"Drowned" as written by and Pete Townshend....
There are men high up there fishing
Haven't seen quite enough of the world
Ooh, I ain't seen a sign of my heroes
And I'm still diving down for pearls

Let me flow into the ocean
Let me get back to the sea
Let me be stormy and let me be calm
Let the tide in, and set me free

I'm flowing under bridges
Then flying through the sky
I'm traveling down cold metal
Just a tear in a baby's eye

Oh, let me flow into the ocean
Oh, let me get back to the sea
Let me be stormy and let me be calm
Let the tide in, and set me free

Set me free
I am not the actor
This can't be the scene
But I am in the water
As far as I can see

Oh, I'm remembering distant memories
Recalling other names
Rippling over canyons
And boiling in the train

Let me flow into the ocean
Let me get back to the sea
Let me be stormy and let me be calm
Let the tide in and set me free
Set me free
Set me free
I wanna drown
In cold water


Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough

"Drowned" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group

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    General CommentThroughout the album, water has been a symbol of the spiritual unity that Jimmy craves. He wants to feel peace within his four personalities, and with other people, hence his strong reliance on being part of a group (mods). The ocean is made up of millions of drops of water to form one body, and Jimmy and his four personalities are like those drops of water.
    Regos the Saneon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is not about suicide, but about grace flowing over Jimmy like the tide.
    babathespider515on July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song was actually inspired by the bands various trips to Brighton.
    chrisjpartridgeon November 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentActually, the song is about a man immersing himself in his love of God. I suppose it can also be interpreted as a man immersing himiself in his love for his woman. Here is the exlplanation from Pete himself, from the liner notes of Quadrophenia:

    "This song, included in Quadrophenia, should actually stand alone. I think in a sense it does. When the tragic hero of Q sings it, it is desperate and nihilistic. In fact, it's a love song, God's love being the ocean and our 'selves' being the drops of water that make it up. Meher Baba said, 'I am the Ocean of Love.' I want to drown in that ocean, the 'drop' will then be an ocean itself. Anyway a tale - when recording this song it rained so hard in Battersea where our studio is that the walls were flowing with sheets of water. Chris Stainton played piano in a booth and when the take was finished he opened the door and about 500 gallons gushed out! Another glorious coincidence. The take on the album is the one."
    StreetSenseon December 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA perfect metaphorical song for baptism, washing your old sins away and being cleansed with the blood of christ, being renewed by the spirit and having your sins washed away................It's a song of redemption.
    BarnabyHugheson October 07, 2015   Link

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