tonight the sounds are from the ceiling
they turned up to be a floor
strained on muffled conversations
the eyes hesitate for more

laying low but not escaping
find by contrast what is free
hear reminders in the spacing
the time when it is hard to breathe

the sun on the street
looks good to me
burning and gold
for a while it's hard to see where we come from

let's go to the sea
take memory
buried in sand
'til the tide comes in and drowns it

no one's pulling up the floorboards
to find out how we can stand
stop throwing salt outside the windows
looking hard to see it land

the sun on the street
looks good to me
burning and yellow
for a while it's hard to see where we come from

let's go to the sea
take memory
buried in sand
'til the tide comes in and drowns it

no one knows what anybody knows
no one knows what they're thinking about
spend our time guessing, spend it all
spend our time guessing, spend it all

when it's over, why can't it be gone...


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    General CommentThis song is pure extacy. Every matt pond PA song makes me feel infinate. This song reminds me of two people in love and not realizing it but deep down both of them know it but they havent said it or anything and its killing them inside and the love for each other is overpowering thier life and no matter where they are they think of the other person and how much they love them. I guess also they dont want to love each other since they want it to "be gone"
    mppamos11on April 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't get the 'relationship' thing at all. In fact, this song drives me crazy. I've just listened to a 45 minute album about how horrible the City is and how much they miss home, then the final track tells me "yeah, but you can never really go home again." As much as I like the song (and the rest of them), it just kills me.
    run4iton April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely love this song, one of my fav Matt Pond songs for sure.
    danger birdon January 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCan anyone explain the song title "Devil in the Water"...? Not really sure how it's connected to the lyrics....
    yibbittaon September 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else see a layer of this song that dismisses traditional faith? I could go line by line with this, but it's late so for now I'm just going to throw it out there - disassociation with god and religious superstitions as a means of "finding out how we can stand." And that last line, "When it's over, why can't it be gone...?" (basically, he's saying when we die, why can't that be all there is?)

    But, underneath that message (dark for some), Matt's really saying we should just enjoy the sun, and the world around us, without trying so hard to figure out/guess when it comes to metaphysics/theology/lack thereof (i.e., life is short, maybe there's nothing after, so why waste our entire lives guessing about it when we could just live and enjoy). It's probably a little deeper in that, but that's basically all I've got right now.
    asSTARSfallxon December 31, 2012   Link

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