Don’t chase ghosts, don’t get too close,
Don’t get caught, don’t get spent
Don’t get bought
Don’t sell out, don’t get bent
Don’t fuck your best friend

If everything is just the way it should be
Why am I why am I still hungry
Be like water

Don’t be shy, don’t shut your eyes
Don’t get high
Expand your mind.
Don’t keep in touch, don’t touch yourself
Don’t ever want to be somebody else.

When everything is bad as it can be
Never be, never be angry
Be like water

Must be the answer you want
I’m not your slave
I’m not the one who burnt you out
Fucked you up and put you on
Broke you down

Ask someone else
To be that someone
I can’t be that someone who can
Be like water
Why can’t I be the answer you want?

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  • +2
    General CommentInteresting to mention that although Anorexia is probably not the subject of this song it does fit the theme very well. The author is wondering why "I can never be good enough no matter how hard I try". This is the sort of thinking that permeates the distorted thinking of those with eating disorders. No matter what they try or do, (in their own minds) they are never good enough. If you tell someone with an eating disorder she is beautiful (with utter honesty in your words) he/she will be irrationally convinced of your insincerity.

    I agree with the "simplicity" interpretation. That water represents something with a smooth flow and "easy going". Where the water parts, it later becomes part of a larger whole once again once its passed its obstacles. She's wondering why if she tries so hard to be a good person she doesn't feel as if she's finally become whole.
    asortofdreamon January 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalright, chill out, the only reason i thought it was about anorexia is because these are all of the thoughts that go through your head. if everything else is perfect then why am i still starving myself? why am i not perfect?
    ummmmm47on August 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthow on earth are there no comments on this song? It is definitely one of the most amazing pieces of work i have ever heard, from one of the most amazing artists.
    paper_hearts13on November 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i know, this song really is amazing as are the lyrics. at first i thought it was about anorexia but now i think it could be about a lot of things.
    ummmmm47on November 04, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commenthaha okay are you fucking kidding me? anorexia? it seriously drives me nuts that people assume certain songs have these ridiculous elaborate meanings. did the why am i still hungry part make ya think about that? this song is straight forward. she wants to be like water, something incomplex... something that somebody else wants her to be. but she can't be that simple because it's not in her. easy peasy!!
    gnatalieon February 13, 2008   Link

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