"Don't Ask for the Water" as written by and Ryan Adams....
I hate this old place
And what it represents
And I hate who I was
And who I ended up since
But if you learned how to swim in case you'd drowned
Don't ask her for the water

Cause shell swallow you down
And she's ten miles of peace
And the hardest of nights
And her belfry's got arch
But her rooftops all right
But down here in the sewer
I'm smelling a rat
Don't ask her for the Whiskey

Cause her waters all that
And what horses we rode
Through what somber fields
With our lovers at war
And the dust on their heels
And the infidels screamed its all but a lie
Don't ask her for the water
Cause shell teach you to cry

Don't ask her for the water

Cause shell teach you to cry

And her weapon of choice is a red patterned dress
And a sac full of stones
With her hands on her chest
And a book full of quotes
And a tight fastened lip
Don't ask her for the water
Cause you'll sink like a ship
Don't ask her for the water

Cause you'll sink like a ship


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"Don't Ask For the Water" as written by Ryan Adams

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    General CommentWow, I can't believe no one has commented on this song. It's one of my favorites from the first CD. It seems as though the person he's singing about has possibly hurt him in some way in the past, but he's still willing to be with the individual, even though he knows he's vulnerable to having his heart broken again. I dunno.
    Sum1LsesChpstckon April 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis could be true. Could he also be talking about his time back in North Carolina? " hate this old place
    what it represents
    and i hate who i was
    who i ended up since.....'cause she'll swallow you down
    it's just 10 miles a piece
    and the hardest of nights
    and her bellfries got arch
    but her rooftops alright
    down here in the sewer"
    Boscoboyon December 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti'm totally completely guessing but I think it's about this girl that he digs, but she's left him hurt and scared of love. he tries to be wary of her but inside he knows he'd have her back at all costs. maybe where he is only reminds him of her (I hate this old place) and he hates how he is now because of her (who I ended up since). she may not seem like much in the beginning, a sweet girl with a book of quotes and a pretty red dress but she knows exactly how to bring him down (sack full of stones) with her whiskey and antics. I don't know.

    wtf is a belfry?
    starlitedineron June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDo you think the last verse is referencing Virginia Woolf?

    "and her weapon of choice
    is a red pattern dress
    and a sack full of stones
    with her hands on her chest
    and a book full of quotes
    and a tight fastened lip"

    She killed herself in a river with stones in her pocket...and she was a writer. Not saying the song's about her but this is surely a reference, no?
    missmeon April 14, 2009   Link
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    Song ComparisonWhoa, so I just realized this song is probably a reference to the Howlin' Wolf's "I Asked Her For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)", which was later covered by Lucinda Williams. Not sure if anyone else noticed, but it blew my mind when I did.
    themountainman14on January 16, 2013   Link

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