For My Sunday Song #116, I am tackling “Everybody Out of the Water” by The Wallflowers. The song is off their 2002 album, ‘Red Letter Days’. It was never released as a single, but was used for an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigator. However, I know the song from the album. It was one of the standout tracks from that album for me.
The song is very aggressive and much heavier than anything before it. I big change for the band. It has this cool little guitar riff that is played throughout. It is just a couple of notes repeated over and over, but it works and is really cool. The overall guitar work on this was really exceptional and made it a really guitar-heavy song.
The aggressive nature of the song also leaked into the lyrics. The song appears to be about some catastrophic event, but is it a natural disaster, an apocalyptic event, or is it a metaphor for a relationship is all unclear. That is the great thing about the song, you can make it mean whatever you want it to mean.
Being this is in 2002 and after 9/11, this could be a bleak view of the “New Frontier” after such a horrific event. He states that “Got to learn how to pray / Love won’t be enough” is really a dark view point and a sign of that whatever we are doing isn’t enough to save us. To me, this kinda fits the song that maybe it is a shout-out to those events.