Water
Walking
Walking on water
Walking
Walking on for years and years and years
Taking it into my head
Living by the right lines
Reading what the very man said

Water
I'm walking
Walking on water
Walking
Walking on

Lying on eleven years
Taking it into my head
Mary, Mary drop me softly
Been reading what your very man said
Lying on eleven years
Taking it into my head
Leave my clothes on the beach
I'm walking down into the sea

Prove it to me
Prove it to me
Prove it to me

Now the water to my ankles
Now the water to my knees
Think of him, all waxy wings
Melted down into the sea
Mary, Mary, what your man said
Washing it all over my head
Mary, Mary, hold on tightly
Over water, under the sea

Wa-wa-wa-water
Wa-wa-wa-water
I'm walking
Walking on wa-wa-wa-water
I'm walking
Walking on wa-wa-wa-water
Walking
Walking on wa-wa-wa-water
Walking
Walking on wa-wa-wa-water


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  • +5
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    I'm amazed no one got the religious references. I'm not trying to be snooty - it's just painfully obvious, not to mention that so much of PJ's early work is fraught with biblical references. The lyrics imho come from the perspective of someone who has been taught religion for years and years but not entirely believed it ("Mary, what your man said" (ie. Jesus), and the defiant repetition of "prove it to me!") and in the end has a divine experience of her own. There is also a blatant reference to the legend of Icarus and Daedalus ("waxy wings melted down into the sea"). I think this is thrown in there because, as she is walking into the water to see what happens, she is remembering other stories she has been told and how miracles failed those characters.

    scrimshawon October 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
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    Spot on chogg.

    And there's the notion of testing faith - 'Leave my clothes on the beach, I'm walking down into the sea' - with echoes of suicide. She's walking into the sea, and leaving it to / testing God's will.

    SuitBoyon January 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
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    lyrics seem to be about using the ocean to clean onesself of bad memories of a past love. Still, the ending is really fantastic. I would sing along if I knew that no one was around to hear me.

    pumkinhedon March 23, 2005   Link
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    I fucking love this song :-) I think it's talking about a women who was invincible(Walking on For years and years and years) then she falls in love (Now the water to my ankles Now the water to my knees Think of him all waxy wings) and she listen and does what ever the man says(Mary Mary what your man said ) This is definitely one of my favortie songs of all time

    Bambooon December 12, 2005   Link
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    I fucking love this song :-) I think it's talking about a women who was invincible(Walking on For years and years and years) then she falls in love (Now the water to my ankles Now the water to my knees Think of him all waxy wings) and she listen and does what ever the man says(Mary Mary what your man said ) This is definitely one of my favortie songs of all time

    Bambooon December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    PJ is like the female version of Frank Black. But still with her own style.

    banjo18220on February 02, 2017   Link

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