Into the undertow

Photography by Uberllama

Two remarkably different songs with the same title.
One by the idol, one by the worshipper, both amazing.
Apparently, I can’t escape the water these days…

Leonard Cohen – Undertow

I set out one night
When the tide was low
There were signs in the sky
But I did not know
I’d be caught in the grip
Of the undertow
Ditched on a beach
Where the sea hates to go
With a child in my arms
And a chill in my soul
And my heart the shape
Of a begging bowl

R.E.M. – Undertow

I know what I wanted
I know what I wanted
I know how I wanted this to be

You go down to the water
Drink down of the water
Walk up off the water, leave it be

This is not my time, brother
It is cold in heaven
And I’m not sprouting wings.

I’m drowning
Me
I’m drowning
Me, yeah

Brother can you see those birds?
They don’t look to heaven
They don’t need religion, they can see

They go down to the water
Drink down on the water
Fly up off the water, leave it be

This is not my time, sister
It is cold in heaven
And no one’s coming after me

I’m drowning
Breathing ourselves
Me
Breathing ourselves
I’m drowning
Breathing ourselves
Me, yeah

You know I am tired
Cold and bony tired
Nothing’s gonna save me, I can see

I can’t say I’m fearful
I can’t say I’m not afraid
But I am not resisting, I can see

I don’t need a heaven
I don’t need religion
I am in the place where I should be

I am breathing water
I am breathing water
You know a body’s got to breathe

I’m drowning
Breathing ourselves
Me
Breathing ourselves
I’m drowning
Breathing ourselves
Me, yeah

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