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Not Waving

This song is by This Heat and appears on the album This Heat (1979).

Yes I will go up there
Up there where I know you cannot find me
I held on to the steel rail - too long now
I know I must let go
Here I am in the ocean
Not waving but drowning
Just a nervous reaction
Please don't rescue me

So cold I can't feel my toes
Oh let them go, who needs them?
Circulation stand-still
H2O can freeze you to the marrow
Learn to love the water
It will love you like there's no tomorrow

There is no tomorrow


The line "Not waving but drowning" might be a reference to the poem of the same name by Stevie Smith.

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