"Water Landing" as written by and Stephan Jenkins....
When will I start to learn
I'm bleeding in this game
Cause she uses boys like bandages
But the wounds remain the same
And I hope you find it through this endless wandering
I'm missing you for so long
You're a question mark and a scar
You twist me up like a tourniquet
Till I don't know who we are
Chasing after you won't change a thing
And I hope you make it through this endless wandering
Change everything I know, but she won't let me come
And she won't let me go
Let me come inside

I was late and my face was wet, toe up on a private jet
Spiraling down with a cigarette, where we going now cause I forget
Cause I gotta get it all but it takes a toll
Well I guess you'll have to grow a soul
Dark side giving me such a pull, such a pull and if its a
Water landing
Then its a water landing

Put on your life vest only if told to do so
Well I'm telling you now
Strap it across your chest
Prepare yourself for impending death
You and me are nose-diving
At the speed of whiplash, life passes by
In an endless plane crash
Muffled I love you through an oxygen mask
On my face, brace, brace
And the cabin erupts with religious conversions
God's sick joke as we lose the engines
Some people scream and some people are gracious
And the reason's the same
Cause the sky outside is so spacious
So if it's a water landing
Then it's a water landing
And it's coming inside


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"Water Landing" as written by Stephan Jenkins

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    General CommentThe water landing reference immediately struck me as an example of survival in the face of impending destruction. The relationship was headed for disaster, and he thought they were going down for sure. The line about "the sky outside, so spacious" reminds me of those surreal moments when there is chaos all around you, but if you take a step back and look at the big picture, you realize how small and insignificant you are. I think the contrast of "some people scream, some people are gracious" is about how differently people might react to the inevitable end to their relationship. Some will fight, some will draw away from arguments... but the reason's the same.

    The water landing is still a landing. They made it... they survived... but it's not over yet, the water's coming inside and they still have a long way to go if they want to make it out.

    What do you think?
    -C
    louiedog98on September 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is by far one of the best 3EB songs, ever.
    Though early demos of "Water Landing" sound like "Break Me," with the catchy chorus "You're not gonna take me, open up and break me over *inside*".... All that's left for the Ursa Major version is the "inside" part. Fortunately, this is a fair trade for the epic ending build about strapping on life-vests and visions of spacious wonder from the the windows of a crashing plane.

    More interesting is that, according to Wikipedia, "water landing" is also used as a euphemism deadly crash. Obvious yes, but applicable to lyrical meaning hear because Stephan Jenkins often fashions tracks with double meanings and deeper insight.

    What does this song mean to me?
    Too many people are unwilling to take a moment tell a person how important they are and what they mean to them until it's too late and all that's left is a "Muffled I love you through an oxygen mask."

    I messaged SJ himself, his quote:
    "don't you ever feel that anxiety flying and then realize your life is one big plane crash?"


    So where's your parachute?

    Cheers, Jamskool
    jamskoolon August 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd I'm missing you for so long
    You're a question mark and a scar


    These are the most powerful Lyrics I have heard in a long time, they struck me like a lightning bolt the first time I heard the song, gave me shivers.

    It's like Stephan took every girl that every crushed a guys heart and made him wonder "What if?" for the rest of his life and put all those messed up feelings in two short phrases.

    I've been a huge 3EB fan since the very begining. Thank Stephan for all your amazing music.
    shoedog81on February 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think he's starting to realize that her actions are hurting him (since he seems dispensable to her). I think he truly cares for this girl, and to some extent, maybe she does too. But she doesn't show it in the same way because she's stuck carrying her wounds (whether from the past or from turbulence in their relationship).
    "When will I start to learn
    I'm bleeding in this game
    Cause she uses boys like bandages
    But the wounds remain the same"
    At this moment she has decided to leave him and venture out to other places. Due to her absence, he misses her deeply and longs for her... she has become a question mark and a scar.
    "And I hope you find it through this endless wandering
    I'm missing you for so long
    You're a question mark and a scar"
    He feels pain inside, almost as if his guts have been ripped apart. He wants to go after her, yet he knows it won't change a thing this time around. She doesn't want him to go where she is, but at the same time-- doesn't want to let him go. He's stuck in some sort of limbo now, not knowing what's happening in their relationship.
    "You twist me up like a tourniquet
    Till I don't know who we are
    Chasing after you won't change a thing
    And I hope you make it through this endless wandering
    Change everything I know, but she won't let me come
    And she won't let me go
    Let me come inside"
    This refers back to him not knowing where his relationship is going. Due to this, he can barely sleep, suffers from anxiety, and possibly medicates with substances.
    "I was late and my face was wet, toe up on a private jet
    Spiraling down with a cigarette, where we going now cause I forget
    Cause I gotta get it all but it takes a toll"
    He feels dead inside... hence, wanting to grow a soul. The dark side is all the negative feelings he's feeling from her abandoning him. The interesting part here is that (water landing) refers to a term called "ditching" (which is when an aircraft that is not designed to land on water must make an emergency landing)
    "Well I guess you'll have to grow a soul
    Dark side giving me such a pull, such a pull and if its a
    Water landing
    Then its a water landing"
    The feeling of abandonment he feels is expressed metaphorically with a plane crash. He's still holding onto her and hopes she is as well. At this point, I can speculate that perhaps she had a flight to catch and called him up, only to express a "muffled I love you" on the phone. This last conversation before her departure causes intense feelings between them both, but it's a situation that could either be dealt with graciously or with yelling.
    I feel that he's praying to God in some sense or another and leaving it up to a greater "source". So if she's ditching him, then so be it. Because he will deal with everything that comes after accordingly. Their relationship may survive this disaster but only time will tell.
    "Put on your life vest only if told to do so
    Well I'm telling you now
    Strap it across your chest
    Prepare yourself for impending death
    You and me are nose-diving
    At the speed of whiplash, life passes by
    In an endless plane crash
    Muffled I love you through an oxygen mask
    On my face, brace, brace
    And the cabin erupts with religious conversions
    God's sick joke as we lose the engines
    Some people scream and some people are gracious
    And the reason's the same
    Cause the sky outside is so spacious
    So if it's a water landing
    Then it's a water landing
    And it's coming inside"
    Ttimeany1on August 15, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe bridge on this song is my favorite of any Third Eye Blind. Love the way the energy builds up. Overall just another classic from 3EB. And love the metaphor in this song.

    Obviously the first verse is about a woman.
    The next part, "Let me come inside", i'm not quite sure what is exactly meant in this phrase, or who the speaker is meant to be in this incident.. could be Stephan envisioning himself as the water coming inside of a plane crash, like the last part of the song (of course with the water being used as a metaphor for disaster).

    The rest of the song is pretty self-explanatory I think.
    Love the message of this song:

    So if it's a
    Water Landing
    Then it's a
    Water Landing

    Sort of an outlook like, "hey if there's a disaster, there's a disaster." Not too big of a deal, you can't do anything to change the fact. You gotta live with it.
    this glass houseon August 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is referring to a girl who goes through guys quickly and never lets anyone break down her walls (I can relate!) and I think the song is saying that it takes something as tramatic as an impending plane crash to break down her walls and get her to say the deep down heartfelt feelings like "I love you." And as usual, with all of 3eb songs, there's always double meaning to the lyrics, so at the end for example, "It's coming inside" refers literally to the water rushing in and metaphorically to him finally breaking down her walls and getting inside her. With a side of sexual meaning as well (I remember Deep Inside of You)
    linds569on August 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Cause she uses boys like bandages
    But the wounds remain the same"

    love this line so much
    sloppyloveon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great on so many different levels. Musically, lyrically, interpretively, it's just an amazing song. I wasn't a huge 3EB fan but Ursa Major, and specifically this song, has definitely got me listening to them a lot more.

    @jamskool: Completely agree with your interpretation.
    @sloppylove: That's my favorite line!
    Krylonon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo if it's a
    Water Landing
    Then it's a
    Water Landing


    I agree to the notion that it's about holding in feelings and not telling them until there's something big happening but also to the verse above:

    I think it could also be if you tell someone how you feel and it's a water landing, them not feeling the same (disaster), then it's a water landing.
    dbadasson September 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationHe's in love with a girl who he thought was in love with him
    But for whatever reason she leaves him, which he never knows (question mark and a scar), and moved on
    It is painful for him to watch her go from guy to guy and never be as happy as he thought
    she was with him
    (Cause she uses boys like bandages But the wounds remain the same)

    He doesn't keep trying to get her because he knows it has to be her decision, and possibly out of his own pride, refuses to chase
    (chasing after you won't change a thing)

    but they stay in contact because
    they need each other in their lives, but for different reasons
    (she won't let me come, she won't let me go)

    He probably feels like it would be easier to let her go if she found someone that made her happy
    (And I hope you find it through this endless wandering)
    because all he ever wanted to do was make her happy


    The next part describes the weight of this all getting to him
    He's late, possibly overcome with anxiety [I was late and my face was wet]
    And using alcohol or drugs to deal with it [toe-up], spending time alone [private jet]
    And he knows it's bad for him and sees it happening but doesn't know how, or maybe doesn't want to stop it because realizing he can't have her is worse than dying [And I gotta get it all but it takes a toll
    Well I guess you'll have to grow a soul
    Dark side giving me such a pull]

    The whole water landing metaphor is basically saying I can't hold it in anymore and I'm riding this feeling until it crashes
    possibly a mental breakdown
    He's going to give a last ditch effort to get her, but he doesn't know if the crash will kill him yet, because everyone reacts differently to the same situation [Some people scream, some people are gracious]
    Maybe she will decide he is the one for her after all and she [Put on your life vest, an oxygen mask] will be what lets him survive the crash
    Although he says [prepare yourself for impending death] he does provide hope by using the life vest and oxygen in case he survives this
    he is also probably praying to god that she changes her mind [And the cabin erupts with religious conversions] when maybe he didn't believe in god before, so it's ironic

    the song doesn't really tell us the outcome explicitly, unless you are pessimistic and take the sign of the water coming in as death
    but for the optimistic, we can just wonder if he got out before he drowned

    whatchawant17on October 01, 2009   Link

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