"Caught By The River" as written by Jimi Goodwin, Andy Williams and Jez Williams....
Son
What have you done?
You're caught by the river
You're coming undone

Life
You know it can't be so easy
But you can't just leave it
Cause you're not in control no more

And you give it all away
Would you give it all away now?
Don't let it come apart
Don't want to see you come apart

Son
What are you doing?
You learned a hard lesson
When you stood by the water

You and I
Were so full of love and hope
Would you give it all up now?
Would you give in just to spite them all?

Cause you give it all away
And you give it all away now
Don't let it come apart
Don't want to see you come apart

Cause you give it all away
And you give it all away now
Don't let it come apart
Don't want to see you come apart

Lay
I lay in the long grass
So many people
So many people pass

Stay
Stay here and lie on back
Get down in the cornfields
Stay till we're caught at last

Give it all away
Give it all away now
Don't let it come apart
Don't want to see you come apart

And you give it all away
Would you give it all away now?
Don't let it come apart
Don't want to see you come apart

Would you give it all away?
Would you give it all away?
Would you give it all away?

Give it all away
Give it all away
Give it all away
Give it all away


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"Caught by the River" as written by Jez Williams Andy Williams

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  • +1
    General CommentI think you make a very good point. It's defenitely supposed to be a message of encouragement to someone, obviously troubled. Possibly depressed and comtemplating suicide. "Stay, stay here and lie on back. Get down in the cornfields. Stay till we're caught at last" Suggests to me they are trying to show this person that there are parts of life worth appreciating.
    Oni13on March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe river may symbolize his emotions/love for others and how he gives it away but he loses control in the process so he is not in touch with himself. His father beckons him to lay in the cornfields until they pass, which symbolizes frutility (be frutile until you die, do not be idly going down the stream of the river). He is showing him an example. I think this is not about suicide nor drug addiction, it does not explicitly state that nor is there an inference to it. It just speaks of a man who is idle and not in control of his life but he gives love and needs to fix something (don't let it come apart). It could be about anything. But I am so tired of hearing songs about drugs. So he needs to be fruitful (meaning no idle, contribute to society) and in the process also love others. But just not one without the other. Its like a man waking up in his 40s realizing he's lived his life for everyone else but himself. And I agree you can't really be in control of life, you can only surrender your plans to God.
    GrungyBeatleon July 09, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song has so much meaning for me its a song with a perfect message for my teenage son , He has gotten in some trouble and has run away , i dont know where he is but i know he will do the right thing , he has too much to lose too "give it all away" David, where ever you are mom loves, you please come home we can fix this, you need to come home to your family , we love you and miss you very much.
    free4nowon October 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentA song about sucide. From a parent and then maybe a loved one in the 5th stanza. "would you give it all way" would you end your life because of some hard times, dont give up because times get rough. Basicly a postive message to a lost soul of sorts.
    DiscoEveon July 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentall agreed. an optimistic song, and SUCH a great tune and intro.
    lemonjellyon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfits in well in the part of the OC.
    I hate to be like every other oc junky out there but i really do love that show and this song fits in perfectly. ryan's a lost soul.. doesn't know where to go. and all of as udden he's introduced to this new world, a new girl, a new friend. and life for even just a few seconds, seems wonderful and easy.
    koolkt85on January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dont think its about sucide, i think its about giving your love away, not your life. Well actually in a way your life, because thats whats happenes when you fall in love.

    But i do agree with the fact that it did fit perfectly in the Oc amazing part, so free and happy. :)
    music*ismyboyfriendon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much. Like I say about a lot of songs, it's really calming and it can have so many meanings.
    jenazababon April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's a bad thing to like this song because you heard it on the O.C. The O.C. has done a lot of great things for those unheard artists that don't get played on the radio.

    I'm tired of all that mainstream rap bullshit. Radio stations need to play more good music like this, a LOT more often, if they do at all. :-\ Which is kinda' why I dont listen to radio at all. (AT ALL!)

    Great song. Nice comments in reference to its connection with suicide, and getting those to have fate in better times for life.
    dmp3on May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a persons struggle w/ a drug addiction, and someones desperate attempts to get them to overcome it. The person in the song is out of control. The addict's life is coming undone and the father, freind...whatever is saying that they need to get out of that lifestyle.
    KINGmiduson February 08, 2006   Link

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