On the surface where we fought
Thats where your insides rot
So with a blow to your bow, take on water
A diver descends
A diver descends

Hey, did no one tell you?
Sunken ships belong underwater
In their slow descent to the ocean floor
They are so quickly forgotten
So as you disapear into the night time waters
How many will you take with you?
How many will you take with you?

So When your insides rot (x6)


A diver descends in pursuit of riches
As he drifts along your bow
He will laugh
He will laugh at the gaping void
That was the cause of your demise
He will enter to find there is no treasure here
Just a hollow mass of waste and death

On the surface where we fought
Thats where your insides rot
So with a blow to your bow

A Diver Descends
A Diver Descends

Take on water
We knew you didn't have it in you


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    General Commentthe empty rotting ship is a metaphor for a shallow person who looks good on the outside but will soon meet their end.
    iamamachinegunon June 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe start of this song is the best.
    A-jaxon September 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti, too, love the beginning.
    sowhatifyoucatchmeon February 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti, too, love the beginning.
    sowhatifyoucatchmeon February 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea really what this songs about. But it's my favorite on Odd how People Shake.
    TheGodDamnChampionon October 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe title, in keeping with Fear Before's penchant for movie references, is a quote from the Devil, Al Pacino's character in "The Devil's Advocate" with Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.
    ChristopherScrosson March 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI haven't heard this before, but in the first two minutes of reading the lyrics, I would say that a "diver" is a 'historian'; the rest is for you.
    adjectiveson April 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"the twentieth century was entirely mine" could relate to titanic, being that it was one of/if not the most famous ship wreck of all time.. 1914 was the year it sank (20th century currect)

    Hey, did no one tell you?
    Sunken ships belong underwater
    In their slow descent to the ocean floor
    They are so quickly forgotten
    So as you disapear into the night time waters
    How many will you take with you?
    ---this could relate to how remarkable it was that this ship remained underwater for nearly 70 years after it was sank before anyone seemed to give a damn to find it. how many will you take with you? -The sinking resulted in the deaths of 1,517 people

    the next part : A diver descends in pursuit of riches
    As he drifts along your bow
    He will laugh
    He will laugh at the gaping void
    That was the cause of your demise
    He will enter to find there is no treasure here
    Just a hollow mass of waste and death


    it was claimed that it was "designed to be unsinkable". It was a great shock to many that despite the advanced technology and experienced crew, the Titanic still sank with a great loss of life. The diver "laughing" at the gaping void that was the cause of "your" demise could be the simplicity of how easily 1500 people could have survived if one error was fixed. also probably making fun of the fact that the media at the time was so sure and certain of their creation that they had no doubt it wouldn't sink.

    this is by term probably the literal definition. i wouldn't doubt that there is an allegory within this but allegories are interpreted by whoever is perceiving the song, by opinion, not necessarily what the artist initially put out.
    FOMTBFon May 20, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationTo take on water, is to "take the red pill." To embark on the life long journey of philosophy, to learn the secrets of life, of people, and of governments. As you gain knowledge, you gain power, and with this power you can see through peoples ignorance. The diver is the philosopher, the truth seeker. But you don't have it in you to search for the truth, you're too weak to handle it.
    codycurthon February 03, 2009   Link

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