"Will There Be Enough Water?" as written by and Jack White Dean Fertita....
Will there be enough water?
When my ship comes in
Water, when my ship comes in
Will there be water?
When my ship comes in

When I said sail,
Will there be enough wind?
When I said sail,
Will there be enough wind?
When I said sail,
Will there be enough wind?
Cool water
Oh cool wind

Just because you caught me,
Does that make it a sin?
Yeah, just because you caught me,
Does that make it a sin?

Just because you
Cool water
Yeah and that cool wind

Enough water
When my ship comes in
Be enough water
When my ship comes in

When I said sail,
Will there be enough wind?
Oh cool water
Yeah and that cool wind

Just because you caught me,
Does that make it a sin?
Just because you caught me,
Does that make it a sin?

Will there be enough water?
When my ship comes in
Water when my ship comes in
Will there be water?
When my ship comes in


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"Will There Be Enough Water?" as written by Jack White Dean Fertita

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    General CommentI think this is someone questioning their future, asking if there will be enough to get him sailing through life (of opportunity or luck) when his time comes.

    But yes, when performed live, seems to turn audio-sex.
    VortexOfLanguageon August 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWe know Jack White was raised Roman Catholic and almost went into the seminary to become a priest. So, my understanding of the lyrics go back to Catholic teachings.

    “Will there be enough water when my ship comes in?”

    >> Water can mean spiritual cleansing with acceptance and forgiveness from God. Similar to how we are baptized in holy water when we’re born in original sin, the same goes for after death. Meaning when he dies (When his ship comes in), will there be enough forgiveness (water) from God to forgive him his sins.

    Which leads to…
    “Just because you caught me, does that make it a sin?”

    >> Is it still sinning if nobody noticed (God)? We’re always being watched by God but if we weren’t, would the same things we did be considered sinful?
    brendan111on September 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpretty sweet song. not sure what it means. but it does have this real gritty bluesy natural feel both in the music and in the lyrics. the piano is really hypnotic and jack's guitar is so old time soundin. the lyrics are just really simple which i love. just the wind and the water. i get the image of a man on a small raft/boat in the middle of the ocean in the middle of a storm.
    rockinbilly3on July 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's extremely mysterious though. Do you think that the phrase "Just because you caught me, does that make it a sin?" gives the key to the reste of the song, which is more lyrical and vague ? Then it could say something about men/women relationships I guess
    givemehoneyon August 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit was apparently part of a long 20 minute jam with made up lyrics.

    they took 6 minutes and put it on the album. Alison was surprised because she couldn't remember recording the song.

    i don't think the lyrics are particularly meaningful.

    Sexy as hell when performed live though.
    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen my good times finally get here will i be able to get there?
    When it's time for me to get out or leave will i be able to?

    Just because you caught me, Does that make it a sin?

    All i need is some Cool water And the cool wind


    Damn this is a great, moody, dark, and ohhhh so soulful song. I could jam to this for 20 minutes at a time and start it all over again.
    larryoduncanon January 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI always get the image of a man at a bar, drinking water (Beer). The term water is used instead because it's become just another drink to him. Then I get the feeling he's asking will there be enough to get him by for his reckoning.

    "Will there be enough water,
    When my ship comes in?

    And when I set sail,
    Will there be enough wind?"

    After all this he's asking if it really matters what he's done and that last verse for cool water and cool wind is him starting over with real water and leaving the bar.

    "Just because you caught me,
    Does that make it a sin?

    Cool water
    And the cool wind ."
    ChubbyHuggson January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song makes a lot of sense.
    'When my ship comes in' is a common phrase, as in, when opportunity comes.
    It's basically saying, when my opportunity arises, will I be able to take it? will it get me anywhere?

    I'd love to know the meaning behind the line 'just because you caught me, does that make it a sin?'.
    josephineowlon March 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    MemoryThe song as it is on the album is great. Seeing it preformed live - is by far the best ever. Jack's guitar solos are always amazing. I've been lucky enough to see it three times - once from front row (shot video, put it on youtube) - there are just no words.
    labeano2002on October 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool water. & a cool wind. anything else?
    sloth1974on March 24, 2011   Link

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