"The Drowning Man" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
She stands twelve feet above the flood
She stares
Alone
Across the water
The loneliness grows and slowly
Fills her frozen body
Sliding downwards

One by one her senses die
The memories fade
And leave her eyes
Still seeing worlds that never were
And one by one the bright birds leave her

Starting at the violent sound
She tries to turn
But final
Noiseless
Slips and strikes her soft dark head
The water bows
Receives her
And drowns her at its ease
Drowns her at its ease

I would have left the world all bleeding
Could I only help you love
The fleeting shapes
So many years ago
So young and beautiful and brave

Everything was true
It couldn't be a story

I wish it was all true
I wish it couldn't be a story
The words all left me
Lifeless
Hoping
Breathing like the drowning man

Oh Fushia
You leave me
Breathing like the drowning man
Breathing like the drowning man


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"The Drowning Man" as written by Laurence Andrew Tolhurst Robert James Smith

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    General Commentits based on a book by mervyn peake called gormenghast. upon realizing that her heart had been broken, fucshia, now growing old, finds it too difficult to retreat back into her imaginary world. she plays in her mind with the idea of suicide. not really knowing what she is doing, she begains to act out a story once again. suddenly she is startled by a knock on the door. it is he who had broken her heart. but before she can gain composure and pull herself from her make believe, she slips on the window sill and falls to her death. drowning in the flood water outside.

    excellent book by the way. there are several cure songs that reference it.
    saturnineon March 19, 2005   Link

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