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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

Trivia:

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