You know I'm around you
I woundn't be if I didn't love you
I'm going to run through you
You know you're quite a character
It goes that I haven't got a care
When we float down the river
I wonder will I lose you
When we roam through a blizzard
We'll joke and have another cry
I hope I'm not the other guy
We'll never scale those heights again
We've lost our daugther
Let's plan to hide from all our friends
In silent waters
Be careful of what you are
What you see is just a small part
You must look for yourself in others
And all the places that you go
You see that they are part of you
I want to again be holding hands
With you underwater
And couldn't we get a second chance
To go back and start over
I was thinking before
That it was all my fault
We Dropped the baton
Sunday waves and makes faces at us all the time
And I'm wondering what I call mine
Sunday waves and makes faces all the time
And I'm wondering what I call mine


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    General Commentthe line: 'we'll never scale those hieghts again' makes me so sad. my girlfriend jus broke up with me too. :(:(
    Avalon_25on May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like this song a lot. Seems to be about a relationship the songwriter cares deeply about. I'm confused about the brief reference to losing their daughter.

    favorite line: "Sunday waves and makes faces all the time"
    owenparry26on February 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgreat song. it's most probably about a relationship with a person he cared a lot for; and he probably lost it ("And couldn't we get a second chance to go back and start over").. about the daughter reference.. maybe it's not actually a daughter so to speak, it's just a metaphor for something else like their relationship, since he said they lost their daughter.
    my favorite line is: and i want to again be holding hands with you underwater"...
    dosedxbyyouon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti hinstley don't think that it's to do w/ a reationship at all. i don'k know why but something inside me makes me want to just sit there and think of nothing but inly john.
    i wish i could share more of what i think it's about but it seems to be traped somewhere in me.
    i haven't listened to this album in ages i really have to get it bck off my friend.
    anyway instesd of me blabering on i'll try to tell you

    it's like when you first meet your first spirit or not your first like when you get to know a little more about them and you feel them around you it's like their around you, hence the name of the song, and you feel either close or tight or something like that i don't know. ah the relationship stuff could be the relation he had w/ the spirits.i don't know if i ever figure it out i'll tell you but you're prob right about the relationship stuff
    i love JFon May 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me feel unalone. it's such a gorgeous song...
    2worldon October 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsorry, one more thing: "be careful of what you are" is my favorite line.

    =]
    2worldon October 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me so sad.
    The end
    But the guitar vibe makes it feel like he's dealing with it well? If that makes sense. LIke he's accepted it and it's okay and now he's just looking back
    Fav line 'I want to again be holding hands / With you underwater'
    mayxivon November 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Aleister Crowell
    Wack_Stringson September 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment@ i love JF

    i actually see what you're saying. i think a lot of john's songs have that illusion of being about a relationship but at their core, really aren't. what you described sounds more like john.

    of course, it could be a mix of things. song meanings are rarely simple.


    @ Wack_Strings

    i read about how it was written while he was reading an aleister crowell biography, but i don't know enough about that/him to have more information.
    deepgreenseaon November 10, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationMy view is this:

    It's a song about the essential essence of life.

    /You know I'm around you
    I woundn't be if I didn't love you
    I'm going to run through you
    You know you're quite a character
    It goes that I haven't got a care/

    This is 'the essential nature' talking and this continues, to converse with the mind:
    /When we float down the river
    I wonder will I lose you
    When we roam through a blizzard/

    'Will I lose my you, my mind?'

    Then it changes, to the mind talking:

    /I hope I'm not the other guy
    We'll never scale those heights again
    We've lost our daugther
    Let's plan to hide from all our friends
    In silent waters/

    The song then switches between the two personas for the remainder:

    /Be careful of what you are
    What you see is just a small part
    You must look for yourself in others
    And all the places that you go
    You see that they are part of you/

    This bit is great. Be careful of what you think of yourself as, your perception is narrow, you must see that which is of all existence, we're all the same energy/existence/being.

    /I want to again be holding hands
    With you underwater
    And couldn't we get a second chance
    To go back and start over
    I was thinking before
    That it was all my fault
    We Dropped the baton/

    Mind (an input into your perception) dominates Being (nature, life, essence, perception) in the majority of mind holding perceptions, as a natural course (it's why we have minds, they've been useful evolutionarily for this reason), to return underwater (before birth, in the womb) is to return to the state before this dominance occurred. Before, the mind was thinking that it was it's fault (the mind judges, perception sees), but now it believes that 'we' (both) dropped the baton. The perception, or being, fooled by the ruse of the mind, is also at fault, making way for all the hate, anger, jealousy, dependence, need, vengence etc in the world that mind goes on to create through the being's submission to mind.

    /Sunday waves and makes faces at us all the time
    And I'm wondering what I call mine/

    Sunday is the day of worship in the Christian faith which pervades American society. I think these lines are referring to religion and John's mind is pondering what it calls his set of beliefs.
    ziroukon March 25, 2012   Link

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