"El Torrente" as written by and Bayles Johnson....
He couldn't move
As seasoned as he was
There was something in this one
That was too much for him
He had a daughter
He hoped to live through
Four years old, ten years reach to this girl

Please let my girl go without knowing what I know
Don't let her read this day on my face when I come home

Detective, take note of all you've seen
Like her hand still holding the smallest leaf
The neck angled too far from her body
And he body's position at the base of this tree

Please let my girl go without knowing what I know
Don't let her read this day on my face when I come home

He wrote measurements on a pad of paper
Noted each bruise and abrasion
How could this happen
To a girl so young

Please let my girl go without knowing what I know
Don't let her read this day on my face when I come home


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"El Torrente" as written by Johnson Bayles

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    General CommentHe had a daughter
    He hoped to live through
    Four years old, ten years reach to this girl

    The way I read this, is that the man has a 4 yr old daughter, and he wants her to grow up safely, so that when shes older he can live through her, like the way that parents revel in their childs accomplishments, and they feel in a way as if they suceeded because their children did. At the moment shes too young for him to really live through her, because shes too busy being a kid.
    Falcasauruson December 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Please let my girl go without knowing what I know"

    I heard it as '..go, without..' and envisioned an action movie where they're using someone's love to get them to divulge information. It'd be a bit of a weak plea if that was the case, but all the same I thought it was an interesting take on that situation.

    obviously its '..go without..' when you read the rest of the lyrics, and I opt towards a more open interpretation, because it doesn't matter if this girl was murdered or if he's a detective, It's simply about the preservation of innocence.
    hardcoretraceuron April 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess there's no more to say about the meaning of this. So I can now say how much I love it!!

    It always makes me think of CSI when listening to it too
    Harry_Manbackon March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentas if Minus the bear songs didn't make me cry enough, guitars sounding so sweet,; then they put some brutal lyrics like that over. The plain and begging refrain of 'please'.. solid gold.
    _ellieon May 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit sounds like the girl in this song fell from a tree...
    gutentagsum41on July 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so sad
    its about a murder scene/rape
    TheShorelineon September 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo freaking simple yet so freaking awesome.
    Harry_Manbackon November 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems like the girl's death was suicide, not an accident or a murder. The girl's neck was broken, and she was at the base of the tree - as though she hanged herself.
    nemton November 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah someone explained the true story that this is based on, i've kindof forgotten it but that's the jist of it.. pretty much breaks your heart! such a gorgeous song.
    clearlyon January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe was holding a leaf, im guessing she fell from the tree, maybe grabbed it trying to hold on?
    Nyxzenon January 18, 2007   Link

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