Maybe I'm just living out the same old stories in and out
But you know that don't make it easier
Time will fly away with me if truth won't stop and let me see
And tell me I am to believe that you and I should never be again
I'm drowning
When the one you leave is the one thing you believe
You say goodbye when underneath’s your one belief
That love rules all, conquers all

It’s funny how the times that seem unbearable
Are the ones that you don't ever want to end
And when your childhood slips away
You find you face a brand new day
And you know it can't be the same again

'Cause when you leaved you stayed in my memory
I’m saying goodbye for now and have a drink for us
And good luck and find your way

Clawing out will sometimes seem so far away
Never knowing if I'll live to see another day
Never seem to find out what to do
No one seems to tell you
'Cause you're drowning

When the one you leave is the one thing you believe
You say goodbye when underneath’s your one belief
That love rules all, conquers all
That love rules all, it conquers all



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Drowning song meanings
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    General CommentI never thought of it in a "break-up" sense, and I suppose that makes more sense, but I always thought of it like this:

    Maybe I'm just living out the same old stories in and out
    But you know that don't make it easier

    {This part means that her lover passed away, and she always reminisces, looks at pictures, reads old love letters, but it never gets any easier}

    Time will fly away with me if truth won't stop and let me see
    And tell me I am to believe that you and I should never be again
    {time keeps going on and on. she can't stop it, but she won't let her heart accept the fact that she will never see him again. She keeps thinking he will come back, but he won't, ever again.)

    I'm drowning (hopeless, lost, in so much pain that she can't breathe)

    When the one you leave is the one thing you believe
    You say goodbye when underneath’s your one belief
    (he left her through death, and he was the one thing she believed in. she has to say goodbye, but yet she still believes she will see him again one day)

    That love rules all, conquers all (no matter what, love conquers death.)

    It’s funny how the times that seem unbearable
    Are the ones that you don't ever want to end (in death, the pain is there. she always feels the pain, but when the pain starts to fade, she feels guilty. she doesn't want the pain to end, subconsciously. I actually know what that's like. when you start to feel happy after the loss of someone close to you. you feel so bad, you just want to go back to the hurt, but at the same time, you just want the hurt to stop, so badly)

    And when your childhood slips away
    You find you face a brand new day
    And you know it can't be the same again
    {the naivity of young love, after death, is gone. she must face a new day with bravery, though things will never, ever be the same again. she is changed by the grief}

    'Cause when you leaved you stayed in my memory
    I’m saying goodbye for now and have a drink for us
    And good luck and find your way
    {when he died, he left a handprint on her heart, and many memories to boot. she's finally learning to say goodbye, drink to him, and pray that he finds his way to heaven, to wait for her)

    Clawing out will sometimes seem so far away
    Never knowing if I'll live to see another day
    {she feels like she's reaching out, and screaming out for help. she never knows if she's going to make it another day, because it just hurts so badly}

    Never seem to find out what to do
    No one seems to tell you
    'Cause you're drowning
    {everyone tries to comfort her, but no one knows what to say, because she's "drowning" and no one understands quite what she is going through)

    When the one you leave is the one thing you believe
    You say goodbye when underneath’s your one belief (this part is explained above, verse one i believe)
    That love rules all, conquers all
    That love rules all, it conquers all (again, no matter what life brings, love conquers death)

    I always found this song so emotionally moving. I've always related it to the loss of a loved one. This song just gets to me, it so matches the feelings you feel when you loose a love.
    TragicallyNaive on November 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere can you hear a copy of this song? i can't find it on missyhiggins.com and i'd like to hear it. Please help =D
    thanx
    LoveThyEnemyon May 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfound it! the emotion she puts into the song just makes the song so much better. i think its really about a break up she didnt want to happen but had to. i guess thats my take on it coz thats what i was going thru but i'm back with the guy and happy again.
    LoveThyEnemyon August 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't know what this song's about, i haven't got to trying to figure it out yet, i'm too focused on loving it.
    anaesthetiseon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso, does anyone know if she really says "leaved" in the part "'Cause when you leaved you stayed in my memory"? I just wonder if it's not a different word, one that exists...
    anaesthetiseon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. I love the way she uses drowning as a way to describe how she feels metaphorically. Sometimes the only way to describe the way people feel is through metaphors, and I think she has done this so well. It sums up heartbreak for me.
    kit_kat_69on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree that its about a break up. That no matter how much she loves him and how infatuated she is with him, she knows it will just never be the same again. May the term 'Drowning' refers to the tears she's shed over the truth.

    You can get the song on Limewire (limewire.com)...its not on her website coz she actually hasn't officially recorded it. The version is live...but its good quality and theres no sceaming crowd when shes singing it.
    bushhermiton January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentERNN its about leaving school you F-Wits.
    She wrote this song at school when I shared a room with her. Listen to the words again from this angle you F-Wits
    CaptainObviouson February 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCaptainObvious doesnt seem to realize that there can be many interpretations of a song and often the writer wants it that way. ERNN.
    ilovemaxon July 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso today we did a dance to this song at a dance industrial and the guy explained it to us as being about this break up and how she's all down n stuff and yet, there's hope b/c "love rules all, conquers all" and so although it's a depressing song, there's hope in it.
    ps. the dance we learned to it was just fantastic. and for all you non-dancers, half the battle of making a dance good is being able to to feel the song and take the singers emotion and make it your own and feel what he/she is feeling. plus it helps if you love the song. and b/c of this industrial, me n my friends are now offically obsessed with this song. =] LOVE IT.
    dancinturkey08on November 04, 2007   Link

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