"Waterline" as written by Mark Isham and Paul F. Landry....
I just sit there and let the thoughts flood
And I remind myself it's all right, it's all good, it's all love
It's not though 'cause there's a kink in the armor
A pothole I'm sinking in while I think of the drama

So I stand up, start to pace in my living room
Set my eye to the highway knowing that I'll play chicken soon
There's a vanity plate with my name on it
There's a Davey Crockett hat with a Masonic fat cat under it

A musket rifle spitting at my feet
They want me to dance in the middle of the street
And I respect my elders, so I do as I'm told
But I offset the bell curve when I do it with soul, losing control

Guilty feet do have rhythm, they just dance to
The wrong theme music to amuse the villain
Instead of killing, I'll spare the raccoon
And start filling sandbags as I stare at the moon
And let the thoughts flood

Blessed are those who are dammed when the levee broke
How many choked on the steps to a slow dance?
A staircase to a hug with no hands
Accountability hung out to dry on the line of command

We let the thoughts flood
We remind ourselves it's all right, it's all good, it's all love
It's not though 'cause there's a kink in the armor
A pothole I'm sinking in

Sharing a drink with my father
It's a family affair, the vanity we share
The waterline is rising, all we do is stand there




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"Waterline" as written by Paul F. Landry Mark Isham

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    My Interpretationmy interpitation: this song relates to human moralaty. we live our lives the way we want without thinking about who or what we affect. and our evil ways will catch up to us slowly but surely {karma} (waterline is rising all we do is stand there) i.e.; polution/global warming, slavery ect.
    fejvtecon February 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking this is about New Orleans, anyone else agree?
    ElfyNibs33on June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so excellent, the music I mean, I don't think they're is much hope for me to understand his lyrics, but it is good, nonetheless. I thought the Waterline was just a metaphor, not literal, flood or whatever else, but like I said, I really don't know. I thought maybe, like, he was drowning in something?

    Great music, easy to listen to.
    JennJennHon January 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthm,,i kinda agree on the New Orleans thing,, but,,when i listen to it,,and FEEL the lyrics for myself,,i think about how i've had a hard time standing up for myself,,and,,i always leave when things get too fucked up..kinda like i,, just stand there and watch the waterline rise,,and devour those i've turned away from,,hehe,,but thats just me,, i've also tried to make a painting with this song,,and it turned out quite nice..hehe,,listen to sage,,and respect the mind,,i dreamt i had his..MIND once,,woke up feeling talentless:P haha,, i'm tired,,,goodnight,, peace
    Plaindarkon January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLol yeah there's a meaning for this in each one of us, but I can see the New Orleans catastrophe here as well.

    The waterline is rising
    All we do is stand there

    This song is touching.. amazing.
    maffy06on February 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou can see the song however you want it to be. It could be to do with New Orleans or Himself. I think it's important where he says " WE let the thoughts flood/ WE remind ourselves" Earlier on it's I... Theres got to be some meaning there, i just can't pick it out.

    Beautiful song, sage is a lyrical genius. Crack Pipes has to be one of my favourites...

    Take care
    Phil
    music1994on February 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI hate that anyone would ever relate this song to Katrina. There's only two different things that could possible relate to that if you interpreted it incredibly literally which is "levee broke" and "waterline is rising"

    Nothing is ever as it seems in Sage's song's.
    He's brilliant.
    breeezyy24on May 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, Sage actually didn't write this song; a dude from Huntington named Chris Mays wrote this song, and it is not about Katrina. It's actually about his relationship with his super-fundie parents and their disdain for his very different politics and morals.

    How do I know? Eh, he's sort of my boyfriend. :p
    scarletxstarleton October 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's supposed to be a skin-deep Katrina reference, but a much more complex allegory under the surface.
    Tray Dubon November 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song obviously relates to NO, but as with every Sage song EVERY LINE is a metaphor for something else.

    "I just sit there and let the thoughts flood... The waterline is rising and all we do is stand there"

    This song isn't referring only to N.O., but every time someone feels something is wrong, and instead of acting on it, they just 'stand there' and let the 'thoughts flood'.

    It's time to act, and take a stand.. on whatever situation you feel strongly about.
    kappy04on February 28, 2009   Link

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