"Undertow" as written by Adam L. Schlesinger, Andy Chase and Dominique Durand....
Standing by yourself
High on the hills above the ocean
This is where you'd come to walk with your friends
Strange how it leaves you with no emotion

You can't fight the undertow
Not when you're all alone
You can't fight the undertow
How long 'til you let go?

Taking one step back
Trying to pull yourself together
No matter what you say nothing you do
Can hold back the forces on you forever

You can't fight the undertow
Not when you're all alone
You can't fight the undertow
How long 'til you let go?


Lyrics submitted by fraggles, edited by Quequeg

"Undertow" as written by Andy Chase Adam L. Schlesinger

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    General CommentI think this song is about giving into depression, being submissive in terms of thinking things can change. She's with all her friends but she's alone at the same time and feels empty, numb because she's felt so much for so long. Now she feels nothing and she's drifting with the undertow because the pulling force of the depression on her is inevitable. It's insuperable. Quite a depressing song but still very good.
    procrastinatingbumon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYup, previous comment's about summed this song up.

    At a push this might be my favourite Ivy song. Flows really well.
    Sirius1on April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about emotions in general. It tells us that the undertow (emotions) always drags us along with it, allowing us to make decisions that we later on end up regretting. So you end up trying to make yourself emotionless, but it's simply impossible.
    wheeon June 13, 2009   Link

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