I'm paralysed and things could change for you as well
You're not so bad off now, you can move anything you need
I'm not this way because of an emergency I caused
At seventeen, a guard perched above the chlorine floor
When I saw a hand raise up from just beneath the air
A frantic move for help, I made an instant judgment call
Dive - I arced my feet to dive, I broke the elemental line
To save a child; dive - into the shallow floor
The bottom scraped my palms and compressed my spine
Now I'm paralysed while they just hope to make amends
The family and the kid who faked the drowning incident
I've felt the hand of God and that's the last thing that I felt
At all below my back, I've lost the faith I thought I had


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    General Commentcorrections: ""now i'm paralysed while they just *move* to make amends" ... you know, irony?
    mudflyon June 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis songs holds a superior beauty, at least to me. Its got the chilling aura and morbid tone that makes one sad. You pity the person that its about, and half wonder if its got truth behind it. Regardless Im glad to find artists who ponder some topic aside from romance and drugs.
    haggeron June 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song scares me a lot. The first time I was listening to it, it wasn't really that bad, ya know, typical faint. But then, when i looked at the lyrics, it really started to scare me. It's about a lifeguard, who dives into the pool to save a child that is fake drowning. It really hit home because I am a seventeen year old lifeguard. Pretty freaky shit...
    Joelindsay014662on March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, I realize that my problems aren't as bad as they seem to be. It makes me respect my good health.
    Conrtiston March 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentJoelindsay, the guy isn't a lifeguard.
    He was a regular guy.. that's why it was such a big deal for him to "break the elemental line"...

    Otherwise he would have just been doing his job.
    cerulean caelumon April 27, 2003   Link
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    General Comment..This is such a wonderful song, makes me feel depressed, but you gotta love that synth sound..
    Kittypawon April 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou fucking retard....cerulean caelum....He is too a fucking lifeguard. "at seventeen, a guard perched above the chlorine floor...." think about it you e-tard get a goddamn life. Anyways the song is very beautiful, great techno sound, and mellow. Makes you think......
    potatosalad12on April 29, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing. when i saw them live, they had two large screens in the background with water on them... it was sobering.
    a dream risingon May 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIs there a reason he wrote this song...? or was it just written at random?
    birdface2317on June 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe lifeguards aren't supposed to dive in. That is not how you are trained to jump in....just saying.

    I won't be checking this anymore so if you want to tell me anything send me a pm or an email adsfkahsdf@yahoo.com
    adsfkahsdfon June 15, 2003   Link

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