Bring on your hunters
Let them bring their dogs
It’s me that you wanted
I’ve been right here all along
Right here all along

You better bring your buckets
We’ve got some dreams to drain
I’ll be at the bottom
I’ve been right here waiting so long
Just waiting so long
Dreams to drain
Put them in a cage
Unlock the pain
And I’ll be here waiting

You fell asleep with the key
All your walls
Mean nothing to me
I know you’ll come back
To set us free

Run my dear son
Until we get to the trees
And then keep on going all the way
We’ve got to get right down to the sea
We’ve got to get to the sea
Oh my dear son
We’ve got to get to the sea

But don’t you touch the water
Don’t you barely breathe
And if you see yourself
Looking back at you
You’re going to have to leave
You’re going to have to leave
I don’t want you to go
But you’ve got to leave

Dreams to drain
Put them in a cage
Unlock the pain
And I’ll be here waiting

You fell asleep with the key
All your walls
Mean nothing to me
I know you’ll come back
You’re going to set us free

I don’t want you to go
But you’ve got to leave
You can always come to me
I’ll give you what you need
Run my dear son
We’ve got to get to the sea



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To The Sea song meanings
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    General Comment:The album 'To The Sea' is dedicated to Jack's father, Jeff Johnson, who I believe died before the production of the album. Many of the songs from this album seem to centre on parenthood and fitting in with people, and I believe this is because Jack was reflecting on his father's death as he wrote the songs.

    I'm not certain about "Bring all your hunters, It's me that you've wanted", but I think he might be referring to death, 'hunting down' either himself? or his father. "I've been here all along" referring perhaps to how he has been on the ‘side of the living’ since birth, as death approaches to take him to whatever is next.

    "Bring all your buckets, we've got some dreams to drain". Is he saying that the death of his father has 'drained his dreams' about what they would do in the future? Is this what death does, 'draining' our dreams and aspirations by taking away the ones we love?

    The chorus is my favourite part of this song, and this is mainly where my interpretation comes from. "Run my dear son, until we get to the trees, then keep on going all the way, we've gotta get right down to the sea". I think this has two interpretations. Firstly, it is a memory of him and his Dad going surfing when Jack was a boy. They leave the house, go past the trees on the way to the beach.

    The second meaning ties in with the theme of death. These lyrics sound to me like commands, coming from a desperate father. I feel this part of the song is a sort of dream, in which Jack’s memory of him and his father going to the beach becomes a run from death itself. In this dream, death is chasing his father. His father starts running to the sea. Jack, panicked by this, doesn’t know what to do. His father tells him where to go: “Run to the sea!” They run past the trees to the sea, like old times, only this time in a dramatic chase with death. Now, they’re at the sea. I believe Jack uses the Sea to mean the ‘afterlife’, or whatever you believe happens after death. His Dad passes into the sea (afterlife), as he can no longer run from death. Jack tries to follow his father, but his father calls back “Don’t touch the water!” It is not Jack’s time to pass over. “If you see yourself looking back at you, you’re gonna have to leave”. Jack is still alive in a physical body, hence he can see himself looking back, due to the reflection in the water. As he can see himself looking back (he is alive), he has to leave, as only spirits (his dead father) can pass over here.

    That’s what I think anyway! You might think it sounds a bit gruesome, but I think it’s a very powerful and emotive way of dealing with death. Basically, this song to me is one of Jack’s early memories of him and his father, corrupted by the knowledge that his father is now dead - and all to a rocking tune. Keep it up, Jack!
    ShakeyBon October 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:“It’s about a father leading his son to a place where he can dive deeper and try to understand himself,” says Johnson. “The ocean is deep so it has that representation of the subconscious in my life.”
    It's from an article on The Music Network. =)
    aprilshoweron January 02, 2011   Link

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