I wanted to go
Where the antelope play now
I looked around
They've all gone away now
I wish I could drink where
The water is so clear
It might clear my mind
My mind
Comes and goes here

Once I cut my hand
But the wound was not part of me
Now I'm a man
There's a wound at the heart of me
I wish I could leave
And I guess I would stay there
Wherever that is
That is
Far from anywhere

There's a stream running over
On distant shores
Everybody's swimming
In the water

There's a stream running over
On distant shores
And everybody's swimming
(Swimming)
In the water

Baby I want to go where
Nobody will change me
Or change my mind
My mind
That contains me
And is contained by
The starlight surrounding us
Like falling rain
Pouring down on us

There's a stream running over
On distant shores
Everybody's swimming
In the water

There's a stream running over
On distant shores
Everybody's swimming
(Swimming)
In the water
(Repeat 1x)

I wanted to go
Where the antelope play now
Well I looked around
They've all gone away now
I wish I could leave
And I guess I would stay there
Wherever that is
That is
Far from everywhere

There's a stream running over
On distant shores
Everybody's swimming
In the water

There's a stream running over
On distant shores
Everybody's swimming
(Swimming)
In the water


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    General Commentthis has to be one of the funnest songs I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Obviously, it's fantastic to play on a warm, sunny day, or when you're just taking a chill drive to wherever your mind takes you. Awesome.
    chadtappon April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh so great.
    hab204on September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"I wanted to go
    Where the antelope play now
    I looked around
    They've all gone away now
    I wish I could drink where
    The water is so clear
    It might clear my mind
    My mind
    Comes and goes here"

    The first stanza expresses that he wants to go somewhere beautiful in this world but its not possible. The antelope and clear water have gone away suggesting environmental destruction. Without "clean water" (natural purity) he cannot even think straight.

    "Once I cut my hand
    But the wound was not part of me
    Now I'm a man
    There's a wound at the heart of me
    I wish I could leave
    And I guess I would stay there
    Wherever that is
    That is
    Far from anywhere"

    Second stanza contrasts the cut of a hand with a "wound" in a "heart". A wound in a heart is a psychological scar- a pain to the true self, whereas a cut on a hand is superficial. Cutting a hand is a mistake more frequently made by children, and it's placement before the line "Now I'm a man" suggests growing up, when people tend to manifest more psychological problems. Then he goes into an escape fantasy.

    "There's a stream running over
    On distant shores
    Everybody's swimming
    In the water (and so on)

    This is the escape fantasy, which ties into the unfulfilled desire for happiness in nature expounded in the first stanza.

    "Baby I want to go where
    Nobody will change me
    Or change my mind
    My mind
    That contains me
    And is contained by
    The starlight surrounding us
    Like falling rain
    Pouring down on us"

    In this fantasy realm the narrator will also be free of his psychological problems and insecurities. Interesting that in a previous stanza the body and self were dichotomized (the cut on the hand vs the wounded heart), and in this one the mind and the self are dichotomized. Not sure what the starlight/rain references mean, but they "contain" and "surround" the narrator, and are seen as positive.

    Thats pretty much all the lyrics. The way I've written this it sounds kind of negative, but I actually think its a very positive and uplifting song about escapist fantasies with environmental undertones.
    nightpotatoon May 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOf course i don't think that's the meaning of the song, but when i heard it for the first time i got the idea it was about someone who was kinda struggling and was seeing how everybody was swimming in the water, which could be living their lives or whatever.
    nightfieldon March 05, 2015   Link

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