Our love is like water
Pinned down and abused
For being strange
Our love is no other
Than me alone
For me all day
Our love is like water
Pinned down and abused

All over you all over me
The sun the fields the sky
I've often tried to hold the sea
The sun the fields the tide
Pay me now lay me down

Oh yeah

Our love is like water
Pinned down and abused
For being strange
Our love is no other
Than me alone
For me all day
Our love is like angels
Pinned down and abused

All over you all over me
The sun the fields the sky
I've often tried to hold the sea
The sun the fields the tide
Pay me now, lay me down

All over you all over me
Pay me now, lay me down

Our love is like water
Pinned down and abused
For being strange
Our love is no other
Than me alone
Hey hey hey

All over you all over me
The sun the fields the sky
I've often tried to hold the sea
The sun the fields the tide
Pay me now, lay me down, yeah yeah yeah, hey ah oh


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All Over You Lyrics as written by CHAD ALAN GRACEY, CHAD DAVID TAYLOR, EDWARD JOEL KOWALCZYK, PATRICK DAHLHEIMER

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Royalty Network, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +4
    General Comment

    I think this song is actually about Ed's loneliness, "our love is no other than me alone for me all day" which is definately strange. And perhaps he is after someone that he can not allow himself to be with regardless of how bad he wants to be with this person. I think that the chorus suggests that the person that he is infatuated with is his world and his everything who in fantasy, or in his mind tried to convince himself he can hold, "the sea" well that's my own opinion. I think this song is one of the greatest live songs ever, definately a top 20 in my book. I give it 4 out of 5 stars

    spade33_2000on May 15, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This song refers to a relationship with a prostitute. The lyricist faces criticism from his social circle but ultimately has his own fears and insecurities about the relationship.

    "Our love is like water" - this is a standalone verse and does not connect to the next one. It sets the scene and his own emotions about the relationship, namely that it is fluid and elusive. "Pinned down and abused for being strange" - pinned down is an ironic contrast to the previous verse. Although the relationship itself is like water, which cannot be pinned down, society does exactly that by clasifying it, describing it and condemning it.

    "Our love is no other than me alone for me all day" - This describes his own doubts and fears for the signicance of the emotions of both sides. This verse can be interpreted as him doubting the female's feelings for him. Another possibility is that he is recognising that the love that he feels effectively stems from hedonism. He may have strong feelings but their origin makes his involvement effectively a selfish affair.

    The references to nature in the last verse are another reference to the hedonistic nature of the relationship. "I've often tried to hold the sea, the sun, the fields, the tide" - Here he refers to the fact that he's tried to "hold" these feelings and translate them to something else. Of course he cannot as he cannot hold the sea or the tide - again a reference to the elusive nature of the love that he feels.

    "Pay me now, lay me down" - First pay, then lay me down. The order signifies the reality of the relationship.

    songdreameron October 07, 2007   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaning

    The song talks about a love and the whole song refers to her love in all its senses -(All over you all over me)

    The love of both is of a complicated form and can referersi to a relationship where she has distanced herself -(Our love is like water Pinned down and abused For being strange)

    Here in this expression he talks about his love to that person, which is not so reciprocated and implies that He suffers and feels lonely because of his absence. -(Our love is no other Than me alone For me all day)

    And to understand when he finally knows something about the person he says in this sentence -(Pay me now, lay me down) As a claim for all that time that he has waited for her.

    blogerson March 17, 2019   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    i think this song is about a guy in a relationship with a hooker, and although others think its inapropriate he loves her secretly regardless. The sun,feilds,tide verse is refering to how they are able to escape in nature where they are not judged. just what i though anyway...

    SheetsOfEmptyCanvason October 27, 2004   Link
  • +2
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    Wow. I don't agree with anyone else's opinion. Lol. So I thought I'd share mine.

    I think it's about a one-sided relationship in which the singer is the one in love. He's putting in more than he's getting back and it feels like it's pretty much just sexual. Water, like the sun, fields, and sky that are mentioned, is something that can't be held by a person alone and whoever he's with can't be pinned down and kept.

    FixedTargeton December 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    it is the best in the world cause live is the best in the world, i will forever be a live fan!!!

    infinite_angelon March 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i heard its about a gay relationship ed had but im not sure

    dollsteaktestmeaton August 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I always thought it was about a relationship with a prostitute ("pay me now, lay me down"), but the gay relationship could also make sense. Amazing song.

    sein514on June 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    our love is like water, pinned down and abused for being strange: could be gay, could be a prostitute, or anything. There are alot of people in odd relationships...

    Maybe it's a cousin :p

    Neptune2004on November 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I'm sorry but I don't believe the song means any of those things. It feels to me it's the author's love of nature and a recognition that nature is everywhere, and it's inside us, we are made of it, regardless of what we try to do to ourselves. "all over you, all over me, the sun the fields the sky" - to me this has beautiful reference to the power of nature , and how simple air can be the only thing that maintains our lives.

    ming mingon January 05, 2005   Link

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