Drowning
Dedicated to those who died on the Russian Submarine Kursk
...or anyone who's ever lost really badly on a TV game show


Scratching at the wall, hyperactive fit
Murky water creeping up past your chin
Gasping for air, just one last breath
Everyone's floating, they're already dead

This tin can tomb pitch black like night
Drip drip drip, too cold to fight
Lost beneath the surface, waves overhead
Look around, everyone's floating, they're already dead

   You're drowning - looks like it's the end
   You're drowning - why don't you phone a friend?
   You're drowning - no one ever really wins
   You're drowning - just give in

Dropping like a stone, full fathom five
You'd rather be dead but you're still alive
They said it'd be over with in the blink of an eye
So just keep treading water and prepare to die

   You're drowning - looking for a sign
   You're drowning - you're all out of lifelines
   You're drowning - no one ever really wins
   You're drowning - just give in

You hit rock bottom and it all goes still
Frozen to the bone in the deep dark chill
You think of your mama and scream out her name
But the only thing you hear is just more of the same

   Oh momma I'm drowning - nothing much to say
   I'm drowning - it just ain't my day
   I'm drowning - you can kiss my ass goodbye
   I'm drowning - and you know what? 
     I ain't even gonna bother asking why.

   You know why?
   Cause you're drowning - looks like it's the end
   You're drowning - why don't you phone a friend
   You're drowning - no one ever really wins this game
   You're drowning - c'mon boy, just give in
   We'll remember your name
©Mike Runion, 2000
Available on "The Red Velvet Couch E.P." CD
8/25/00