You and I are like oil and water
And we've been trying, trying, trying...
Ooooh to mix it up
We've been dancing on a volcano
And we've been crying, crying, crying
Over blackened souls
Babe, this wouldn't be the first time
It will not be the last time
There is no parasol that can shelter this weather

I've been smiling with anchors on my shoulders
But I've been dying, dying, dying
Oooh to let them go

Babe, this wouldn't be the first time
It will not be the last time
There is no parasol that could shelter this weather
Babe this wouldn't be the first time
It will not be the last time
We tried to believe everything would get better

We've been
Lying to each other
Hey babe
Let's just call it, call it, call it
Oooh what it is
Oil and water (wouldn't be the first time)
Oil and water (wouldn't be the first time)
Oil and water (wouldn't be the first time)


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    General CommentLet's just call it, what it is. Oil and water.

    To me, it's not about a relationship that doesn't work; it's about one that WILL work because of this open acknowledgment of differences and obstacles. Totally gorgeous.
    jewyjewman4on December 07, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationAgain I doubt anyone checks these but I wanted to comment...

    First off I think it is pretty basic in regards to what it is about. I think it is clearly about a failing relationship, at the point where they compare themselves to Oil and Water, which will never be able to mix no matter what. They keep trying, but realize they are just lying to each other, so they decide to call it what it is... Oil and Water... HOWEVER, the very next song is Diamonds and Coal, which I find very interesting, because that song is about how PRESSURE transforms COAL into a DIAMOND. The song even says inspire of this we're doing just fine, even diamonds start as coal. Give us time to shine. SO I am thinking that Oil and Water, was the couple accepting the fact that they have issues, and they may not mix, BUT because they called it what it is, and accepted it they were able to move past their differences and build around it. So in spite of it, they are doing fine, and turning their COAL of a relationship into a Diamond.
    TullyPoopson May 16, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHands down best song on the new CD
    Rageron November 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree.
    Spineron November 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would have to agree as well
    loc4485on November 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I think so too, that's why I thought I should post lyrics. Some of the words I couldn't understand clearly so feel free to correct.
    MakeYourSelf101on November 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is an awesome, awesome song!! Just a few corrections, though: I think it's "OVER blackened souls" instead of "the blackened souls" and "there is no PARASOL" instead of "no better soul" and "I've been smiling with ANCHORS on my shoulders" instead of "smiling with birds on my shoulders"
    bboyd_is_geniuson November 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah this is the best song on the album, followed closely by Diamonds and Coal.
    BlazeMEon November 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaceite y agua
    Sandralinon November 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow, i dont think this is the best song.
    more corrections.

    "You and I are like oil and water
    and we've been trying, trying, trying,
    ohhhh, to mix it up.
    We been dancing on a volcano
    and we've been crying, crying, crying
    over blackened souls.
    Babe, this wouldn't be the first time.
    It will not be the last time.
    There is no parasol that could shelter
    this weather.
    I been smiling with anchor on my shoulders.
    But I've been dying, dying, dying
    ohhh, ohhh, oh to let them go.
    Babe, this wouldn't be the first time.
    It will not be the last time.
    There is no parasol that could
    shelter this weather.
    Babe, this wouldn't be the first time.
    It will not be the last time.
    We were trying to believe everything would get better.
    We been lying to each other
    Hey! Babe! Let's just call it, call it, call it
    ohhhhhhhhh, what it is!
    Oil and water!
    Oil and water!
    Oil and water!"

    this song is GREAT lyrically but uhhh earth to bella is my favorite off the cd.
    turbog33k08on December 01, 2006   Link

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