"Hoover Dam" as written by and Bob Mould....
Standing on the edge
Of the Hoover Dam
I'm on the center line
Right between two states of mind
And if the wind from the traffic
Should blow me away

From this altitude
It will come back to you
And do you know the time
All that's left of me is slight insanity
What's on the right I don't know

If the Mississippi should wash me away
Down to New Orleans
Maybe someday in my dreams
I'd wake feeling the sweat
From the gulf in my mouth

On a carousel I can never tell
My direction home
Spinning down a hole
I'm losing all control
I'm down to the center of the earth

Covered up with lava and I feel fine
It washes over me
Keeps me feeling warm at night
And if you've made a deal with
The guy with the horns and the cape
I'll see you later later

Standing on the edge
Of the Hoover Dam
Standing on the edge
Of the Hoover Dam I am


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"Hoover Dam" as written by Bob Mould

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    General CommentThe Hoover Dam I am...
    Crazy and lame as hell, but somehow cool.
    ILOVELIFEon December 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsounds like a song about suicide to me
    "standing on the edge of a hoover dam, right on the center line an between two states of mind"
    hes standing on the hoover dam and cant decide wether to jump?
    "and if youve made a deal with the guy with the horns and the cape, ill see you later"
    so he'll see you in hell
    ThatsAgoodIdeaon May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know much about American geography but I know how to use Google maps:
    maps.google.com/…

    Does anyone think it's strange that Bob sings about being washed into the Mississippi when it is so far from the Hoover Dam?
    elwyn5150on December 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is being sung by a tourist who just gambled the family jewels away in nearby los vegas and is contemplating jumping, possibly a bipolar tourist hence the word play on "2 states of mind"
    LordOzzyon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's kind of interesting playing this song backwards. You can hear some of the vocals that have been reversed, and some of the guitar around 2 mins from the end and the drumbeats at the start sound like the original instruments which were then reversed.
    Peanut99on January 18, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, it's about the struggle to navigate between different states of mind along a thin line damming up of trillions of gallons of emotion, where a small thing might blow you over the edge, and you learn to accept what you need to do. Bob spent much of his early career in Minneapolis, which is on the Mississippi.
    Dale Sundstromon April 08, 2010   Link

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