"Overcome" as written by Edward Joel Kowalczyk, Chad David Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Alan Gracey....
Even now the world is bleedin'
But feelin' just fine all numb
In our castle where we're always free
To choose never free enough
To find I wish somethin' would break
Cause we're runnin' out of time

And I am overcome
I am overcome
Holy water in my lungs
I am overcome

These women in the street
Pullin' out their hair
My master's in the yard givin' light
To the unaware this plastic little place
Is just a step amongst the stairs

And I am overcome
I am overcome
Baby holy water in my lungs
I am overcome

So drive me out out to that open field
Turn the ignition off
And spin around
Your help is here but
I'm parked in this open space
Blockin' the gates of love

I am overcome
I am overcome
Holy water in my lungs
I am overcome

Beautiful drowning
This beautiful drowning
This holy water
This holy water is in my lungs

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"Overcome" as written by Chad David Taylor Chad Alan Gracey

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  • +1
    General Commenti not quite sure but i am thinking that its about being trapped in this ugly world that people hate and in the darkness of it all finding the love of God. he is overcome by the love of God because the earth is so dark and ugly. but still i'm not sure.
    ericasaystoyouon March 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just heard an interview that Ed had on 92.3 WKRX (?) in New York. He said that he had the lyrics for a few years and last year while on tour, he re-edited it based upon things he views on the news (Palestine, school shootings, etc). However, it was definitely written and finalized before 9/11 (1 year to the date, RIP all...). Despite this, for many, as noted above and elsewhere, it has taken on 9/11 connotations. Nevertheless, I think it is a great song.
    jelon September 11, 2002   Link
  • +1

    Man, that is such a "publik" school interpretation.

    It's about "Fortress America" and the dehumanizing aspect of urban life.

    If you don't understand what I mean by that, feel free to ask and I'll explain in further detail.

    That goes for the mods too. I'm sick of you all abusing your priviledges just because you don't "get" something.
    banned 4 no reasonon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJenna's information goes the longest way for me of explaining all the lyrics... I don't know that many Live songs, actually, but from what I've heard, there seems to be an almost ecstatic mystical streak to a lot of them. I think of stuff I read by Jellaludin
    Rumi and St. John of the Cross where the poet dissolves into God, which is a kind of death (holy drowning, maybe?). Lyrics like "the world is bleeding" and "women in the streets pulling out their hair" do evoke the tragedies of the world. It just doesn't make sense to me that, with "holy water" and "beautiful drowning", these are what he's overcome by in this song. Still, the emotional tone is somehow fitting for all sorts of situations, as many here have noted.
    chrisferon August 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think you are all missing the higher meaning. This is about seeing the wrongs in the world, and instead of brushing them aside, helping them, therefore showing your love.

    The "holy water in my lungs" is the breath of life given when you help others in need.
    tallicdethon October 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDrowning under the weight of life, perhaps? It just sounds so mournful and harrowing. Overcome by the despair of life.
    morgana_blueon March 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about drowning under the weight of life. Ed is overcome by the despair of life. That we have it good compared to others.
    the Edgeon March 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the prettiest song I've ever heard. It may be despairing, but it's also undeniably peaceful.
    Skaman2on March 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has taken on a 9.11 theme for me. It totally makes me sad and reminds me of the days just after 9.11. You can download a tribute video that was featured on VH1. Excellent song.

    your help is here
    ELS24on April 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first song I heard off of the new album, and it was released (if I'm correct) right around 9/11. I know the cd came out a few weeks after that. I agree with Els24, this song struck an emmotional chord with me. It brought tears to my eyes, and summed up my feelings on that day into 3 words: I am overcome.
    Divine_madnesson May 24, 2002   Link

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