"All Of My Tears" as written by and Jason Pierce....
Lord it's so hot and I ain't got a lot
Don't need much but I ain't satisfied right now
I just want water I just want an ocean
An endless river to wash away all of my tears

Lord it's so hot and my heart's bleeding
Ain't been with you but it's you I'm needing right now
I just want water I just want an ocean
An endless river to wash away all of my tears

When your hot and lord how it's steamin'
You gotta go back to the river babe
I just want water I just want an ocean
An endless river to take me back to my shame


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"All of My Tears" as written by Jason Pierce

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    General CommentThis is like a lot of Jason's music... I think he either believes in God or wants to, but has never really heard back from God. It's a love/hate relationship.
    rapendergaston January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song
    angel4peeaceon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVery beautiful. Originally a Spacemen 3 song, Jason Pierce redid it with his next band, changing the lead guitar with violin as well as giving it a good kick of ambience. I recommend you hear the original if you haven't--they're equally amazing. The lyrics provided on this site contain a couple of errors: one semantic, another apparently a mishearing. The final word of the song is 'babe', not 'shame'. Sort of changes the conclusion of the song a bit, yes?

    Water is a symbol of purity/healing that Pierce uses often in his lyrics (see: Cool Waves, Lord Let It Rain On Me, On Fire, I Didn't Mean to Hurt You, etc.). I don't think he uses 'Lord' as anymore than a vain cry for something higher than himself to help him. Perhaps alluding to a secular Job-like character? In this case, he's apparently in despair and the only thing he needs is something to bring him back to a peaceful state--which isn't so easy considering his circumstance (see: Home of the Brave, Cop Shoot Cop, Lord Help Me Out, etc.). He's apparently hurting for love. Not only an endless river, but an ocean as well? Pretty powerful statement.

    I believe Jason Pierce to be a true master of minimalism. This song epitomizes this.
    intpon June 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfor some reason i think that jason is alluding to alcohol or heroin as the water.

    see 'broken heart" for example. he uses his drugs to heal him.
    crazy/beautifulon April 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is most likely about longing for heroin. As mentioned above, he uses the water/heroin analogy in other songs like "Cool Waves," "Lord Let it Rain on Me," "Feeling Just Fine (Head Full of Shit)," etc.

    also, the word in the final verse is "bay" rather than "babe." It is much easier to discern on Playing with Fire and in several live versions.
    candytalkingon July 04, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI disagree. Jason uses water as a cleansing and admits his drug usage is a sin. He uses drugs not to heal, but to get by(in his music at least). I think the heat or "hot" in this song is a reference to hell and him admitting his sins, "ain't been with you but its you I'm needing" = J saying to God "I've not been a good boy, but I want to change." The water is purity; he's asking God to forgive him and wash his sins away.
    TheSoundOfCarpeton January 26, 2010   Link

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