"Under The Water" as written by Taylor Momsen, Kato Khandwala and Ben Phillips....
Lay my head, under the water
Lay my head, under the sea
Excuse me sir, am I your daughter?
Won't you take me back, take me back and see?
There's not a time, for being younger
And all my friends, are enemies
And if I cried unto my mother
No she wasn't there, she wasn't there for me
Don't let the water drag you down (Don't let the water drag you down)
Don't let the water drag you down
Broken lines, across my mirror
Show my face, all red and bruised
And though I screamed and I screamed, well no one came running

No I wasn't saved, I wasn't safe from you
Don't let the water drag you down (Don't let the water drag you down)
Don't let the water drag you down
Don't let me drown, don't let me drown in the waves, oh
I could be found, I could be what you had saved
Saved, saved, saved

Lay my head, under the water
Aloud I pray, for calmer seas
And when I wake from this dream, with chains all around me
No, I've never been, I've never been free
No, I've never been, I've never been free
No, I've never been, I've never been free


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"Under the Water" as written by Taylor Momsen, Kato Khandwala, Ben Phillips

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this is about how she grew up too fast and she's had enough of her life of fame.

    "don't let the water bring you down"
    don't let the wave of depression that flood over you weigh you down

    "and if i cried unto my mother, she wasn't there for me"
    her mother put herself before her daughter and her needs.

    "broken lines across my mirror show my face all red and bruised"
    i think thi is how she views herself when she looks in the mirror. The broken, insecure, arguably messed up girl who has grown up too fast.

    "and all my friends are enemies:
    her friends have spoken to the press and released embarrassing photos of her when she was younger without her permission.

    "there's not a time for being younger" and "i've never been free" and "i wasn't safe from you"
    she was working since the age of 2, never had a say in her life when she was younger, and never had a real childhood
    lyricgenius31on May 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn my opinion it speaks clearly of a child born from an unintended pregnancy. I can see two versions of the story.

    1st version - Her parents try to kill her, but then give up. Leave her somewhere, after a long time, she is found. She grows up and suffers the pain of being an orphan.
    2nd version - Her parents kill her. All the lines refer to the dead baby thoughts.


    "Lay my head, under the water; Lay my head, under the sea"

    1st & 2nd versions: This line speaks of the moment the parents try to kill the baby. In a deeper interpretation, you can see the innocence of the baby (she tought their parents were only going to give her a bath, and tell them to wash her head).



    "Excuse me sir, am I your daughter?
    Won't you take me back, take me back and see?"

    1st version: The parentes gave up trying to kill the child. She was abandoned and this is what she thinks when someone who was passing finds her.

    2nd version: The child doesn't understand what's going on. She asks her father, who is trying to drown her, if she's not her daughter, and if he can't take her back to the surface of the water, so she can breathe again. In this version, this is when the little girl dies.



    "There's not a time, for being younger; And all my friends, are enemies;
    And if I cried unto my mother; No she wasn't there, she wasn't there for me"

    1st version: The child is alone now. She doesn't have the only ones who were his real friends, which were his parents. That's why she says "And all my friends, are enemies". Their enemies are their parents, because, in the vision of the orphan, the ones who were meant to be his real friends left her. Also speaks about the child pain of don't having a mother.

    2nd version: The baby realizes what happened. The parents were meant to take care of her, but instead, they killed her.



    "Don't let the water drag you down"

    1st version: Somehow she remembers the moment his parents tried to kill her. She's telling herself to try to escape from the water. Or maybe she's telling herself to carry on and don't give up on life. Or maybe both.

    2nd version: Back on the moment of the death - the baby is telling herself to try to escape from the water.



    "Broken lines, across my mirror; Show my face, all red and bruised;
    And though I screamed and I screamed, well no one came running"

    1st version: The pain of the orphan. Shee wonders why their parents left her.
    Maybe she thinks she was not pretty enough ("Broken lines, across my mirror"). Now, again, this line can be about two moments on his life. First, when she was left, though she had screamed, it took long so that someone could listen his crying and find her. Second, when she is already grown, she cries out for someone to help her understand everything, but no one comes.

    2nd version: The baby's autopsy. Mirror means the reflection of her appearance. Her appearance shows that she was beaten. Again, the moment their parents killed her: she screamed for help, but no one helped her.



    "No I wasn't saved, I wasn't safe from you."

    1st version: The orphan remember when her parents tried to kill her.

    2nd version: The baby remembers when her parents killed her.



    "Don't let me drown, don't let me drown in the waves, oh;
    I could be found, I could be what you had saved"

    This is when i think the 2nd version makes more sense ("I could be found").
    In both versions, the baby cries out not to be murdered. In the 1st version, she is saved. In the 2nd one, she is not.



    "Aloud I pray, for calmer seas
    And when I wake from this dream, with chains all around me
    No, I've never been, I've never been free"

    1st & 2nd versions: the orphan/baby prays, hoping that everything is just a dream from where she could never escape, and hopes that when she wakes up, she finds a good family.
    Yeah13on July 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that its about being raped by her father
    "Lay my head, under the water
    Lay my head, under the sea"
    she wants to kill herself
    "Excuse me sir, am I your daughter?
    Won't you take me back, take me back and see?"
    She isn't the same girl she used to be
    "There's not a time, for being younger
    And all my friends, are enemies"
    This kind of thing makes you grow up fast
    "And if I cried unto my mother
    No she wasn't there, she wasn't there for me"
    Her mom didn't care, maybe her father was abusive and her mother was afraid
    "Don't let the water drag you down (Don't let the water drag you down)
    Don't let the water drag you down"
    Don't let the depression get to you, don't kill yourself
    "Broken lines, across my mirror
    Show my face, all red and bruised
    And though I screamed and I screamed, well no one came running"
    It was a violent rape and nobody heard her screams
    "No I wasn't saved, I wasn't safe from you"
    again, no one came to help
    "Don't let the water drag you down (Don't let the water drag you down)
    Don't let the water drag you down
    Don't let me drown, don't let me drown in the waves, oh"
    again, don't let her kill herself
    "I could be found, I could be what you had saved
    Saved, saved, saved"
    She is asking for help
    "Lay my head, under the water
    Aloud I pray, for calmer seas"
    she hopes this will pass
    "And when I wake from this dream, with chains all around me
    No, I've never been, I've never been free
    No, I've never been, I've never been free
    No, I've never been, I've never been free"
    She is never free from the memory of sexual abuse
    Ctenophoraon March 28, 2014   Link

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