"Let It Be Sung" as written by and Daniel Lebowitz Steve Adams....
There must be a forecast
That you won't let yourself see
So you keep watching as you're driftin'
Sail away from what you need

Why don't I just give you
Everything you'll take from me
'Cause nobody owns anything
If everyone is free
That's why

This ship is goin' down
Desperately I need a sound
A song to sing so we could carry on
Just let it be sung so we could carry on

God fearing people at the bottom of the sea
Walkin' without lanterns let a stone skip over thee
Hi ho we're weightless in the sea
Hi ho be gone and lets just dance
Waltz above the ocean

This ship is goin' down
Desperately I need a sound
A song to sing so we could carry on
Just let it be sung so we might carry on
Let it be sung so we
Let it be sung so we could carry on

I've heard all of the stories
And in them I've put my trust
You gotta touch the bottom before you can come back up
And I know what you're heart is telling you
'Cause my hearts telling me the same thing too

That this ship is goin' down
Desperately I need a sound
A song to sing so we could carry on
Just let it be sung so we might carry on
Let it be sung so we
Let it be sung so we could carry on


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"Let It Be Sung" as written by Matthew Albert Costa Steve Adams

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING

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    General CommentMatt Costa sings accompaniment and the verses "God fearing people..." and "I've heard all of the stories..."
    desocanyonon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. mellow but important "message" (not really). the movie is very good too (a brokedown melody). it traces jack and his friends going around the world surfing.
    annaSon March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm almost positive it's not Matt but Zach Gill singing the last verse.
    festerplayinballon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentagreed
    annaSon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me it means that even though times get tough there is always one thing that you can cling to , to pull you through the bad times. In this instance it is music, but it could be a loved one, a dream, anything. I love this song, but I love EVERY Jack Johnson song.
    "You gotta touch the bottom before you can come back up" I love this line. It's so true... sometimes things spiral so out of control that the only way to make it is to hit rock bottom and then build everything back up again better than it was before. Learn from your mistakes but find that something or someone that will help you through your troubles.
    koukla243on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe song is about surfing and wiping out...ill give you a verse to verse break down.

    Verse 1 (Jack Johnson)- when you are surfing you pay attention to the forecast a lot to kind of give you an idea of how strong the rip current is and how high the waves are. but usually you go out anyways even if its flat and as you drift with the current you watch the horizon for wave peaks. And while your waiting your drifting from your personal life. and the second stanza of verse one talks about how people give each other tips and helps each other out and its pretty much like a whole community out in the line up where "nobody owns anything and everyone is free."

    Chorus- This is the wipe out. The ship is you and the board. and the sound is guidance so "desperately i need a sound" is a prayer for help. the song is again a metaphor for help so that they can carry on surfing.

    Verse 2 (Matt Costa)- Basically in this verse Mother Ocean plays the role of God. If you fear the ocean while your surfing you are going to wipe out and end up "at the bottom of the sea" no matter what you do. you shouldn't really be out in the line up if you arent confident enough to handle the waves that what the whole "Hi Ho" part is about telling the people who lack that confidence to leave before they get seriously hurt. and the whole dancing the waltz above the ocean is a metaphor for surfing so "...let's just dance/ waltz above the ocean" is saying forget them lets just continue surfing.

    Verse 3 (Zach Gill)- The stories are surfing legends that people pass around and tell about wipe outs they have experienced and most surfers believe them. and when you do wipe out you have to touch the bottom so you can push off of it to get back to the surface. cause when your in the water after a wipe out you have no idea which way is up. so yo should try to reach the bottom so you can position yourself. and what your heart is telling is instinct which is to survive.

    I do agree with koukla and i think the song is about surfing and in this case surfing (especially the wipe out) is a metaphor for getting through rough times.
    PJamfan90on April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think your right about the song being about the pcean. But not totally.

    Why don't I just give you
    Everything you'll take from me
    'Cuz nobody owns anything
    And everyone is free

    I dont think that verse is talking about the ocean though. I think it's partly how somebody doesnt want to have another relationship because they will just break their heart.
    Sometime5on April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI haven't read the other posts, but I have always thought that it was about how you have to let life happen to you, not everything can be expected and when something comes up you have to just go with it or else you'll end up really messed up since you've played it safe. and at the same time you need a sort of rock so things don't get too crazy
    annaSon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI kind of think it's about being carefree... maybe a little about faith, too?

    I don't know if he's a Christian... but he's defintely referring to them. "Godfearing people" are Christians.

    "Walkin' without lanterns let a stone skip over thee"
    Ever heard the one... 'Walk by faith and not by sight?'

    This doesn't mean he's Christian, or that I'm saying that- I'm just saying that there is a definate reference to faith.

    Faith in friends, family, God, what ever you want...
    mindpokeron November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe last verse is sing by Zach Gill is singing the last verse, but the lead singer from O.A.R is singing the second verse.
    itsJAIMEon November 05, 2008   Link

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