Come out come out
No use in hiding
Come now come now
Can you not see?
There's no place here
What were you expecting
Not room for both
Just room for me
So you will lay your arms down
Yes I will call this home

Away away
You have been banished
Your land is gone
And given to me
And here I will spread my wings
Yes I will call this home
What's this you say
You feel a right to remain
Then stay and I will bury you
What's that you say
Your father's spirit still lives in this place
I will silence you

Here's the hitch
Your horse is leaving
Don't miss your boat
It's leaving now
And as you go I will spread my wings
Yes I will call this home
I have no time to justify to you
Fool you're blind, move aside for me
All I can say to you my new neighbor
Is you must move on or I will bury you

Now as I rest my feet by this fire
Those hands once warmed here
I have retired them
I can breathe my own air
I can sleep more soundly
Upon these poor souls
I'll build heaven and call it home
'Cause you're all dead now
I live with my justice
I live with my greedy need
I live with no mercy
I live with my frenzied feeding
I live with my hatred
I live with my jealousy
I live with the notion
That I don't need anyone but me
Don't drink the water
There's blood in the water


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Don't Drink The Water Lyrics as written by David John Matthews

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  • +7
    My Opinion

    The song criticizes the whites for throwing out the Red Indians (real owners of the land) out by force. will be a good idea to use the song as background music during your thanksgiving meals.

    Nazirron November 22, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    This song is about when the colonists came to america and started pushing the Indian's off their land. People were told not to drink the water from streams because there could be blood in it from all the fighting going on.

    historydegree554563on October 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Did you guys know that Alanis Morrisette sings the backing vocals on this song? I saw it live on VH1, and it totally blew me away.

    nietzsche_66on June 03, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Although it can apply to many things and symbolize many things I have to say that I always think of it as a Native American song in particular.

    Especially during live versions when he throws in:

    "This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters"

    near the end. I have heard this a couple times and particularly that I can recall during the live Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds show. And this song is partial to America.

    On another note, blood in the water is just a phrase for people being killed over something like blood diamonds. Blood on your hands. I think it the phrase "blood in the water" is the simplest way to say something much more meaningful.

    limedazzleon February 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I'm native American... Actually onkwehonwe.. which means original people....I think the song means different things to different people.. Depending on their point of view and outlook on life..It gave me the intense feeling of truth being finally told..By a non native..No more sweeping it under the rug. I bet it means something completely different to someone else.

    Deesmoke28on April 07, 2017   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is about when the colonists came to america and started pushing the Indian's off their land. People were told not to drink the water from streams because there could be blood in it from all the fighting going on.

    Genaon November 22, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Just as a side note this song is great for extra credit points in Social Studies class. I've brought the lyrics in to my teacher for 3 years and it always applies to history, be it American, European, African....ect. Besides having a great sound to it

    Lissy Ratzon April 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    actually...once again dave said at his concert in 01' that this song was about the devil, not any colonists, very smart look though gena, i can see where you would think it was about this, but its about satan--

    daveandjackruleon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    okay im so stupid...i mixed this song up with the last stop, gena you are right, I AM A RETARD!

    daveandjackruleon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    hey thanks for the meaning gena! i had no idea what it was about and it actually kinda frightened me..and thanks for the tip lissy ratz! i think im gonna try that!

    LILJCOXon May 12, 2002   Link

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