"Adrift" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
Ever since we said our good-byes
The onion rings, the phone makes me cry
Something isn't right
Like the Deep Blue without the Great White

In the morning open your eyes
The waterfalls, the fire flies
You're an abacus
And my heart was counting on us

Your heart's got a heavy load
There's still a long way to go
Keep your eyes on the road

Crescent moon sings me to sleep
The birches bark, the willows weep
But I lie awake; I'm adrift without a snowflake

Your heart's got a heavy load
There's still a long way to go
Keep your eyes on the road

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"Adrift" as written by Kevin Hearn Ed Robertson

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  • +2
    General CommentThis one was discussed on barenaked.net's board and it has much more clever meaning that I had thought...

    Here's my take:
    Obviously a song about losing someone...
    "The onion rings, the phone makes me cry"
    The onion is ringing instead of making him cry. The phone makes him cry now because it's not ringing.

    "The water falls, the fire flies"
    He is crying still, as the fire of their relationship flies.

    "You're an abacus and my heart was counting on us"
    Amazing line, doesn't need much interpretation.

    "The birches bark, the williows weep
    But I lie awake; I'm adrift without a snowflake"
    I think he is saying something in him really wants the dead relationship to work, but he knows it can't. Adrift, and a drift with the snowflake, a clever BNLey pun.

    Awesome song about trying to keep your head up when you're sad. Great song, wonderful way to kick off the new album.
    Kidinthehall182on September 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line "The onion rings, the phone makes me cry" means that since he said goodbye, everything's been messed up and unnatural (normally the phone would ring and the onion would make him cry). That's actually one of my favourite bnl lines ever.
    ian74on September 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI seriously think this song sounds like something the Muppets would sing. Maybe it's the banjo and the dreamy quality. I personally have a suspicion they meant it to sound like that. :)
    colum1225on May 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just broke up with a guy who's really into puns. I think maybe I need to go listen to this song 28947324 times on repeat now...
    gravity_defianton June 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes i agree, wonderful way to start the album! this is an amazing song and im wondering why more people havent commented on it! this is a sone about losing his love and feeling out of sorts about it.
    i let my friends listen to it and she loved it. it was the first BNL song she had ever heard...
    anyway, great song!!
    1967Impalaon March 22, 2007   Link

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