I long to taste adventure like the nature of the sea,
Always moving, always hiding all the creatures from beneath.
Singing silent songs of sadness my heart waits for its chance,
To dance upon the ashes of my burned up little plans.

And I stand alone before the night.
My nakedness is so clear in the glow of the moonlight.
Life is old but so short.
We are young we want more.

I'm drowning, but I don't care,
Because when you got what I got, what I got, what I got
Who needs air?

You don’t need air.

My addiction to danger like the rush of the sea,
Like a wave on the rocks the lessons crash down on me.
I don’t need to prove the world to you only to myself.
So step back and look away as I dive into the swell.

I'm drowning, but I don't care,
Because when you got what I got, what I got, what I got
Who needs air?
I'm drowning, but I don't care,
Because when you got what I got, what I got, what I got
You don’t need air.

Take me down to the river like a little child,
Take my hand and tell me its okay to be wild.
I never knew the world until I saw through your eyes,
I never knew my self until I ripped off my disguise.

I’m drowning, but I don’t care,
Because when you’ve got what I got, what I got, what I got
Who needs air?

I have come to the realization that life is more than what I have accomplished.
And life is more then the realization that we have accomplished nothing at all.
True success is so selfless so drown in the lyrics of your life and give up the air that you breathe.
You don’t need anything.

Lyrics submitted by xnotquiteurgurlx

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    General CommentHey guys, I know there's the huge debate over if they are a "Christian band" or not and if Tooth & Nail is a "christian label". I have a bit of unique perspective on this as I am a musician and my old band had some dealings with T&N and some great friends of mine (Through A Glass) are discussing a deal with T&N. I myself am a Christian as were the guys in my old band and as are Through A Glass (I go to church with them here in Nashville) but neither my band nor TAG are specifically a "Christian band". Of course our personal faith comes through in our song writing because is part of who we are not only as believers but as musicians and songwriters. But I don't think christian who are in music are required by God to limit themselves to writing strictly only about Him and "Christian topics". Personally I think that kind of thinking in the music industry and general public is the main cause of most "Christian music" being considered sub-par and while it is true sometimes that is the case it's not universal. I guess I said this to say I would say that The Classic Crime is not a "Christian band" even though the members are Christians themselves. And T&N is not a "Christian label" even though the overwhelming majority of their artists are Christians as are the founders and staff at T&N and those deeply personal beliefs will come through in everything they do. Hope this helps with the confusion. Much love!
    Prometheus000on April 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti have found my own meaning

    and i love it :]
    pinkfloyd4241on January 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti posted these too
    xnotquiteurgurlxon April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is cool, but I don't get it that much. It reads that "when you've got what I got [God?]...who needs air"
    I don't get the rest though.

    ps yes we know you posted these it says on top of the page
    theonethatison May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah even though they changed some things on the record that i dont like, and i love the original way better, this is still just an amazing song.
    HowIChoose2Liveon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about seeking fufillment (air) in life (the water, or just an adventure) but when you have a relationship with God, you don't need air, and you don't need fufillment with life, because you have real fufillment with God, something much better. these are just my thoughts...and the song parallels the general idea.
    CombatChuck000on June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about baptism. Cause in the sacrament of baptism we are to die to sin and this world and rise a new creation. And when you die to the world you also must let yourself die as well (To dance upon the ashes of my burned up little plans.). The tradition of baptism was that they would take you to a river and hold you under water three times. But they would also hold you under until you struggled to breath to symbolize you dying. And when you die with Christ you rise a new creation, one that doesn't need air.
    crimson8199on July 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDid anyone think maybe this could be about a girl? Like the love of his life or something? If so, that is the sweetest thing ever.
    sparkysparkleon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"my nakedness is so clear in the glow of the moonlight"

    this was written by somebody who has been utterly shamed/humbled. he comes to God knowing that he has nothing to offer that could ever make him worthy of God's love. But God gives it freely anyway, no strings attatched.

    Incredible, isn't it?
    jarofclay113on October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought that Matt writes his lyrics to mean many different things. While I do agree it may be about God and Christianity, it could mean other things as well. I think that's what Matt wants to say. He wants you to take your own view on it and be enlightened from his lyrics. In my opinion it's talking about happiness and the content he has with life. That he's so happy that nothing can bring him down, even drowning in his problems.
    Unearth77on November 19, 2006   Link

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