"Waterfalls" as written by and Marqueze/lopes Etheridge....
Tasting the tears
That run down the gutter two teeth make
Tears in route
Running a groove in your cheek

Waterfalls leave smooth rocks
When the river dries up
You can determine where a river once was
Just by examining rocks

Your face never forgets a cry
Like trace remnants of acid in your spine

The erosion cries cause
Make whiskers prematurely sprout in men
And in women
Homogenize complexion
Diluting pigment
Until the whole face is washed with a slight mascara tint

Your face never forgets a cry
Like trace remnants of acid in your spine


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"Waterfalls" as written by Marqueze Ethridge Lisa Lopes

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    General CommentI feel it necessary to point out that, while the meaning of the "acid" lines does refer to the myth that LSD stays in your spinal fluid, the fact is that LSD/acid does NOT stay in your spinal fluid, and doesn't actually go into your spine at all. It's metabolized by your Liver, and the half-life is only a few hours. It's important to stop spreading these myths, as it only makes perfectly safe drugs like LSD seem dangerous and unhealthy.

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    ridespiralson April 18, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"You can determine where a river once was
    Just by examining rocks"

    amazing.
    thisboyistocotronicon June 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwonderful. no less.
    proximaon July 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely brilliant! the metaphor of the acid in the spinal fluid and the rocks left behind from a dried river is very clever. The men's whiskers and woman's homogenized complexion most likely means that you can tell if a person used to be depressed/hurt in the past just by looking at their face, hence, the rocks and spinal fluid.
    sobe_fearon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentseriously one of my favourites, the first time i heard this song i couldn't stop listening to it, it's so haunting and beautiful.
    the almost live version of it is lovely, too.
    carlinbon February 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"your face never forgets a cry"


    yoni leaves me speechless.
    oaklandazulasylieon February 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOh, and this song is totally brilliant :)
    ridespiralson April 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt will never not sound like "make couscous prematurely sprout in men" to me...
    MalyshRazzleson July 27, 2013   Link
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    General Comment"Waterfalls leave smooth rocks
    When the river dries up
    You can determine where a river once was
    Just by examining rocks"

    I think this is a pretty simple analogy to the way "your face never forgets a cry"...

    "Your face never forgets a cry
    Like trace remnants of acid in your spine"

    by saying "your face" he is reffering to your ego, memory, thought process, ability to trust or put yourself out there. he compares it to the small effect acid leaves on your spine that never leaves althought all the effects of the acid leaves fairly quickly

    "The erosion cries cause
    Make whiskers prematurely sprout in men"

    he is saying the pain and hurt taht makes men cry makes them grow up too early or wear them down to quick, its a negetive effect of the "erosion cries cause"


    "And in women
    Homogenize complexion"

    He is saying failed relationships or other hardships in life make many (maybe younger) girls have low self esteem, so they cover themselves up with makeup, i think makeup is just a metaphor for anything that puts distance between the girl and her getting close to anyone... and homogenize complexion basically refers to what makeup does to girls, they put it on until it masks who they really are...

    "Until the whole face is washed with a slight mascara tint"

    sometimes they do it until they completly are beaten by it, comsumed by it
    hippie402on March 02, 2007   Link

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