Can you ever see me as you did before
Can you ever see me like you did once more
When I look into your eyes
I can breathe in water
Like you
When you say goodbye
My lungs ache filled with water
'Cause I will always love you


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Sea People Lyrics as written by Francis Eg White Emiliana Torrini

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    the best 1:14 of music i have ever heard.

    laughing_manon July 31, 2009   Link
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    This was one of the first songs I heard by Emiliana, and even though it is very short, it had a huge impact on me. I had been dating a guy that I had had a secret crush on for about 3 years, the summer after my first year of college; after a few months, we decided to break up, knowing that I'd be going back to college far away from home. With that said, I guess I relate this song to my terrible sadness and regret that things couldn't work out. Looking in his eyes after the breakup truly made it hard to breath, knowing that we must go our separate ways, like a choke you might have from drowning and inhaling water. geez, I guess you do never really get over your first love.

    And I don't really know what to say about the title. Anyone?

    ImaginaryLoveon June 14, 2005   Link
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    I think this song is kind of about being in love with a mermaid (sea people). But at the same time it's a metaphor for love in reality. Life, when it's hard, can be a lot like drowning. But when you look into the eyes of your love, you can breathe in water. However, when they say goodbye... your lungs ache filled with water.

    That's just my take on it.

    myimaginarybandon March 11, 2006   Link
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    It feels like what is happening is that she messed up the realtionship by doing something wrong. He is in pain and drowning in his sorrow....when she looks into his eyes, his pain makes her feel guilty for hurting him. When he leaves her she is still filled with the sorrow of hurting him. She still loves him but he cant stay with her for what she has done to him

    micuerpoestatuyoon February 01, 2007   Link
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    Maybe Sea People are people in love.

    For me she's speaking from the outside, the end, of a relationship; perhaps about someone she still loves and would like to be with again ('can you ever see me as you did before?').

    She drowns without that person. She's on the outside of love, no longer a sea person.

    JamieUnicornon December 14, 2008   Link
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    She did something that changed their relationship, not something bad necessarily, but the change meant they could no longer be together.. you know, how sometimes a small little thing can render you incompatible with someone. But feelings are still there and the air is knocked out of you when you realise you can't be with the one you love... you feel like you're drowning with every gasp of air, because your love for that Mr Wrong is so overwhelming and it washes over you like the sea.

    Nayamauson January 20, 2010   Link

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