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I'm not aware of too many things,
I know what I know if you know what I mean.
Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box.
Religion is the smile on a dog.

I'm not aware of too many things,
I know what I know if you know what I mean.
Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep.


What I am is what I am.
Are you what you are - or what?


I'm not aware of too many things,
I know what I know if you know what I mean.
Philosophy is a walk on the slippery rocks.
Religion is a light in the fog.


I'm not aware of too many things,
I know what I know if you know what I mean.
Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep.


What I am is what I am.
Are you what you are - or what?
Don't let me get too deep.



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    UnregisteredJun 29, 2012 at 2:13 am
    The song is about self-realization. She is stating the only thing that can be honestly stated and that is awareness of presence, the "i am". What i am is what i am... I am that i am.

    Philosophy and religion are mental pacifiers that enable one to feel warm and fuzzy and good about themselves, while keeping one asleep in the dreamstate that we call conventional life - nothing more than that.

    "chuck me into shallow water before i get too deep" is a reminder to keep it simple and not indulge in lofty philosophical discourse that would serve to take one away from the simplicity of the "i am", which all that is.
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    UKE3May 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm
    You need to understand what it means to be bohemian to get the lyrics. I am what I am - I cannot allow society or other people to tell me who I am. Deep water is society that is trying to choke our individuality and freedom of thought. Are you what you are or have you been programmed and molded by the world?
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    UnregisteredAug 26, 2012 at 1:14 am
    Its just great ol dirty hippie music and i miss this stuff man! I hate the new crap called "music" these days and im only 15! Haha love it :)
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    UnregisteredJun 17, 2012 at 7:04 am
    Wants to be real and truly believe what is real. Anything too complex to raise questions and doubts is to be discarded for provable facts so basic and simple they are undeniable. Then you are not misled, something that would cause us to lose our way. At least you know who and where you are if you only accept basic truthful undeniable facts like the world is round, or pigs can't fly.
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    UnregisteredJun 17, 2012 at 6:46 am
    What you see is what i am, no hidden face. Are you? Or what? Before i get caught up in something i don't understand bring me to ny senses. Don't know much but what i do know is so simple it can't be wrong. Anything more is just a guess.

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