"Riverwide" as written by and Sheryl Crow....
I spent a year in the mouth of a whale with a flame and a book of signs
You'll never know how hard I've failed trying to make up for lost time
Once I believed in things unseen I was blinded by the dark
Out of the multitude to me he came and broke my heart

When the dust in the fields has flown
And the youngest of hearts has grown
And you doubt you will ever be free
Honey don't bail on me

River is wide and oh so deep and it winds and winds around
I dream we're happy in my sleep, floating down and down and down
And the tide rushes by where we stand
And the earth underneath turns to sand

And we're waiting for someone to see
Honey, don't bail on me
Tell Ma I loved a man even though I turned and ran
Lovely and fine, I could've been, laying down in the palm of his hand

Laying down in the palm of his hand
Laying down in the palm of his hand
Staying down in the palm of his hand
In the morning you wait for the sun

And secretly hope it won't come
But time washes everything clean
Honey, now don't bail on me
Don't bail on me

No, don't bail on me

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"Riverwide" as written by Sheryl Crow

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    General Commentwow I can't believe there's no comments on this, I think it's my favourite sheryl crow song. But i guess describing the meaning behind it is pretty hard. i guess like all good songs it's about love, it seems to be about how she fights for a relationship to work, is desperate for that someone to be there for her. but in the end perhaps ends up pushing him away? anyways, I love this song, and sometimes it's better not to read to much into these things, just enjoy it.
    blue-eyed-kelpieon December 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favourite Sheryl song, too. The instrumental version is especially HOT!
    In the The Globe Sessions EPK she says this song wrote itself...and that even to this day she doesn't know what it means, but it is about struggling, definitely.
    I became enamoured of this song right away when I listened to it, back in 1998. I was 13 years old and I didn't speak any English, but playing this song in a boombox, at 3 am, in the beach, and the sea making choruses for this song... wow. Magical experience.
    Nowadays, I have applied this song to describe very shitty days and state of minds...when your job sucks, you're broke, your love life is in the mud, etc. and yet, there is someone you love, but are afraid to "infect" with your shitty life, maybe because you feel you don't deserve them...
    Brilliant song.
    stentorianon February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this is an beautiful, truthful, exceptional song. Although I don't particurlarly agree with the other postings...

    In my opinion, the underlying meaning speaks of: Fear; Being overwhelmed; Giving up an IDEA of what something is once you begin to understand the TRUTH of what it REALLY is and can only be seen retrospectively, then finding the strength to find a way out and the courage to start again. (lovely and fine I could have been...)

    Feeling week, fearful and alone longing for security.

    It’s about living with the choices that we make and the pain that comes from them and trusting yourself even after we have made an error in judgment and/or perception.

    It also deals with the way that we are perceived by others after we 'fail'.
    moeheadon July 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI also love this song. One of my favorites by Sheryl, I must say.

    I think the song's about a woman struggling from her filthy past, and wanting someone or something to come clear it out, but all she has is the countryside. Haha, I don't know. That's my point of view, this song is pretty hard to decipher.
    collinhaion March 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is the ONLY sheryl crow song I like. It's genius. But I have to totally disagree with the other reviewers (other than moehead). It always struck me as a very literal song. Even the whale bit. To me it is the speaker knowing what the "good" choices in life are. What people expect her/him to do. eg-immersing yourself in religion (I'm pretty sure the whale bit is a story in the bible), or marrying the "right" man, but having the strengths to chose the other. Knowing that being "lovely and fine" meant "being in the palm of his hand" and that being in a whale with the signs means a lot of wasted time.
    I love songs like this cause there are so many ways for people to interpret them. That's cool! To me though this song is about freedom and wisdom and not waiting for anyone but to go towards what makes you happy.
    conejitoasesinoon January 05, 2010   Link

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