You are a waterfall
Waiting inside a well
You are a wrecking ball
Before the building fell
And every lightning rod
Has got to watch the storm cloud come.

And I’ve heard of pious men
And I’ve heard of dirty fiends
But you don’t often hear
Of us ones in between
And I’ve heard of creatures
Who eat their babies;
And I wonder if they stop
To think about the taste.

I saw the sun go down
Outside of Arkansas;
And I saw the sun come up
Somewhere in Illinois.
And in the darkness
I taught myself to hate.
But where were you, oh where were you?
And where the fuck did the sun go?

And I am a creature.
And I am survivin’.
And I want to be alone
But I want your body.
So when you eat me,
Mother and baby,
Oh baby, mother me,
Before you eat me.

And you should always pass
When you get the inside lane.
Don’t pull your hair out;
I won’t pull my hair out.
For I have never seen a sun
That did not bury its head in the side of the world when the day was done

You are a waterfall
Waiting inside a well
You are a wrecking ball
Before the building fell
And I will mutter like a lover
Who speaks in tongues, oh he speaks in tongues.
Oh I speak in tongues.

(She’s your mother; she’s got a lovely tongue.)


Lyrics submitted by Clap Your Hands, edited by scottith

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  • +2
    General CommentInitially, I got a completely different interpretation. I think that Krug's lover is about to break up with him. She's filled with bad news thats about to hit him all at once, like a well that contains a waterfall, or a wrecking ball that's about to level him, and he knows it. He himself feels like the lightening rod watching the storm approach, as he knows what he has coming. But he loves her and actually tells her to go through with it (You should always pass when you got the inside lane). All the talk about good guys and bad guys and him in between is his confirming that he's not such a great guy, but not a horrible one, either. Still, he understands and accepts his fate (I am a creature, I am surviving) even though he still loves her (I want your body). All he wants is for her to be gentle when she lets him down (mother me/before you eat me). He also comforts her and tells her that he'll be alright (creature/surviving again, but also: Don't pull your hair out/ I won't pull my hair out), because everyone in this world had problems (I have never seen a sun that did not bury its head in the side of the world when the day is done) and he's willing to cope with if it'll make her happy. But I don't know, that's just my interpretation. I know how much Krug hates it when people delve into his lyrics too much. An absolutely gorgeous song.
    TheNalvon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPotential and nostalgia are the words I associate with this song. Somethings and some people have ideas and capabilities that don't always get realized. And when you passed up an opportunity or a potential, that unanswered sense of wondering can come back and haunt you. Water in the well has the potential to flow with passion and energy like a water fall, but it's sitting in the well. People say you miss 100% of the shot you never take. This song seems to be about a potential that was missed.
    Anediblewomanon August 11, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment(Sorry if this is repeated) Last part is "She don't know if he's got the wedding ring(s) on / He don't know if she's got the wedding ring(s) on"

    There's some fantastic imagery to this song. Spencer's lyrical talent is uncanny.
    El_Loboon August 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment*its head
    camkid2on May 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@justicehawver, maybe that end line about the wedding rings could imply that hillary clinton and barack obama secretly got married?

    ...ryan
    invertebraeon December 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was out LONG before obama or hillary. To each his own, but if theres one thing i can surely disprove, its NOT about those two.
    ArnhemKnight117on April 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song means something different to me every time I listen to it.
    My favorite interpretation could come off as trite, but if I cared I wouldn't post this.
    I mostly like to think of it as someone who has potential but is completely repressed.
    A waterfall waiting inside a well.
    A wrecking ball before the building fell.
    Someone who isn't very extreme (not pious nor a fiend), but rather "in between."
    Someone who has internalized being alone and repressed to the point of acceptance, yet with frustration.
    "And in the darkness I taught myself to hate, oh where were you?"




    kjgoodon November 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEver gone through divorce? This is what it's like.
    asherbeeon May 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favourite by this band. And definitely in my top ten. love "ive heard of creatures who eat their babies, i wonder if they stop to think about the taste"
    and its bury its head in the side of the world when the day is done. not bury its fears.
    neonblack13on May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. I've also got (She don't know if he's got a lovely tongue.... He don't know if she's got a lovely tongue...)

    Thanks for all these, Clap Your Hands.
    shampoo suicideon June 21, 2006   Link

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