"Highwater" as written by and Jay Farrar....
Try to face up to the blinding sun
Racing for the final word to come
Facing up, it's hard to stay devout
I can see the sand and it's running out
And it's running out

We quote each other only when we're wrong
We tear out the threads and move along
We can't seem to find common ground
I can see the sand and it's running out

It was only circumstances
But it's the difference
It gets in the way
No race is run in this direction

You can't break even
You can't even quit the game
The current drags to the bottom
A hemorrhage that moves us around

It pulls and beckons in a strong direction
High water forever bringing us down
I can see the sand and it's running out
It's running out

It was only circumstances
But it's the difference
It gets in the way
No race is run in this direction
You can't break even

You can't even quit the game


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"High Water" as written by Jay Farrar

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    General Commentto me this is about inevitability, the narrator is simply counting down to the destruction of this doomed relationship like being trapped in an airtight room as it fills up with water.
    RADIOHEAD999on October 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song, like a much of Farrar's offerings from Anodyne, is about his wanting out of the band. I remember reading an interview with Jeff Tweedy where he remarked that, at the time, he had no clue what the song was about. Then he was really pissed when Farrar quit the band (not unexpectedly) and it dawned on him what the song was about.
    cubbyjoon June 12, 2010   Link

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