Why drink the water from my hand?
Contagious as you think I am
Just tilt my sun towards your domain
Your cup runneth over again

[Chorus]
Don't scream about, don't think aloud
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't worry about, don't speak of doubt
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out

Why follow me to higher ground?
Lost as you swear I am
Don't throw away your basic needs
Ambiance and vanity

[Chorus]

December promise you gave unto me
December whispers of treachery
December clouds are now covering me
December songs no longer I sing

[Chorus]

Don't scream about, don't think aloud
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't worry about, don't speak of doubt
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out



Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"December" as written by Ed Roland

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  • +5
    General Comment:This song has very Christian underpinnings as do many Collective Soul songs (Run, The World I Know, Shine, Simple to name a small sample). "cup runneth over" is a direct quote from Psalm 23:5, he's just playing with context by saying "Your" instead of "My." He also references the common sins of our day: Ambiance and Vanity, our "basic needs." The song is a subtle blend of social commentary in light of Christian ideals. I think you'll fin these guys are no ordinary rock band if you listen to the songs I mentioned. Very good music.
    bytoron January 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:lol...i cant some of you thought it was about a blow job...i live in georgia and my dad,mom, and step dad all knew Ed and his band before they were even called collective soul. One thing i know is that Ed's dad is a preacher and thats why his songs are religious....and a blow job isn't very moving to me, but whatever floats your boat......
    MarcusO.L.P.on January 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:From what I recall, Ed Roland (lead singer/songwriter) was writing about the band's relationship with their former manager Bill Richardson. There was a big lawsuit and court battle shortly after this album (Collective Soul, 1995) was released. Ed felt betrayed by him. The Disciplined Breakdown album's lyrical content had similar influences.
    csoulmanon December 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I don't know. From the lyrics, it seems that the relationship has gone sour, the hatred has settled in, and then all of a sudden the girl has come crawling back to the guy and he can't bring himself to forgive her for everything she did to him.
    shyzerDOTcomon April 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:the lyric "turn your head now baby just spit me out" I believe is a reference to a part of the bible where Christ says your either for me or against me, you cant be in the middle and people who are in the middle makes him sick and he throws them up out his mouth... its basically u dont agree with me, yet u follow me, so its either choose a side or stay in the middle and throw me up...
    JDC_Ghaleonon March 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:When this song first came out, I was with a girl whose parents were very religious and very pushy about it, and that was causing some major friction in our lives. I felt her parents saw me as "that sinner" (both because I am not religious and because we weren't married) rather than as just a person who cared about their daughter. So, that experience really colors my interpretation of the song. No, it's not about a blowjob. For me, it's about the habit of the more fundamentalist Christians of "turning their heads" and "spitting out" anyone who comes into their lives without the required belief in the "December promise" (birth of Christ).

    I'm not sure if that's what the oriiginal intent of the song is, but that's how I think of it.
    lifechildon October 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think the general consensus is way off......Think about it as a CHristian.......WHat happened in December???? Why drink the water from my hand is about Jesus asking for you to forgive yourself of your sins but you can't you only use religion when you need it....Just tilt the sun...Is about all the materials you pocess. Don't scream, think, work and speak refer to ones opposition to religion and spitting out the body of Christ like a communion that you received (the body of christ).....Why follow me to higher ground refers to having your spirit lifted, but why follow if your only looking only to run back to your greed, ambiance and vanity...basically your selfishness......he end refers to the crucifiction of Jesus to sacrifice himself of your sins.
    ANDYMAN63on November 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Once friends, now enemies and the coldness, deceit, and betrayal (December) that becomes evident.
    csoulmanon July 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is amazing, and everyone has heard it, they just don't know it by the band or Title. I agree with Csoulman on the meaning. It's definitly about the demise of a friendship/relationship.
    Emo_ezraliteon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Wow, collective soul is So underrated..
    Yes, i agre with the meaning..
    xArcanumon August 23, 2002   Link

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