Tonight I find it hard to sleep
Each sound and squeak I hear
Keeps me staring at the ceiling

Oh it's dark as night outside
And I can't stand
The quiet that it brings me

And I've got too much on my mind
I think it's time to take a drive
And leave it all behind

I've got a song that's halfway there
I think it needs the ocean air
I'm gonna grab my guitar
And get in my car

Oh, I need some understanding
I need a little love
Gonna speed down to the Oceanside
In a race with the stars above

With my guitar in hand
And toes touching the sand
I can see the sun is coming in

Colors fill and crack the sky
With purple, silver, and golden light
Drawing the day from night

On the shoreline a fisherman
With bait on his line and a rod in his hand
Is ready to greet the day

He turns around to notice me
And the two of us are patiently
Waiting for the sun's rays

Oh, I just need some understanding
And a little love
And somehow I am thinking now
I can get what i've been dreaming of

But this fisherman is closing in
I think he could be crazy
He says:
"Would you ride with me?"
"Oh, I could use the company"
"I've got a fish to catch and you have got a song to sing"

His eyes were anchors as the boat would sway
What would you like to say?
You have my attention
I see you came out here to write your song
But you don't have too long
So show me what you're workin' with

I'd like to give you just a little somethin'
And you may think it's nothing on first listen
In the time it takes for you to make love
You can break love
Waste love
And throw it all away

But all you need is faith
And hope will bring a brighter day
And every time that you love
Let it lift someone else up

If someone tries to burn you
Give him your hand and turn and pick him up
When he's all alone

Now if you find yourself getting frustrated
Try not to get too jaded or
You could go insane, like me

I tell you man you must be crazy
Or am I always lazy when it comes to love?
With every failure and turning tide
I toss the boomerang
But Ah, it never comes back to me

Have some faith you say
And hope will find its way?
Well I doubt what you're sure of
When it seems to me the greatest of these is love
But it's so hard to love

Well, we were sitting on his boat
Our backs to each other
He was giving me a little time
And all that he said
Was hurting my head
Wonderin' how to leave the selfishness behind

All that I could say is
"it's so hard to love... the way that you want me to"

I stepped off the boat and thanked the man
Not sure what I was thankful for
When I turned back around to see him again
He was already gone

Walking back from the water to my guitar
That's when the light came on
I knew what he was talking 'bout
I know how to finish my song

Oh, I just need some understanding,
I need a little love
And I want to sing my song to somebody who doubts what they're made of

Oh, we all need some understanding
We all need love!

We all need love!


Lyrics submitted by tennisplyr3515

The Fisherman Song (We All Need Love) song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentIncredible song, one of Mae's all time best.
    The Resistanceon May 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song is Mae's equivilent to Relient K's "deathbed" :)

    amazing!
    r1ngoon May 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the lyric "the greatest of things is love" has to be "the greatest of these is love", especially after he mentions "faith" and "hope" earlier in the stanza. It's Biblical, from Corinthians I think.
    Teraviuson June 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me like the fisherman is Jesus. In the Bible, he isn't a fisherman, but several of his disciples are.

    Multiple times in the Bible Jesus is associated with fishing: After a period of unsuccessful fishing, he tells his disciples to cast their nets on the other side of the boat and they immediately catch more fish than they can haul in. He also tells his disciples to be "fishers of men" (to teach nonbelievers about him so that they can be saved and go to heaven). Today a fish commonly symbolizes Christianity.

    I can't think of anything that directly points to Jesus as an actual fisherman, but it definitely fits the song because the singer goes to the fisherman and is told to love and have faith.
    SwimmingInSunDropon September 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere is this song from?
    Floellon April 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's from the new (m)orning EP. It's 8 and a half minutes long, and is very good. The rhythm is constantly changing, so even though the song goes on forever it doesn't feel that long.

    I think this song is about being kind to everyone, including people who aren't kind to you. I'm not sure though, the lyrics kind of confuse me. It's a different style for Mae.
    TheGreatExpressionon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentok for this part:
    "And I want to sing this song to somebody
    Who does what they're made of"

    It sounds a lot like "And I want to sing this song to somebody who desperately needs love"

    I thought I'd get some input from people before changing it.
    tennisplyr3515on May 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's been a long time since I loved a mae song quite this much.
    this song is magic for me.

    "In the time it takes for you to make love
    You can break love
    Waste love
    And throw it all away"

    so beautiful.
    SecretConvictionon June 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk I've read through the lyric booklet and fixed up some parts so now the lyrics should all be correct.
    tennisplyr3515on August 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti so agree with swimminginsundrop. coeerect me if im wrong, after Jesus' death he appeared to his diciples while they were fishing and they didnt recognize jesus. kind of like in the song where the singer didnt know who the fisherman was. and then the singer turned back around to notice the fisherman was gone.
    queenofthecourt38on January 03, 2010   Link

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