"If I Had a Boat" as written by David John Matthews and Glen Ballard....
Sometimes I can't move my feet it seems
As if I'm stuck in the ground somehow like a tree
As if I can't even breathe
And my screams come whispering out
As if nobody can even see me
Like a ghost
I can't see myself sometimes

Then again if I were a king
If I had everything
If I had you
And I could give you your dreams
If I were giant size
On top of it all
Tell me what in the world would I sing for
If I had it

Sometimes I feel lost
As I pull you out like strings of memories
Wish I could weave them into you
And I could figure the whole damn puzzle out

But then again if I were a king
If I had everything
If I had you
And I could give you your dreams
If I were giant size
On top of it all
Tell me then what I would sing for
If I had it all

Oh
I could take anything
If I had no greed to big
Just poison tainting the green

Remembering time
Much younger than me now
When my breath was light
When the world raised me kind
Here the mother comforts child
Every moment was waking up
But now I have grown tired

If I had it all
Oh I'd fuck it up sure

If I were a king
If I had everything
If I had you
And I could give you your dreams
If I were giant size
On top of it all
Tell me what in the world would I sing for

If I were a king
If I had everything
Piece by piece
If had you
If I could give you your dreams
If I were giant size
On top of it all
Then why in the world would I sing
If I had it all


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"If I Had It All" as written by David Matthews Glen Ballard

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    General CommentUmm.. this isn't Dave Matthews Band.. It's Lyle Lovett. I know Dave covered it but he surely didn't write it. Still a good song!
    des325on June 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAlways puzzled me...is it an evocation of childhood dreams, or is it specious nonsense...I wish someone would tell me
    laverockon March 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits obvious he wants a boat and a poney to ride on that boat
    peoplepeopleon January 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell it's my opinion but this although a cover is really dave's alley... it's about how fullishly delightfull childhood dreams desires and memories are. and we can not loose track of them
    TheChronoson December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWrong answer!

    As a sailor myself, its very obvious. This song is about the lone cowboy saying screw the rest of the world, I'm going out alone, away from you guys and all I need is my pony.
    There's been other songs and stories where they would just ride off into the dessert, but on a boat on the sea, you are the King, and you don't have to answer to anyone.
    captainron042on August 06, 2007   Link

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