Chimes sing Sunday morn
Today's the day she's sworn
To steal what she never could own
And race from this hole she calls home

Now you're at the wheel
Tell me how, how does it feel?
So good to have equalized
To lift up the lids of your eyes

As the miles, they disappear
See land begin to clear
Free from the filth and the scum
This American satellites won

She'll carry on through it all
She's a waterfall
She'll carry on through it all
She's a waterfall

See the steeple pine
The hills as old as time
Soon to be put to the test
To be whipped by the winds of the west

Stands on shifting sands
The scales held in her hands
The wind it just whips her and wails
And fills up her brigantine sails

She'll carry on through it all
She's a waterfall
She'll carry on through it all
She's a waterfall

Lyrics submitted by Bo, edited by AKT6168, KinkyDox

Waterfall Lyrics as written by John Squire Ian George Brown

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  • +5
    General Comment

    Ian Brown said in an interview that this is about a girl whose fed up with everything, drops an acid and goes to Dover. What would Vera Lynn make of that?

    FelixCloudon July 24, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    I've always taken this to be about a woman who just keeps going... like a waterfall.

    Undeterred, resolute - a strong woman you can trust.

    BoHoon February 06, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This is an astonishing song, great riff and those lyrics... I'm not a flag waver or anything but I think this is one of the most profoundly patriotic songs i've ever heard. Britain's got its faults, its old and creaky, it lives in the past etc, but despite being almost submerged by the influence of US culture it carries on in its rickety eccentric way. The absolute master stroke is that the song is in the style of a sea shanty with Ian Brown doing his folky best to sound like a 19th century troubador. Effin Brillliant!

    hipshoton January 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
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    Ian Brown is a fantastic guy though.... very tallented in my opinion...... if that's what it really means then I'm not sure what Vera would have to say!!

    crazy_jojo186on September 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    The guitar work on this great!

    whiskeyclonehotelon October 12, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    There was a great online book, well blog really, by a crazed fan who became obsessed with the Roses and started to decipher the lyrics. It's called "One Love Story: Old Testament - New Testament". If you can find it online it's worth reading if you're a fan. Anyway he surmised that the whole album is about God, all femine references are to God, a feminine life force if you will. If you look at all the lyrics it does make sense, then look at the album itself, the last song is "I am The Resurection", the second album is titled "The Second Coming". So not a concept album, but a concept band, it's really quite extraordinary. Everything is about the new messiah, and they are trying to draw her out, to accept her role.

    JMillson June 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Woman leaves city, goes to see a beutfiul Britain which, as said, just continues despite influences from the west.

    About a girl, About Britain.

    dave_1987on April 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I like this idea that it's about Britain, like Britain is America's bitch, but I think it's mostly about all Britain's beauty slowly disappearing through modernisation


    As the mile they disappear See land begin to clear Free from the filth and the scum This American satelites won

    and here;

    See the steeple pine The hills as old as time Soon to be put to the test To be whipped by the winds of the west

    and how the people (the girl) will just take it in their stride.

    Zoltan Pandemoniumon January 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
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    I got the Gulf war impression as well particularly from these lines:

    "To steal what she never could own" -Land, oil, wealth possibly, although the US doesn't really have a shortage of those

    "Free from the filth and the scum This American satelites won" -Free from the Iraqis in Kuwait?

    "Stands on shifting sands"

    • Sands, desert, Middle East perhaps.

    I know these are only 3 lines in the song, but reading the lyrics as a whole, especially with these 3 lines, gave me the impression it references the Gulf War.

    Affaon January 22, 2008   Link
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    I'm a tad confused by the gulf war reference? Considering it was written a couple of years before the war?

    littleidioton March 18, 2008   Link

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