I could have kept my head down
I might have kept my mouth shut
I should have held my own,
You lead a horse to water and you watch him drown.

You're only as big as your battles.
Rattle my cage with your shadow.
I'm a phantom-weight with a mouth full of feathers,
Don't you know that what comes around goes around?

I'm not that easy,
I am not your horse to water.
I hold my breath I come around, round, round.

Don't darken my doorstep again,
You're mixing up living in chin-chin,
You're mixing up lose with win-win,
You lead a horse to water and you watch him drown.

You stumble on glass top table,
TV's chewing shock-gone cable
Pump me up a beanstalk fable
And I'll call this entertainment
Cause Humpty's falling down.


Pick a fight an ultra-buzzy bubble
Friday night f**kin' fried-up pub crawl
Phantom-weight with a mouth full of feathers,
Don't you know that what comes around goes around?


It's not that easy
I am not your horse to water
I hold my breath, I come around, round, round
It's going down, down, down
This runaround, round, round
Is bound to pound
The daylights out of you!

Lyrics submitted by monkeysuncle

Horse to Water Lyrics as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentthis is a great song on an amazing album. It sounds like it's about being used by someone.
    Mindbreaker4228on June 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about addiction. The "reptilian brain" (also shared by birds) is the level of the human mind which is the seat of all compulsive and addictive behaviors, habits. There's nothing a snake loves more than crawling in a circle -- patterns are predictable, safe. Hence the addiction cycle, and other self-destructive cycles such as are seen with battered women. "Holding the breath" is a way one might train to battle the inner beast, since the reptilian brain is also responsible for making sure we keep breathing, etc. But, even a small child can hold their breath until they pass out, provided their will to do so is strong enough to fight the snake-within.

    This kind of thing is not entertainment, because this unchecked consumption of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual poisons, fueled by an epidemic lack of personal responsibility and self-discipline, are in danger of destroying the planet at the moment.
    dakinion June 26, 2008   Link

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