"Only The Ocean" as written by and Adam Topol Zachary Dylan Gill....
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    General CommentI really, really love this song.

    I've always thought of it as a love song from Jack Johnson to the ocean.

    The ocean calls to him and pulls him in.....snd he needs to go to it. When he's there, all of his stress goes away and he can be free, let go and relax.

    The ocean doesn't love, hate, want or wait...I take that as the ocean doesn't judge or need from anything from him. When the world has given him too much to handle, JJ can go the ocean and just 'be'.

    This song reminds me of the quote from Jacques Cousteau, "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever"
    ash10on August 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFirst :) really great song!... i still prefer Sleep Through the Static though. what a surfer :)
    sbenon June 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI really wish there was more comments on this song. It was one that grabbed me. To me it seem to be about a suicide of someone that realy didn't feel or live "to go to the water for a reason" and "when this world is too much it will be only the ocean and me" followed up by "I'm finally free."

    I maybe totally off base but wanted to but more out there than the I love this song.

    How many times do we find ourselves invovled with some (friendships, relationships, etc) where we don't feel like we matter yet we are pulled in to their lives. I've noticed I'm being pulled to the water (I'm an Aquarius) and Mr. Johnson's songs of the ocean feel like home.
    Disaster Chickon July 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's about someone leaving you. After being with someone for such a long time, they decided to end it. All of these lines (Memories) will be erased and go away, but won't be lost (Go Out with Tide), but won't be the same anymore.

    Later when you realize she's gone, it'll be the "Ocean and Me".

    A lot of loop holes, but JJ wouldn't sing a song about suicide??
    MWV85on July 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commentmaybe its on more of a simple and relaxed level. maybe its just about how all of the things going on in the world, personal problems, etc, can be forgotten when its "only the ocean and you"

    just a though :) great song
    buckj32on August 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason when I first heard this I just automatically assumed it was about his father (a former surfer) who passed away. It would explain the going out to the water and the lines like "you don't love but you don't hate" and his own reflection of going out to the ocean eventually - "When this world is too much / It will be / Only the ocean and me"

    I really like it nonetheless.
    wand3rluston August 17, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti agree with wand3rlust. he did dedicate this album to his father.
    frumstickon September 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as less morbid than many. For me, he feels like the ocean is a place you can go when you're fed up with the world. It's equal, doesn't discriminate and just washes around you
    robbiebubleon December 26, 2010   Link
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    General Commentor what ash10 said :)
    robbiebubleon December 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about when life gets kinda hard for him, he can take a board and go to the ocean to just surf and relax. Where his worries fade and he just focuses on surfing. And he feels free when he is on a wave.
    susannabananacabanaon January 02, 2011   Link

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