"The Water" as written by and Neal Morse....
I am the water
I am the ocean king
I own the red sky
I am the one who makes
Dreams
Real

When it all goes to hell
There you are
It's soft and it's red
Floating free
In your own private bed
Then one day
You're pushed down a well
And you feel your funny bone crack
When it all goes to hell

You come into
A world cold and bright
And after a while
It all seems alright
You dance and play
But it's too soon to tell
That you'll find yourself scathed and attacked
When it all goes to hell

When it all goes to hell
And you don't even try to get up
When it all goes to hell

A thief in the night
I was a general
Of darkness and light
I was to be the major man
It was some kind of sight

I was going to stand alone
And do what was right
Now I'm just another stepping stone
A thief in the night

So where were all of those
Angels and priests
Who said they'd carry me
Beyond my beliefs

Where are all of them now
They're gone from my sight
My mother and father deserted me
Like thieves in the night

Yes, where are all of them now
They're gone from my side
My mother and father deserted me
Like thieves in the night

I was the water
I was the ocean king
I ruled the red sky
I could do anything
Till you, you
You messed me up
You, you
You all messed me up

F.u. I'm sorry
You gave me this home and then you left me alone
Fuck you
You act real nice while you're exacting your price
Fuck you

Everyone's got their opinions
They'll tell ya 'bout 'em all the time
What makes 'em think I want to hear them
I wish that you'd all fucking die, die, die!

You don't give a shit about anything
Fuck you
I don't know why you even bother to live
Fuck you

Everyone's so pathetic
Always talking all the time
What makes them think that
I give half a shit what's on their minds, minds, minds!

Fuck you
If the truth were told I really hate myself
Fuck you [repeat: x4]

I'm so sorry
I really am so, so sorry
If I ever hurt you or caused you pain
I can't help it
I really, really just can't help it
When the madman's on the rise again

Can you understand what it's like?
You all must understand what it's like
I can't help what happened to me
Sometimes it just comes out now can't you see
Please understand and don't
Don't hate me

I'm so sorry
I really am so, so sorry
If I ever hurt you or caused you pain
If you don't understand it's all the same
I guess I'll just be left alone again...

The water
I am the water
I am the ocean king
I own the red sky
I am the one who makes...
You...
Feel

Runnin' the race
Mocks and spots
Rip up your face
But all that counts
Is that you get to first base
Tension mouths
Then it's put in its place
And you're finally having some fun
When you're runnin' the race

Chinatown
Is off to your left
The motor pool
Is there on the right
Tension in dot matrix
Right in your face
And you're finally having some fun
While you're runnin' the race

And you're finally having some fun
While you're runnin' the race
Runnin' the race
Runnin' the race

Reach for the sky
After we've gone
After the moon rises
And the red flags fly

Gonna reach for the sky
Gonna hold my head up high
Gonna reach for the sky

Storm ragin'
That'll be alright
If we reach for the sky
Yeah we reach for the sky

Guess there never was
A winner
Just a race against time
I was mean, I was kind
Even though I was blind
I still reach for the sky

Storm ragin'
That'll be alright
If we reach for the sky
Yeah we reach for the sky

Come on people
Reach for the sky


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"The Water" as written by Neal Morse

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentNobody has commented on this? Whaaat?!

    Mm, I wish I understood more about the song in general, but I don't. Obviously, it can mean a lot of different things, but I'm sure there's one central theme that I'm not smart enough to catch on to. I was expecting other people to have come and explained this, but nooo...!

    Anyways, I was just gonna comment and say that I LOVE the part in 'FU/I'm Sorry' where all of his emotions just go wild and he's all "FUCK YOUUUUUU!" and then he gets rational for a second and says "If truth were told, I really hate myself. SO FUCK YOU!!!" I was listening to this the other day, after I'd had this huge emotional breakdown-ish-thing, and I could relate SO well. It completely described my mood at that instant. To me, it's like, all of his anger coming out, his hatred towards other people and people in general. And then his insecurities just crash down on him and he realizes that this anger is all directed towards HIM. It's not anyone else. It's not about his parents deserting him or anything else that anyone else has done so much as it is about his own self-hatred.
    Melatininion September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've been double-commenting a lot; sorry about that. Err... all I've found so far is that Neil Morse says:

    "The Water" is about being in the womb and thinking you're Godlike and then coming out into the world and being.... well.... rather disappointed.

    ...Which is pretty much how I perceive the song. It's almost a life story; a 23-minute story of one man's life and its ups and downs.
    Melatininion September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLeast favorite on the album.
    Anilandon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentisn't whole life about "having some fun, while you're running the race"?
    JanHHon July 22, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationGreat lyrics. It's very clear that this is the story of a lifetime and how the world is perceived (somewhat pessimistically) during its different stages.

    I-II: Womb
    II-III: Childhood/growing up
    IV-V: Teenager
    V-VI: Young adult
    VII: Later adulthood
    Pteraspidomorphion March 01, 2011   Link

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