Where were you when I was lonesome
Locked away in this freezing cold
Someone flying, only stolen,
I can't tell, this night's so old,

I don't want to swim the ocean,
I don't want to fight the tide,
I don't want to swim forever,
When it's cold I'd like to die.

What was that, my sweet sweet nothing
I can't hear you through the fog
If I holler let me go
If I falter let me know

I don't want to swim the ocean,
I don't want to fight the tide,
I don't want to swim forever,
When it's cold I'd like to die.

I don't want to swim forever,
I don't want to fight the tide,
I don't want to swim the ocean,
When it's cold I'd like to die.


Lyrics submitted by Flick

When It's Cold I'd Like to Die Lyrics as written by Mimi Goese Richard Melville Hall

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  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, its so sad, its just like....when you've given up-thats what it means, you didn't mean to, but its happened and now you can't do anything about it
    Flickon May 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSongs like this one make me feel real.
    IWillEatYourBRAINSon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives me goosebumps. It is my favorite early work from Moby. To me this song means that you have tried to reach a goal. You can't seem to achieve your end goal, so you give up. The goal fades away as the song fades too.
    Celtic_FCon April 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWho does the vocals on this? does anyone know....im thinking it sounds like annie lennox thats all
    cistm_konfliqton September 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is from the album "Everything Is Wrong"

    It was also used as the ending credits soundtrack on the Sopranos episode "Join The Club" (where Tony is in the coma)

    I love this song, it's full of regret. And a strong sense of resentment for what the narrator's life has become, providing an end-solution. The narrator lets the listener/reader know that they shouldn't, for a lack of a better phrase, take it personal, especially in the line:
    What was that my sweet sweet nothing?
    I can't hear you through the fog
    If I holler let me go
    If I falter let me know

    The narrator has given up completely, comparing his life to an ocean, and not wanting to swim it any longer...painfully deep.
    brandonsilva82on October 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI picture this song as someone on their deathbed, like on a bed in the hospital. Not suicide. That person is talking to their loved one, sharing their last thoughts. The main theme is that this person doesnt want to fight anymore, when it gets "cold" (meaning, too hard or too painful) they would rather die.

    "If I holler let me go" meaning, if you see me in too much pain, let me die (perhaps referring to not keeping my alive on life support).

    "If I falter let me know" maybe meaning if i lose my nerve to end my life, help me be strong.

    To me its this old guy thats dying in the hospital and his wife is standing next to his bed and hes talking to her. "what was that my sweet sweet nothing? i can't hear you through the fog" meaning hes so far gone to his illness that hes almost on his way out of this life. hes in between both worlds, and is looking back on his life and explaining to his wife that its ok, he doesnt want to go on now, hes ready to die.
    nitaion July 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the title and first two lines make this song's meaning clear and self-explanatory.

    Where were you when I was LONESOME? +
    Locked away with freezing COLD? =
    When It's COLD I'd like to die.

    Life without (reciprocated or perceived) love or humanity, in general, is therefore, not worth the struggle/ fight or will to live.
    srhmon October 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me this song is about depression - kinda obvious but hear me out...

    Extreme fatigue and hopelessness are fundamental to clinical depression and the lines "i don't wanna swim the ocean, fight the tide, swim forever" perfectly capture what I have felt when deeply depressed, i.e. just too tired and too hopeless to live life. Existential capitulation.

    The first two lines make the link between cold and loneliness. So "when it's cold I'd like to die" = being alone and being depressed leads me to think of suicide.

    This song makes me cry because I have felt this way so many times in my life. It makes me feel it all, every intense ache.

    Love to everyone who is touched by this song x
    SteveEdzon June 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me this song is about depression - kinda obvious but hear me out...

    Extreme fatigue and hopelessness are fundamental to clinical depression and the lines "i don't wanna swim the ocean, fight the tide, swim forever" perfectly capture what I have felt when deeply depressed, i.e. just too tired and too hopeless to live life. Existential capitulation.

    The first two lines make the link between cold and loneliness. So "when it's cold I'd like to die" = being alone and being depressed leads me to think of suicide.

    This song makes me cry because I have felt this way so many times in my life. It makes me feel it all, every intense ache.

    Love to everyone who is touched by this song x
    SteveEdzon June 16, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti agree with flick. one of Moby's best underrated works.
    roger wilcoon May 18, 2002   Link

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