Soundgarden Rowing cover

Rowing
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Lyrics and Meaning


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Released
Nov 13, 2012
Genre
Rock

Rowing Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Verse 2
Moving is breathing and breathing is life
Stopping is dying
You'll be alright
Life is a hammer waiting to drop
Drifting the shallows and the rowing won't stop
Verse 3
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Verse 4
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Verse 5
Can't see the sky, nothing's on the horizon
Can't feel my hands and the water keeps risin'
Can't fall asleep 'cause I wake up dead
I just keep polling, I just keep rowing
Verse 6
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Verse 7
Rowing is living and living is hard
But living beats losing all that we are
All that we know of, and all that we feel
All we remember, imagine the real
All we remember, imagine the real
Verse 8
Hey
Verse 9
I heard an echo but the answer had changed
From the word I remembered
That I started out sayin'
Living is cheating if you're not pulling oars
The current is leaving
I'll get mine
You get yours
Verse 10
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Verse 11
Hey
Verse 12
Rowing is bleeding, bleeding is breathing
Breathing is feeling, running, and freezing
We're getting dirty but I started out clean
Verse 13
Keep on rowing and
Keep on rowing and
Keep on polling and
Keep on polling and
Keep on rowing and
Keep on rowing and
Keep on rowing and
Keep on rowing and
Keep on rowing
Keep on rowing
Verse 14
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Verse 15
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row
Don't know where I'm going I just keep on rowing
I just keep on polling, gotta row

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1 year ago
I don't understand exactly what the song Rowing talks about, but for me it always had a aura around it that brought me to associate it with the horror of slavery, and what a slave would endure as being put through the agony, pain, and suffering that ensues from such a horrific existance. Being both physically and mentally drained and exhausted, and never being able to rest and feel free to escape the life of a person in servitude under a cruel master, the song speaks to me in that we must "keep on rowing", we must keep on going if we want to live and not be killed. "Rowing is living and living is hard, but living beats losing all that we are" makes me feel like although they are slaves and life is hard, the person enslaved doesn't want to lose all that they are. They need to continue to remember that life has meaning, even though it's terrible at times. "Can't fall asleep 'cause I'll wake up dead" makes it seem like as a slave you're worked almost to the point of death, and you can't rest or stop or you'll be killed. You must "keep on Rowing", or you must keep on going, keep working, keep slaving, and don't give up or give in to the hardship. It's hard to imagine what life would be like as a slave in the times of darkness that slavery existed, but I feel this song describes life as a slave very well, and it really does bring me to a place where I would want to be like those who rescued people from slavery like in the history books we can only read about, and I would do anything to help those escape from such a terrible thing as slavery and the people who do such terrible things to other human beings.

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