When I was seven
I told my mother
To take me to the bay
And put me on a ship

Silver swordfish, eel electric
I can feel or dream down here

oh oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh oh

If the water should cut my line
If the water should cut my life
If the water should cut my mind
Set me free
I don't care
I want to live in a bathysphere

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

oh oh oh oh oh
oh oh oh oh

If the water should cut my life
If the water should cut my line
If the water should cut my mind
Set me free
I don't care
I want to live in a bathysphere


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    General CommentI really, really love this song... it's so haunting and emotional, and I can't really describe how it makes me feel. I simply can't get enough of it, and it paints a very vivid picture in my head- almost like a fairy tale.
    anemic_knifeprtyon September 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the line "my father said to me, 'but you can't swim' and i've never dreamed of the sea again" it's great how i think everyone can relate to that.
    rockstar001on June 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsmog did this song too...does anyone know who the song was originally by? im just curious.
    technicoloron June 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think the original was by Smog.
    MarsTheStrangeon May 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a Smog song, originally. She dated Bill Callahan for awhile, and covered a few of his songs. (See: Red Apples)
    veisalgiaon February 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPS -- I love Cat Power, but the Smog version of this song is actually a lot better. She really stripped it down.
    veisalgiaon February 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentis it just me with a weird download, or does this track actually have an annoying high pitched electronic noise running throughout the entire song?

    apart from that it's great. i've tried to enjoy this noise as some sort of accompanying instrument, but it's just balls.
    karma suturedon April 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe live at the black cat 1998 version of this song is AMAZING. soulseek it.
    precipitateon December 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so ridiculously amazing
    g0wthefl0won March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI prefer Smog's original, but it's still a good song. And the Cat Power changes to the lyrics are distinct and do add something to it, if only a little more poetry.

    And to karma sutured, yeah, the song does have an electric noise in it. Supposed to bring a science fiction feel to the song, I guess.
    thriggleon August 30, 2007   Link

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