"Drink The Water" as written by and Jack Johnson....
Drink the water drink it down
This time I know I'm bound
To spit it back up
I didn't want this
Salty substitute, just not going to do
I need some air, if I'm going to live through
This experience reminds me of a clock
That just won't tick

I want to wake up
From this concussion
But my dream is just not done
I'm late again,
It's just one of those
Bad days look outside and
Be careful what you ride
You just might find
That you're out of time
To swim ashore
If I drift long enough
I'll be home

He's got delusions between his ears
Man it takes up too much space
And all that tension between his gears man
He'll never ever leave this place
He's got stones instead of bones
And everybody knows
Ah, man, that can make you real real slow
And if heaven was below
He'd know just where to go
Dive in the ocean
And he'd sink like a stone
And he'd say
It's time to swim ashore
If I drift long enough
I'll be home

Hold on if you can
You're gonna sink faster
Than you can imagine so hold
Hold on if you can
You're gonna sink faster
Than you can imagine so hold

It's just time to swim ashore
If I drift long enough
I'll be home


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"Drink the Water" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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    General Commenti love this song.
    jack is brillant.
    xpictures.in.wordson April 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentUm... well he was an amazing pro surfer at a young age, i think... youngest to be invited to the pipemasters, was it? And then he had a terrible accident where he hit an underwater reef on a fall and cut his head wide open and nearly got killed..... so I'm thinkin' that might have something to do with what this song is about.... at least what inspired it...... anyway, yes, he is brilliant
    jw11on April 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJW11... Yeah, that would be the basic gist of this whole song.
    Rocketpopon August 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Jack Johnson song.
    LullabyBabyon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJW this song is written for that reason, i dont know where the accident occured but its all about how one day during big surf he wiped out and nearly drowned. "Drink the water drink it down This time I know I'm bound To spit it back up I didn't want this Salty substitute".....Jack and Harper are awesome cant wait till June 21st when they play in Philly!!!
    SurfingNJon March 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commentjack johnson is brilliant...this song among many many others....i just cant even explain, i have never related so well to any other artists music so much, just all of his views on politics and the media and environment and everything relates to me. plus his voice is just so great and kind of puts me a peace, it's so mellow and amazing...
    RockOn947on June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you all. He was definitely referring to the accident. He also seemed to talk about the danger of letting fear set in while surfing. You have to believe that you can do it or else, no matter how talented you are, you will fail. For example, in the lyrics "He's got stones instead of bones And everybody knows That can make you real real slow" . Fear immobilizes you. It's like a mind over matter thing.
    ophelia219on April 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits so metaphorical, hes drifting towards home as in a house, in from the ocean, but hes also drifting in unconsisness/death, "going home"
    wilcokidon February 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds like a hangover if iver ever heard of one. but thats just me
    beautifulcowon March 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is very likely as stated by jdub. however it's so well written lyricly that you could adapt it to many meanings. this song is very inspiring to me. when i listen to it the funk kicks my ass into gear. to me its truly an atheist's hymn, uplifting and inspiring. plus its great to play and sing on the guitar to get a positive reaction. jack is well deserving of his fame in a world of contrived pop bands and 'american idols'! and thanks for 'the news' too jack!
    j.enslowon August 24, 2005   Link

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