And when I wake up in the morning
To feel the daybreak on my face
There's a blood that's flowin'
Through the feeling, with a knife
To open up the sky's veins

Some things will never change
They stand there looking backwards
Half unconscious from the pain

They may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling, there is
Something that will never change

And when I should of been gone a long time
Laughs and says, I find ways
Just when we're sheltered under paper
The rockets come at us sideways

Some things will never change
They stand there looking backwards
Half unconscious from the pain

They may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling, there is
Something that'll never change

Hey, I'm blind
Good, fine
Roll the time
On whose dime

And when I wake up in the morning
To feel the daybreak on my face
There's a blood that's flowin'
Through the ceiling, with a knife
To open up the sky's veins

Some things will never change
They stand there looking backwards
Half unconscious from the pain

They may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling, there is
Something that'll never change

Some things will never change
They stand there looking backwards
Half unconscious from the pain

They may seem rearranged
In the backwater swirling, there is
Something that'll never change



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"Backwater" as written by Curtis Mathew Kirkwood

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  • +4
    General Comment:This song is about Curt Kirkwood's heroin use and addiction. A backwater is a body of water on a river which is kept from flowing forwards by the force of a current. The imagery of "the backwater swirling" is a metaphor Curt uses to describe how his drug abuse affects him; the river represents his life's path, the current holding back the river represents heroin, and the backwater that the current creates represents how heroin has his life in a repetitive, "swirling" cycle (At the height of his addiction, Curt would only leave his house to obtain more drugs). Thus, the lines "in the backwater swirling, there is something that'll never change" is Curt's enigmatic way of admitting his heroin addiction.

    The lyrics in the bridge describe how he feels about his drug abuse:
    "Hey, I'm blind, good, fine" describes how he feels about heroin when he's high, as if to say "I'm high now, everything's OK."
    "Roll the time, on who's dime?" describes how he feels about heroin when he's sober. The words "on who's dime?" refers to the financial burden he suffers from his abuse.

    The first verse mentions a "knife to open up the sky's veins", also a possible heroin reference.

    This is an amazing song with beautiful lyrics, but people overlook the fact that its about heroin abuse.
    chinkquentacoon March 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:My apologies, this might be a little vulgar, but
    does anyone else think it's about someone having a massive BM in the morning?

    "Some things will never change
    They just stand there looking backwards
    Half-unconsious from the pain
    They may seem rearranged
    In the backwater swirling
    There is something that'll never change"
    abstractarton August 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:ahhh yyy arent there any comments on the meat puppets. this is horrible.annddd theres only like 5 songs.
    floppyon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:yeah i know they fucking rule
    el scorcho9on October 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:yeah they do fucking rule, i wish we could put up lyrics our selves
    oldblackshoeon May 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:you can put up lyrics. I am gonig to add some now. SAM
    slave670on May 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:omg nirvana and these guys are soooo dope
    endo108on July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yup, a great band indeed. But I actualy think the lyrics in the 3rd last stanza are a bit off. I think they go 'There's a blood thats flowing in the ceiling'.
    Black_Stripe_Redon June 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Sorry, I meant 'through the ceiling'.
    Black_Stripe_Redon June 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yeah, you're right about that line.
    I just recently started listening to this band... they're underrated, they're amazing!
    As for the song's meaning... I don't really know what the song's about... haven't thought about it, but it seems a bit abstract to me.
    Eliminationon February 23, 2006   Link

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