I'm over the ocean
Over the hills, over the dell
Over the fire line
Over the sand, over the plan
Over the empire
And if I belong, then I'll be longer than expected
And if I'm wrong, the mighty and strong will be rejected

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Over the Ocean Lyrics as written by Mimi J. Parker Al Sparhawk

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    General CommentThis was my first introduction to Low. Personally, I'm not sure that the lyrics have a deeper meaning, but I still look for meaning even though I don't know that it's actually there.

    The only meaning I feel fairly certain of is from the last line: "And if I'm wrong, the mighty and strong will be rejected" has always seemed to be an opposing reference to the Biblical concept of "And the meek shall inherit the earth."
    xaratheruson April 04, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe steady slowness of this song...ever so calming...
    yoshimi_09on April 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wish I knew what this was referring to. The only thing I can think of is that this is from the perspective of someone who's maybe on their way to heaven.
    Lightbluenesson August 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe most beautiful song ever written
    icouldseethedudeon January 22, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThe idea of god is that it is something huge and over all there is, even over the largest thing: the ocean, which is huge and ineffable and full of life. This is from god's perspective, this song. She is so large, he is over the empire....

    And if that idea, of a god over all, can prevail; if it is an idea that "belongs" in the face of all time, then god will be around longer than reason and science. AND god will be used, as always, by those who pursue and conquer and become empire; and by those who remain weak, and meek, in the face of the evil and cruelty that is sometimes a part of life and almost always a sign of power.

    But, if "I am wrong," if the meek shall not inherit the earth by being meek; then, and only then perhaps, will the mighty and strong be rejected and the meek will indeed prevail.

    OR>>>> Maybe the song is about . . . SATAN!
    emergingsynergyon May 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe thoughts of a dying atheist on his way to heaven
    "And if I belong I'll be longer than expected." Meaning if he's able to enter, he'll stay, perhaps.
    "And if I'm wrong, the mighty and strong will be rejected."
    If his beliefs are wrong, and there is a god, and the bible is is his word, then maybe it refers to the meek shall inherit the earth. Just the impression I get when I listen to this song, a soul floating slowly across the sky, mentioning what he sees along the way.
    employeeofthemonthon November 14, 2013   Link

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