"The Drowning Years" as written by and Savage Woodward....
This is the life of a woman with demons
The first time we met I was sure she was steaming
This is my life, this is my life
What a life
Life isn't precious and life isn't sacred
Sometimes release only comes when you meet death
A night of reprieve we were wrecked when we slept in the park
When we woke in the morning you cried could I squeeze out the dark

Destroy the noises that make all the voices
Get them out of my head
Bring on the screaming and I'll take your demons now that I'm all already dead

Days of release when she almost felt better
Gradually faded and words couldn't get her
Where is the light, where is the light, get the light
Fearless and clear all her doubts had been cast off
Last night alive is a nightmare I'm part of
Dreams are a lie, dreams are a lie
So am I
If that's all there is then I might as well get in the fire

Destroy the noises that make all the voices
Get them out of my head
Bring on the screaming and I'll take your demons now that I'm already dead
Oh how the rights of the righteous kept coming
Shining before like the day
I stand before them and cried that you're dying your way

I'm still not sure if the right and the wrong side is one


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"The Drowning Years" as written by Pollock Henderson

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    My InterpretationI see this as a song about a man with a wife who has a terminal illness.

    The "demons" are her anger and frustration, with both her condition and with the situation (doctors, insurance, etc).

    The chorus is him trying to lose his mind in his inability to help and sadness/anger, and her attempt to console him.
    Him: Destroy the noises that make all the voices
    Get them out of my head
    Her: Bring on the screaming and I'll take your demons now that I'm all already dead

    In the second half, during one of her fewer and fewer periods of consciousness, she decides she wants to die. I think he helps her commit suicide, and either gets arrested or lots of negative attention. That could explain the last line " I'm still not sure if the right and the wrong side is one"...

    Anyway, just how I chose to interpret this song. Like the vocal effect at the end.
    swhiteon November 04, 2014   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so great... wonderfull lyrics... the best song of the delgados....
    justinethereseon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentreally great song. it's about trying to deal with a friend with mental health issues and the conflicts that involves. kinda obvious. there's a really good tab of it somewhere too. maybe not their best ever but the best of the last couple of albums.
    forgot2followon January 24, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI almost hate them for this song.

    It's about being in someones life who has their own demons. After a while life has little meaning to them and death in the only thing they feel ends and releases them from it. Going through crazy times and in the morning things still aren't right like they should be, its not over. (i.e. slept in the park...) The days when she was better are gone, Things get worse and worse, till she can't be reached by words. He wonders were's the light, when will morning happen and the nightmare will be over? There's just enough of her mind left to decide to die. The last night when she dies everything broke loose it was all bad. He realizes that all that all the dreams they had were a lie because they'll never happen. He's a liar too he must have felt he could save her. If that's all that's left to them he might as well send his life to the fire.Now that she's dead everyone has their idea of why she did what she did. He knows what really happened and they don't, can't understand. But he's not sure if her choice was right or wrong.

    The chorus is the same as what swhite says. The noises that make all the voices. Everything that takes him back to all the messed up times and his feelings of hopelessness, the drowning. He can't get it to stop. She thinks that she can save him by dying and she feels like she's already dead in her mind.

    I love The Delgados songs even this one but I hate this so much. This is my life and it was my sister's. Her death solved nothing but at least she's not hurt or confused anymore. But I am more than I ever was sticking to her on wild goose chases, and trying to reason and comfort so much, loosing parts of me in the end. Never have I hated relating to a Delgados song so much.
    chi-chion August 10, 2016   Link

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