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I saw you yesterday
Your eyes were the color of something kind of grey
I hear what you say
Please, don't let me go, I've got all these people down below

They rush to talk, they rush to say "man over board
mayday mayday mayday
mayday mayday mayday
troubles are brought back by you
funny how we go down, we go anywhere but to the ground
troulbles are brought back by you
funny how we go down, we go anywhere but to the ground.
yeah yeah yeah yeah

So I hear that you're doing fine
You've flown all those planes that have been on your mind
I don't understand, but I don't need to know
I'll speak to you through this radio


There's a man and he's overboard

Lyrics submitted by dragonflower44

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    General Commentpersonally, i'm going through a harsh breakup... and i am overboard. the problems are there. i seem to be drowning in them.
    redwine183on March 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentive had a death in the family and that makes me think this is about a death. by the way, the lyrics are wrong; when it says "finally i weep", it should be "funny how we". i dont really have an explanation for the death remark, except the line "funny how we, we go down, we go anywhere but to the ground." (when we die our spirits die but are not buried underground). "man overboard" also sounds like death. this song is definetly one of my favorites by dispatch!
    abchak1on June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentanother correction "ill speak to you through this rainy hour" is really "ill speak to you through this radio" you need to study your lyrics, dragonflower44.
    abchak1on June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentbest song dispatch song of all.
    egut521on September 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt reminds me of death too, I've always kinda wanted it played at my funeral or something
    Bibelot373on July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentanother one of my favorites. it is really interesting song its sad but fun to listen to.
    the main character is about to go away on a mission in a war. she doesnt want him to and reminds him of the people that he knows down below.
    mayday is what pilots would say if they were in danger or something like that.
    while hes in the air in his plane he is shot down. while hes going down he talks through the radio
    this song has a great meaning and is all around really good
    armynavy911on November 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me, this song seems to be about someone who is struggling. Their eyes are 'turning grey' and they're 'going down' but we're pleading with him... don't let me go... as in.. hold on, to me if you've got nothing else.

    and then, there's all these people... rushing to say man overboard... rushing to point out your trials and your flaws and everything else tragic and private but...
    funny, we're still here... when we go down... we don't go all the way to the ground... we don't give up
    there's somethign keeping us on our feet.

    and then, well, maybe you' doing fine... but i don't really know anythign about your situation and i won't make assumptions..
    i don't need to know the nitty gritty details... but
    i'm still here... we can still speak... if only through this radio... perhaps through fuzzy conversation.. glances... things that aren't always completely clear or static free but that speak volumes anyway...

    anyway.. maybe i'm way off but thats what i'm getting.

    the chorus reminds me of one of Chad's State Radio songs
    "i'll not give myself to the ground"

    we go anywhere but to the ground....
    DownIsTheNewUpon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit kinda reminds me of a long distance relationship and trying to beat the odds of other people saying that it could never work
    supernukeon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a failing relationship where he's lost "overboard". Every time his girlfriend/ex comes around more troubles occur and people are talking about how he's on the outs. The second verse seems like a while later once he has moved on and has heard in passing that she's doing ok. He still doesn't understand why the relationship didn't work out, but has resigned himself to the fact that it is over and so he will speak to her through this song when she hears it on the radio.
    Bullshazon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its to be taken more literally like army navy was saying
    becket8on June 10, 2007   Link

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