done in his life and that cost him a chance at being with the girl referenced in the song.

    "We've been carrying on too long. I'm sorry, but I'm gone. I've got a bad reputation to think about. I've been dirty, I've been wrong. Maybe someday they'll find that I've washed up."

    That just screams regret to me.

    pretorbenon March 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdudes pretorben is absoultley correct. But to continue on that point, not only is it about regret, it deals with suicide all together.

    to my mistress the bridge is indictating the end of his life, talking to the last person around, which just happens to be a bridge.

    farwell scenic highway overpass: this is the scenic highway overpass he's about to jump off of.

    he's definatley feelig these suicidal tendicies from a heartbreak expirence, you see this is "bring ur hildren to the water and let them see what heartache did"

    I also think he's pulling out a metaphoric referecne to the lake and or bridge being the one he is becoming married too, as opposed to the girl he is depressed over.

    Also, towards the beginning with the lines ive got a bad rep to think about etc., i believe he is trying to find other things to justify his suicide upon rather than just this heart ache he has expirenced.

    lastly, the phrase drag the lake is a commonly used term for if a child was lost near by a lake. They "comb" the lake for a body. So by saying drag the lake youll find it full of love, he's saying drag the lake and u'll see all sorts of people down there, most likely caused from a depressional sense of heartache.

    Keith Buckley is my favorite lyricsist ever.
    xcrazycorexon April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah I agree about the personification of the river like he's marrying it. The way he refers to the bridge as his "mistress" but the river as his "lover" gives the impression it's the river he feels he really belongs with, ie suicide by drowning is his best or only option.
    I like the line "farewell scenic highway overpass", you don't normally associate a highway overpass with being scenic, i think it's kinda said ironically, showing how ugly the world is to him
    electricoceanon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone Know the Song that was made out to go to UnderOath?? I was at Warped Tour and he was like This one goes out to Underoath. so. If someone knew which one that was. and could tell me that'd be Peachy.
    JoshTheBandon June 19, 2006   Link

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