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Time it took us
To where the water was
That's what the water gave me
And time goes quicker
Between the two of us
Oh, my love, don't forsake me
Take what the water gave me

Lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the overflow
Pockets full of stones

Lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the overflow

And oh poor Atlas
The world's a beast of a burden
You've been holding on a long time
And all this longing
And the ships are left to rust
That's what the water gave us

So lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the overflow
Pockets full of stones

Lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the overflow

'Cause they took your loved ones
But returned them in exchange for you
But would you have it any other way?
Would you have it any other way?
You could have had it any other way

'Cause she's a cruel mistress
And a bargain must be made
But oh, my love, don't forget me
But, I let the water take me

So, lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the over flow
Pockets full of stones

Lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the overflow

So, lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the overflow
Pockets full of stones

Lay me down
Let the only sound
Be the overflow

Yeahhhhhhh
Yeahhhhhhh
Yeahhhhhhh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeahhhhhhhhh
Yeahhhhhhhhh
Yeahhhhhhhhh



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    UnregisteredMay 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    Its about virginia woolf. There was an interview with florence and she said that she had heard the story about virginia woolf drowning herself by filling her pockets with stones and jumping in a river. So florence wrote a song about it...
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    UnregisteredSep 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    I think it means you work with the hand life dealt you which could be good, bad or painful at times.
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    UnregisteredMar 18, 2012 at 9:47 am
    P. S. It would seem that we are more connected than we might believe. That her sister listened to the song over and over plus other in hindsight.. Premonitions by others close to her. This song helps put that into perspective.
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    UnregisteredMar 18, 2012 at 9:07 am
    On dec 17, 2011 my 28 yr old daughter drowned from a seizure she had while filling the bath for her 2 yr old son. 3 hours later hertoday husband came homein from worka to findme her... Water overflowing down the drain. My younger daughter 23 later told me she had been listening to this cd over and over since early december. To me, the meaning is that the water took her and that the stones were her epilepsy. I have found it helpful to listen to this song, along with songs we played at her wake and grieve but also work through it to come out in the other side. By the way, i woke from a very sound sleep several weeks ago while sleeping in her bed to a powerful squeeze and her then saying i'm ok" thank you for reading this.
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    UnregisteredFeb 25, 2012 at 4:06 am
    Shes talking about death. The meaning of this song is that basically she is willing to make a bargin with death to take her instead of her loved one and since water is the esence of life, her life taken in the water would mean would mean a new one will be cast ashore.

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