Your love is like finger nails on a chalkboard
Your love is like throwing myself overboard
A breakdown on a motorway
A heart attack on Christmas day
Like scaling a cliff then falling off
Like trying not to cough

And I didn’t see this one coming, now I’m in too deep
I didn’t see this one coming, now I’m in too deep
I think I’ll just keep swimming down, down, down
There’s no point in trying to turn back now

I’m drowned
I’m drowned

Your love is like sand inside a bathing suit
Your love is a symphony with the sound on mute
A letter sent to the wrong address
Or red wine on a wedding dress
Like broken bones in my playing hand
Like trying to swallow sand

Cos I didn’t see this one coming, now I’m in too deep
I didn’t see this one coming, now I’m in too deep
I think I’ll just keep swimming down, down, down
There’s no point in trying to reach dry ground

I’m drowned
I’m drowned

Your love is like one last breath of salty air
Your love is like a map that leads to nowhere
A wine glass on a concrete floor
The overuse of metaphor
The straight ahead in a sideways glance
Like the misstep in a dance

Cos I didn’t see this one coming, now I’m in too deep
I didn’t see this one coming, now I’m in too deep
I think I’ll just keep swimming down
There’s no point in turning round

I’m drowned
I’m drowned


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    General Commenthow has nobody commented this?
    this is amazing. he can do beautiful and funny. he's a genius.
    missileon October 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, it is not Tim Minchin's usual comic style but it is truely one of the most beautiful songs ever written! I think what he is trying to convey is that his love for this woman is one of those infuriatingly frustrating things. Maybe he is saying that he can not get enough of her when he talks about the "symphony on mute" and "last breath of salty air." And when he writes "an overused metaphor" he is saying she cannot be summed up literally, only in metaphors which he tries using too often. But generally he feels he loves her too much, so much he feels he is "drowned" in his love for her. When he sings "there's no point in turning round" and "there's no point trying to find dry land" he is saying he can not even try to stop loving her and he will only keep loving her more. That is my take on it anyways. I know what you mean MISSILE, it is wrong that more people are not listening to this!!! Anyways, thanks for reading this if you got to the end!! lol XxX
    blackrabbit666on August 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYou guys have to tell me if I'm just being a 'broken hearted' cynic but this song almost screams heartbreak at me.. He's comparing love to all these, what I can see, terrible things.

    Finger nails on a chalkboard - horrible
    Throwing myself overboard - giving up
    A breakdown on a motorway - annoying
    A heart attack on Christmas day - tragic
    Like scaling a cliff then falling off - falling off a cliff? How is that not terrible?
    A symphony with the sound on mute - if a symphony is all about the music, the mute makes it pointless
    A letter sent to the wrong address - a waste
    Or red wine on a wedding dress - ruin
    Like broken bones in my playing hand - set back

    I'd actually really like someone to show me the other side of this song, because it really is beautiful.
    aliarrowon November 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with blackrabbit 666.
    i can't listen to this song enough at the moment. I think that it says that he is in some ways annoyed/frustrated by how much he is in love. Maybe he hasn't felt like this before and it is confusing for him. He feels drowned in the love that he feels for this person and feels he cannot turn back because he is 'in too deep'. Possibly this is causing him unhappiness because of this, maybe even he hates the fact he loves this person.
    nortonclarkeon August 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThere are so many songs out there going on about the wonderfulness of being in love but so few that talk really honestly about the intense and often quite disturbing and unpleasant sensations that, that out of control feeling, can have on you. I think this is the only "love song" that has every really spoken to me and told it how it really feels. Tim's honesty and insightfulness, on so many topics, just continually blows me away.

    BTW, this song features in a movie "Two Fists and One Heart" and somebody's put the scene of Tim playing this in a bar up on YouTube.
    stelladessoyon January 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually thought that this song was about how even though this love is bad for him and it's just hurting him, he's in too deep to get out. Like in his song you grew on me, where he says a clean amputation would probably kill him too.

    I thought this meant even though this a painful love, it's still love, and he's in too far to get out cleanly.
    MrBlueon December 11, 2011   Link

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