‘Dive In’

29 Jul

I usually keep my posts relatively on topic, sharing volunteer stories and whatnot, but I felt compelled to share some song lyrics from the latest Dave Matthews Band album, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King. I was at their second show last week at Jones Beach, and hearing the song ‘Dive In’ live, at an open-air ampitheatre that sits in on the water, drove the lyrics home and so, I’m sharing them with you now. There’s never one explanation for a song, so you take what you want from it; for me, I see it as incredibly ironic, touching on people’s sense of naivety. All of these things are going on in the world- hunger, global warming- and a lot of people are existing peacefully under the assumption that someone else addressing these issues, so they don’t have to worry. The future will work itself out. Enjoy the endless summer and rising waters, everything is being taken care of by those qualified to take care of it all… I like to think that part of this website is addressing the fact that people should help where they can, if they want to see a change in the world around them. Or at the very least, acknowledge that the world isn’t perfect, and certain things that need repair can’t be fixed solely by the government and its money…and in some cases, the damage done is irreparable.

If you haven’t picked up the album yet, you should. It’s one of their best studio albums (in my opinion)… You can listen to the song ‘Dive In’ here on YouTube.

 

I saw a man on the side of the road
with a sign that read ‘will work for food’
Tried to look busy, ’til the light turned green

I saw a bear on TV and his friends were all drowning
cause their homes were turning to water

A strange, kinda sad, big old bear
surely would happily eat me
he’d tear me to pieces that bear

Wake up sleepy head
I think the suns a little brighter today
Smile and watch the icicles melt away and see the water rising…
Summers here to stay, and all those summer games will last forever
Go down to the shore, kick off your shoes, dive in the empty ocean.

Tell me everything will be OK if I just stay on my knees and keep praying
believing in something
Tell me everything is all taken care of by those qualified to take care of it all.

Wake up sleepy head
I think the suns a little brighter today
Smile and watch the icicles melt away and see the waters rising
Summers here to stay, and that sweet summer breeze will blow forever
Go down to the shore, kick off your shoes, dive in the empty ocean

One day, do you think we’ll wake up in a world on it’s way to getting better?
and if so can you tell me
how?

I have been thinking that lately the blood is increasing
the tourniquets not keeping hold in spite of our twisting
though we would like to believe we are
we are not in control
though we would love to believe

 

Wake up sleepy head
I think the suns a little brighter today
Smile and watch the icicles melt away and see the water rising…
Summers here to stay, and those sweet summer girls will dance forever
Go down to the shore, kick off your shoes, dive in the empty ocean.

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