"don't go there" I heard her say
"you can't stomach what you're going to see"
It's down there, by the water's edge
wasted and bloated and waiting for someone else

funny how, these things come about
when you're tied to the teeth and mouth
no sound of fury, no shot of pain
there was no real reason, no gain

I can't go down to the water's edge
I didn't do it...I saw who did
Don't go down to the water's edge
they did it once and they can do it again

it ain't no secret to me
how she got there down by the stream
I'd seen her the minute before the van pulled up and opened
the door (took all my love)

but I can't say a single word
about what I saw of her
her killers...they got their friends
in familiar places, I tell you man

this ain't no fucking game
and I'm feeling so ashamed
because I didn't do anything
no I didn't do anything
to stop this from happening

I didn't do a thing

I swear


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Water's Edge Lyrics as written by Jason Ross Jason Pollock

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    My Interpretation

    The singer witnessed an abduction of an innocent. He doesn't do anything because he's scared for his own life and so just let's the abductors kill the victim who's only wrong doing is being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Later the body washes up on the shores of the river and a friend tells the singer not to go down there. He does anyway and recognizes the innocent victim that was murdered in front of him.

    He wants to do the right thing and turn the killers in but he knows that the murderers have killed once and killing him wouldn't bother them in the slightest. Even though the singer isn't the one who murdered the innocent, he still feels he contributed to her death because he did nothing.

    The last line really drives this home when the singer practically screams "I should have done... something"

    Susinkoon March 31, 2014   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is about a guy who is warned to not go down by the river or w/e and he does it anyways, and he sees a dead body...he feels guilty b/c he saw it happen, and he saw who did it but didnt do anything about it...the line "They did it once, They can do it again"....i think it means that theyve already killed, theyre not afraid to do it again, so he should keep quiet..And the line.."The Van pulled up and opened the door (took all my love)..he saw them kidnap the person (maybe the woman he loves?) What does everyone esle think?

    SexyAss14on May 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    I believe it is talkin about a goat sacrifice him and his friends made while they were drunk and now it has washed up on the shore of the river and every1 has found out about the animal brutality and he just had a buzz and he feels bad because he could have stopped the sacrifice but he didn't.

    cheesemaster125on June 06, 2003   Link
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    General Comment

    This is in my opinion a really good song. The lyrics themselves are creepy though. Like some sort of cry for help..a message of a sort. I would like to know what it really means....

    Webchefon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    ya everytime i listen to this song, certain parts stick out..like something bad happened that he saw, but didn;t stop or something

    Anakaliaon May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is about a guy who is warned to not go down by the river or w/e and he does it anyways, and he sees a dead body...he feels guilty b/c he saw it happen, and he saw who did it but didnt do anything about it...the line "They did it once, They can do it again"....i think it means that theyve already killed, theyre not afraid to do it again, so he should keep quiet..And the line.."The Van pulled up and opened the door (took all my love)..he saw them kidnap the person (maybe the woman he loves?) What does everyone esle think?

    SexyAss14on May 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    i actually think that this song has a much deeper meaning than the literal lyrics... its a good song, and like webchef said, the lyrics are pretty creepy - but i really think there is an underlying theme or message here.....

    kyn1325on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    I really have a hard time listening to this song. It describes an event in my life almost word for word. We had a girl kidnapped and murdered near the town I live in and the way the crime happened fit the lyrics perfect. She was picked up by guys in a van and killed. She was found by the edge of a river. It's really quite disturbing.

    Flanderson June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    This is my interpretation of the song. I've divided it up like the lyrics of the song. Just my opinion.

    "Don't go looking for my problems because they are too much for you too handle. They're left behind me, ugly and torn - waiting for someone else to discover them"

    Funny how your problems come about, when you're inhibited from saying anything. There's no scream for pain. There's no real reason, no gain from these problems

    I can't go and find her problems. I didn't go, but I know who did. Don't go looking for them, I know someone who did it once - and I know they can do it again

    It's no secret to me how she left her problems behind Because I saw her before, and saw them snatch her heart up and take her away

    I can't say anything about the things I saw. These problems, they have companions, close to home, my friend

    It's no secret to me how she left her problems behind. Because I saw her before, and saw them snatch her heart up and take her away

    This isn't a game - it's real. I'm ashamed because I didn't help her through them. I didn't do anything to prevent this from happening.

    "Don't go looking for my problems because they are too much for you too handle. They're left behind me, ugly and torn - waiting for someone else to discover them"

    I didn't do a thing, and I should have helped her out.

    • Jennifer
    ihavetofallon July 08, 2002   Link
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    shit snoop, cracka, skrillas,

    forumon September 23, 2002   Link

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