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The Drowning Man

This song is by Janis Ian and appears on the album Folk Is the New Black (2006).

He said, "Grab any stool, put your belly to the bar"
I'm not such a fool, I know just who you are
It's been too many years and not enough time
Have a cup of my tears, they've been watered with wine
I am the drowning man, I am the drowning man

There once was a girl, every story starts that way
She lit up my world like a fireworks display
And the flame drew me near but it frightened me more
So I met her with water and I rained 'til I poured
Now I am the drowning man, I am the drowning man

I'm drowning in jiggers and I'm drowning in smoke
I'm drowning in rivers where the fish gasp and choke
I have drowned my tomorrows just to drown out my past
Now I drown all my sorrows at the bottom of this glass
'Cause I am the drowning man, I am the drowning man

I won't die for money and I won't die for love
And I won't die for beauty or the good lord above
But I'll die for a dream whose heart is engraved
In the rocks and the reefs of my watery grave
I am the drowning man, I am the drowning man

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Written by:

Janis Ian

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