"Deep Water" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley....
I'm drifting in deep waters
Alone with my self-doubting, again
Try not to struggle this time
For I will weather the storm

I gotta remember (gonna remember)
Don't fight it (don't fight it)
Even if I (even if I)
Don't like it (don't like it)

Somehow, turn me around (somehow, turn me around)

No matter how far I drift
Deep waters (deep waters)
Won't scare me tonight

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"Deep Water" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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  • +5
    General Comment"I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me." - Psalm 69:2

    "Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters." -Psalm 69:14

    "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." -Psalm 23:1-2

    Oh, and verily, I say unto thee: the barbershop backup is the shit.
    Anarchitecton March 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSeems like Portishead are fans of Steve Martin's 1979 movie, "The Jerk". In it, Martin and Bernadette Peters sing a rendition of "Tonight You Belong to Me" that features a ukulele arrangement. Check it out -- the resemblance to "Deep Waters" is pretty easy to see.

    Somehow, though, I imagine the Portishead crew would just give you a sly wink if you asked them about it.
    Anarchitecton April 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm at least 90% sure this song is about surviving a harsh acid or other psychedelic trip.

    "I'm drifting in deep waters"
    Would refer to being deep into a trip where things have gotten crazy and reality is hard to grasp.

    "Alone with my self doubting again"
    On psychedelics, the user is typically locked into their own head for a period of a few hours. During this time, users are often forced to face their own self doubts about themselves, their lives, and the things around them.

    "I try not to struggle this time"
    When a psychedelic trip gets too intense, inexperienced users tend to try to 'fight the trip.' This never works and only serves to make things worse.

    "For I will weather the storm"
    After dropping acid, if you decide you don't enjoy the trip, there's pretty much nothing you can do about it until it's out of your system. You've got to weather the storm.

    "I Gotta remember
    Don't fight it"
    It can be hard to remember not to fight a psychedelic if things get too intense and you don't even remember where you are anymore, but as said earlier, fighting it only makes things worse.

    "Even if I
    Don't like it"
    Implies that the 'deep waters' could be enjoyed. This definitely falls in line with psychedelics. Most trips are fun and extremely enjoyable and potentially life changing, but maybe 10% of trips can be unpleasant.

    "Somehow turn me around"
    A bad trip can easily be turned into a good one by the strangest of things - someone turning on the lights, changing a music track, going into a different room.

    "No matter how far I drift
    Deep waters won't scare me tonight"
    No matter how hard you're tripping and how far you drift from reality, if you remember to just 'go with the flow,' you can overcome 'The Fear' of a 'bad trip.'
    kommanderkuon September 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe barber chorus in this song is the shit.
    myzteronson March 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus is indeed the shit
    osberton March 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also have to voice my opinion that the barbershop section is "the shit".

    Not that I've illegally downloaded the LP or anything and am hoping to make up for it by getting it on the day it comes out...
    Wallamanageon March 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed, the chorus is well and truly the shit.
    conorwon May 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti hate to uses such words but when time come to need it, no time like the present. this is the shit!
    olearrison August 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentadded my own whistling, indeed perfect shit!
    monstereoon September 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd just like to say that this may be the most informative thread I've ever come across. Ever.

    By which I mean ... um, I guess ... the barber chorus in this song is the shit.
    effinhellaon January 17, 2009   Link

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