Why drink the water from my hand?
Contagious as you think I am
Just tilt my sun towards your domain
Your cup runneth over again

Don't scream about, don't think aloud
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't worry 'bout, don't speak of doubt
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out

Why follow me to higher ground?
Lost as you swear I am
Don't throw away your basic needs
Ambiance and vanity

Don't scream about, don't think aloud
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't worry 'bout, don't speak of doubt
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't scream about, don't think aloud
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't worry 'bout, don't speak of doubt
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out

December promise you gave unto me
December whispers of treachery
December clouds are now covering me
December songs no longer I sing
December promise you gave unto me
December whispers of treachery
December clouds are now covering me
December songs no longer I sing

Don't scream about, don't think aloud
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't worry 'bout, don't speak of doubt
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't scream about, don't think aloud
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out
Don't worry 'bout, don't speak of doubt
Turn your head now, baby, just spit me out


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

December Lyrics as written by Ed Roland

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  • +9
    General CommentThis song has very Christian underpinnings as do many Collective Soul songs (Run, The World I Know, Shine, Simple to name a small sample). "cup runneth over" is a direct quote from Psalm 23:5, he's just playing with context by saying "Your" instead of "My." He also references the common sins of our day: Ambiance and Vanity, our "basic needs." The song is a subtle blend of social commentary in light of Christian ideals. I think you'll fin these guys are no ordinary rock band if you listen to the songs I mentioned. Very good music.
    bytoron January 27, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General Commentlol...i cant some of you thought it was about a blow job...i live in georgia and my dad,mom, and step dad all knew Ed and his band before they were even called collective soul. One thing i know is that Ed's dad is a preacher and thats why his songs are religious....and a blow job isn't very moving to me, but whatever floats your boat......
    MarcusO.L.P.on January 04, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe lyric "turn your head now baby just spit me out" I believe is a reference to a part of the bible where Christ says your either for me or against me, you cant be in the middle and people who are in the middle makes him sick and he throws them up out his mouth... its basically u dont agree with me, yet u follow me, so its either choose a side or stay in the middle and throw me up...
    JDC_Ghaleonon March 05, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't know. From the lyrics, it seems that the relationship has gone sour, the hatred has settled in, and then all of a sudden the girl has come crawling back to the guy and he can't bring himself to forgive her for everything she did to him.
    shyzerDOTcomon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis one is pretty complicated to the point that I'm not sure of this, but I think it's about a guy and his "New Year Resolution's" talking to him. And then him seeing failure in not keeping those expectations (December promise you gave unto me......).
    flyingdaitchmanon March 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFrom what I recall, Ed Roland (lead singer/songwriter) was writing about the band's relationship with their former manager Bill Richardson. There was a big lawsuit and court battle shortly after this album (Collective Soul, 1995) was released. Ed felt betrayed by him. The Disciplined Breakdown album's lyrical content had similar influences.
    csoulmanon December 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is amazing, and everyone has heard it, they just don't know it by the band or Title. I agree with Csoulman on the meaning. It's definitly about the demise of a friendship/relationship.
    Emo_ezraliteon July 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this guy is really bitter about losing someone. A girl who he loved, and he sees he was really stupid to love her because shes really shallow, but he still is very bitter about it. Very stormy relationship ^_^ WHEE!
    LullabyBabyon September 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the general consensus is way off......Think about it as a CHristian.......WHat happened in December???? Why drink the water from my hand is about Jesus asking for you to forgive yourself of your sins but you can't you only use religion when you need it....Just tilt the sun...Is about all the materials you pocess. Don't scream, think, work and speak refer to ones opposition to religion and spitting out the body of Christ like a communion that you received (the body of christ).....Why follow me to higher ground refers to having your spirit lifted, but why follow if your only looking only to run back to your greed, ambiance and vanity...basically your selfishness......he end refers to the crucifiction of Jesus to sacrifice himself of your sins.
    ANDYMAN63on November 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about the struggle with spiritual beliefs. Why follow me to higher ground? Contagious as you think I am.
    Wisteriawhisperon April 05, 2019   Link

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