I create to destroy at hand
This path I made in the sand
(Tragedy haunts its prey)
And I'm off to the deepest depths
To forfeit my place on this land
The tide pulls you in to me
As one, adrift in the sea
(We finally float away)
The feeling is free and
You'll find yourself drifting with me

Don't hold your breath for long
If the undertow's getting too strong
There's no reason for you to come alone

The horizon is just ahead
The end of the dry lives we've led
(Tragedy haunts its prey)
You know what I think of them
You sutured my wounds when they bled
So what's to become of us?
The answer has yet to be seen
(We finally float away)
As fate puts us side by side
You'll find yourself drifting with me

Don't hold your breath for long
If the undertow's getting too strong
There's no reason for you to come alone

(Chad Ginsburg Solo)

Don't hold your breath for long
If the undertow's getting too strong
There's no reason for you to come alone


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    General CommentGreat Song From An Answer Can Be Found the nuew album i think its about not knowing where your life will take you and just letting time pass by with many changes occuring in your life
    parabola 17on June 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti thinks its about finding that right person but they are unsure about your feelings but youve been through so much together but you still know that no matter what happens everything will be alright as long as they are together... thats just my guess though also thats awesome solo... but they all are...
    dprothmanon July 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about finding someone you wanna spend your life with and possibly get married, "I'm off to the deepest depths, to forfeit my place on this land" that is about getting married and forfeiting your life to one person. "Don't hold your breath for long, if the undertows getting too strong theres no reason for you to come along" thats about if the other person changes their mind or feels they're not ready they don't have to go through with it.
    PerishedGodon July 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts about 2 guys who go swimming at night in the ocean, one wants to have fun and the other just wants the sea to take him away
    Buckethead_ruleson July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts about 2 guys who go swimming at night in the ocean, one wants to have fun and the other just wants the sea to take him away
    Buckethead_ruleson July 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think the undertow and stuff is a metaphor not literal. PerishedGod is right
    noxious goaton August 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this is my favorite song off of AACBF. very mellow and smooth. Of course its all metaphorical. about not wanting your loved one to be dragged down with you if, i assume, the relationship is difficult or whatnot.
    titania098on December 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAccording to Deron it's not metaphorical, I have no problem with people thinking it is but please don't state it as fact, kthx. If it *were* metaphorical, I'd see it along the lines of a suicide pact in general, with one of the people having second thoughts.
    Silverdewon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLiteral or not, this is one of my favorites. And just to say, the ocean is evil (especially the undertow!).
    evil_llama08on June 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment...boy, I'm such an idiot. Just got what this song is really about, and after I bitched at people for not believing Deron's literal interpretation. The man is clearly lying to protect his own vulnerability.

    This is a song about alcoholism and mental instability.

    The narrator is aware of his volatile mental state ("I create to destroy at hand") and feels that his life will always be like this ("tragedy haunts its prey").

    I believe that the water in this song is a metaphor for alcohol. So "I'm off to the deepest depths" is about drinking, which causes the narrator to "forfeit [his] place on this land". He feels that his drinking isolates him.

    The next part is about how the narrator and his wife/partner are bound together. "The tide pulls you in" is about how his mental instability binds his partner to him. "Yet you'll find yourself drifting with me."

    "Don't hold your breath for long" is where the narrator is telling his partner not to expect him to change, because he cannot. The "undertow getting too strong" is the undercurrent of his alcoholism and mental health issues that lies beneath their relationship. "There's no reason for you to come along" - the narrator is giving his partner a get-out clause, saying that just because they're married, she doesn't have to put up with all of his problems. He knows that he is going to self-destruct (see first line of song) and he doesn't want to drag her down with him.

    "The end of the dry lives we've lead" - dry, as in sober. He's saying that his alcoholism has got so bad that he will never be "dry" again. "You sutured my wounds when they bled" refers to their bond and how she has been there for him.

    Rest is self-explanatory. This is what I think, given that when this album was written/recorded, Deron was struggling with his alcoholism. He'd never admit that it's such a personal song, but I truly believe it is, from Deron to Felissa.

    Feel free to contradict me, but you won't change my mind =)
    Silverdewon July 21, 2007   Link

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