(If you go looking for hot water
Don't act shocked when you get
Burned a little bit)

If you really want some hot water
I can help you find it

Ah yeah

Well if they catch me around
You're playing rock the boat
I'm gonna catch hell

And if you're throwing your voice
In bed singing a note
I'm gonna catch hell
I know it

Yes, alright
Try and catch me

Oh yeah

Tricky, tricky


If you're getting tricky
Lying to yourself
You're gonna catch hell

And if you're testing God
Lying to his face
You're gonna catch hell

That's it
They're gonna catch you
Ha, they're gonna catch you


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Catch Hell Blues song meanings
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    General CommentTo The PersianRose-

    "Hot water" is a colloquialism for a bad situation, kind of like in the phrase "now don't go gettin yourself in hot water!" its a colloquialism in the South.

    "If you go looking for hot water
    Don't act shocked when you get
    Burned a little bit"

    The meaning of this stanza is basically, if you go seeking out a bad situation or if you're looking for trouble, don't be surprised when you find it.
    THe_Atomic_Punkon November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is half death Letter Blues and half In My Time of Dying but 100% Jack.

    I love Jack when he plays slide. A couple years ago a saw him play Death Letter and it was the most amazing experience of my concert-going life. We need more of it.

    it sounds like a jam so i'm not sure if the lyrics have any deep meaning but it sounds like his warning someone that thier actions have consequences
    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link
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    General Commentlove it
    troxellon June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, this is amazing, kinda sinsiter sounding too. I love the 'testing god' line.

    What's the significance of hot water?
    ThePersianRoseon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentkinda sounds like death letter and ball and biscuit at the beginning
    schromeon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe significance of hot water is in the whole verse. if you look for trouble, you must deal with the consequences. if you screw with god for instance, you might "catch hell".
    tbboy13on June 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBar far best song off Icky Thump, musically and lyrically!

    What about the 'if you really want some hot water, i can help you find it?'. Cool twist.
    ThePersianRoseon June 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinately the best song on Icky Thump, and I agree with schrome, it reminds me of the live versions of Death Letter
    white_stripedon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe slide guitar is sick
    Mikemat5150on June 25, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"If you're getting chick (?)"

    Might this be instead: If you're getting chic

    as in ... Conforming to the current fashion; stylish

    that'd make more sense with the next line where he says you're lying to yourself.
    jryageron June 28, 2007   Link

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