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When I was seven
I asked my mother
To trip me to the bay
And put me on a ship
And lower me down
Lower me out of here

Because when I was seven
I wanted to live in a bathysphere

Between coral
Silent eel
Silver swordfish
I can't really feel or dream down here

And if the water should cut my line
And if the water should cut my line
Set me free
And if the water should cut my line
Set me free, I don't mind
I'll be the lost sailor, my home is the sea

When I was seven
My father said to me
"But you can't swim"
And I've never dreamed of the sea again


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    General CommentNot only is this song about dreams being crushed but its also about the serenity of an escape. Somewhere that is not here. "And put me on a ship
    And lower me down
    Lower me out of here"
    I love the haunting tune of this song. It completely seduces me into Smog's world.
    justdrifting101on July 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is bewitching. Have listened to it, like a billion times and it's still fresh and beguiling. The final payoff, after you've been drawn into this underwater world, "My father said to me, 'But you can't swim'" is funny and poignant. Gotta love Bill.
    Beekarryon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a sad little story of the type of repression that we all know so well. The narrator reflects on the beautiful dreams and aspirations he used to have, and then explains why these dreams have been completely destroyed. We can all relate. : (
    maxhirtzon January 14, 2008   Link

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