Maybe an ocean is found in a lake.
Maybe exceptions to this could be made.
But I’m swimming Lord, just to be saved…

She always loved him, but not in the way,
The way she’s supposed to, but she never claimed to.
But she’s swimming Lord, just to be saved…
Young lovers gathering ’round, they
Hold their hands on Sundays
Sundays they get down on the ground
They’ll get down on the ground for you
I say that some claims are true, some claims are true
And I say that some silly dreams… but I can’t come true, oh
Someday I’ll get down on the ground
Get down on the ground for you…

He’s getting old, he’s getting old, he’s getting old,
He’s getting old, he’s getting old,
And the water is cold.

Bum, bum ba-da dum…

I say that some claims are true, some claims are true
And I say that some silly dreams… but I can’t come true, oh
Someday I’ll get down on the ground
Get down on the ground for you…

He’s getting old, he’s getting old, he’s getting old,
He’s getting old, he’s getting old…

Because variables lurk in the wine
Because the bed's warm when it’s cold out, that's a good sign.
It’s never ever gonna feel right to pull the latch back again.
The dust you kick up is too fine.
Because variables lurk in the wine
Because the bed's warm when it's cold out, that's a good sign.
It’s never ever gonna feel right to pull the latch back again.
The dust you kick up is too fine.






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    General CommentThe lyrics on here are wrong. The first verse says "maybe redemption is found in the lake," not maybe an ocean. The second verse says "Hold their hands on Sundays, but some day they'll get down on the ground for you."

    Also, it is "because the bed's warm and its cold out."

    I think this song is about the struggle with reality as a way to redemption, and the fact that no matter what you do, whether you go to Church on Sunday or not, reality is going to kick your ass, and you're going to be "swimming" to find your redemption.

    I think line that's most critical of religion is the "I say some claims are true, some claims are true, but I think some silly dreams, they can't come true." I think he's saying there that there's wisdom to be found in religion (also present in the idea that "some variables lurk in the wine"), but there's a lot of "silly dreams" there too.

    I think the last stanza (which is a song unto itself on Snakes got a Leg) sums the whole idea up quite well.

    Because variables lurk in the wine

    The drunken-ness of religion, of belief, has many variables lurking within it, which can't be fully bought into, but that's not to say that it's all bunk.

    Because the bed's warm and its cold out, that's a good sign.

    This is an obvious metaphor for someone having left recently, but very recently. Considering the rest of the song, and a lot of Spencer's other references, I'd assume it's related to the idea that God was here, but is now gone. Despite this, the warmth of the presence is still here, i.e. religion, but we can't really understand the thing in itself anymore.

    It's never ever gonna feel right to pull the latch back again.

    Again, we'll never be able to pull the latch back and see the thing in itself again.

    Because the dust you kick up is too fine.

    Similar to the left over warmth -- the dust is there, but it's too fine to fully grasp and pin down. It's all too ethereal.
    andrueon December 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe REDEMPTION is found in the lake...
    Tavson February 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's:
    Because the bed's warm and it’s cold out that's a good sign.
    HeiaVincenton April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentchurch!
    jesus!
    holy water!
    sacrament!
    ???
    softdeliciouson May 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know about the meaning of the lyrics, but the sound of the song makes me think of a mad scientist trying desperately to create a friend (sortà la Frankenstein). And you think he's crazy 'n all, but at the end when it gets sweeter you realize... he's just lonely!

    But that's just me. The lyrics (now that I actually look at them) do seem to hint at religion, worship, and sacrament. So much for the mad scientist. Poor guy.
    cakeandmilkon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm grasping for straws trying to make a meaning of this song. I kinda thought it might be about a girl dating an old dying man for his money. But lots of the lyrics don't seem to fit. So that's not right.
    Pretty song though. D:
    Mymsicalon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti feel like this song is talking about how people try to believe in religion/god and all that just sort of as an insurance plan so that if at the end of their lives, if everything is how it's claimed to be (if god/heaven exist) they will be saved. so the speaker is saying that he'll do the same - he'll pray to god to basically cover himself.
    thewinepressson January 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti feel like this song is talking about how people try to believe in religion/god and all that just sort of as an insurance plan so that if at the end of their lives, if everything is how it's claimed to be (if god/heaven exist) they will be saved. so the speaker is saying that he'll do the same - he'll pray to god to basically cover himself.
    thewinepressson January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is specifically referring to Catholicism, because of the talk of wine and getting down on the ground on sundays. Also, I think when it says "he's getting old" it's referring to God and he's talking about how one day he might believe in God because some of it is silly and some of it could be true. That's just what I got ou of it.
    bigdbaston July 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti dont think the whole religon references mean a whole lot in this song i think its just kind of like a sub plot. i once read an interview of spencer and he talked about how he uses swimming like hes trying not to drown so i think it has to do with that too
    quickenson October 31, 2007   Link

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