"Mountain and the Sea" as written by and Ingrid Michaelson....
You call me a mountain
And I call you the sea
I'll stand tall and certain
And watch you swallow me

You can move me if you want to
You can move a mountain, you can move a mountain
You can move me if you want to
You can move everything, you can move everything

I will grow my own trees
While you follow the moon
I feel you in my knees
Say you'll come in soon

You can move me if you want to
You can move a mountain, you can move a mountain
You can move me if you want to
You can move everything, you can move everything

But then one day you'll go away, but I will too
But until then, oh my darling friend, well I will hold
Yes I will hold, yes I will hold
Yes I will hold on to you

You can move me if you want to
You can move a mountain, you can move a mountain
You can move me if you want to
You can move everything, you can move everything


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"Mountain and the Sea" as written by Ingrid Michaelson

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    My InterpretationI'm surprised that nobody mentioned the sexual connotations in the lyrics. At least to me, I definitely get a sexual vibe, especially from the lines:

    And watch you swallow me
    ...
    I feel you in my knees
    Say you'll come in soon

    Seems a little explicit to me.. about getting lost in love/lust in the moment. But not necessarily in an uncaring way..
    snowmatton April 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commentoh my gosh, I love Ingrid's newest cd! This song is great. The meaning is really obvious but the imagery is fantastic! whoever this is about, she sure has feelings for this guy. It probably isn't working out, plus he's leaving
    "Then one day, you'll go away,
    but I will too.
    But until then, oh, my darling friend,
    well I will hold,
    yes I will hold,
    yes I will hold,
    yes I will hold on to you."
    He may be leaving, but her feelings aren't going to change anytime soon. I think it's like she's leaving the ball in his court. like they may not have a relationship going on right now, but certainly if he gave her the word, he'd move her mountain in a heartbeat.
    What an amazing song.
    negativenannon February 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI actually think this song is more about being in a relationship with someone where they both hold their own. She being a mountain and he being the sea. Two very very strong things coming together. But even though she's very strong and does her own thing, when he leaves, she wants to follow, but is not certain he wants her to and needs that assurance. She knows he has to go away but intends on holding onto him until he does and at the same time she also realizes she really should continue to hold her own, go away and be her own person without him. Even still she wants him tell her to stay with him. This is so amazingly touching for me right now, because I am in an identical situation. I just love it.
    katiekaton March 02, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI'm gonna put all the ideas I read together.

    I'd say just like 'katiekat' said, she's her own person.
    She's individual, likes to do her own thing and wouldn't change for anyone, like a mountain. But he is the opposite, he is easy-going or 'easy-flowing', like the sea.
    But when she says..
    "I will grow my own trees
    While you follow the moon"
    It means that they both have different opinions on what they wanna do either in a situation or life in general.

    She then says
    "I'll stand tall and certain
    And watch you swallow me"
    This just means she's too independent to fall in love so she won't let it show. Even if he's sucking her in, making her fall for him.

    She is so stuck in her own ways she wouldn't change for anyone.
    But this person is an exception.. this person can change the impossible.
    Hence the metaphor..
    "You can move me if you want to
    You can move a mountain
    You can move a mountain
    You can move me if you want to
    You can move everything
    You can move everything"


    Then she says..
    "But then one day, you'll go away, but I will, too
    But until then, my darling friend, well, I will hold
    Yes, I will hold, yes, I will hold,
    Yes, I will hold on to you"
    This is just her saying she knows there's a possibility you'll leave soon or eventually but even if you do, my feelings for you aren't changing anytime soon.

    I only think this is the story because my best friend is in a really similar situation.
    Anonymous5on July 24, 2010   Link

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