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Song: “The Water Run”

“The Water Run”

Behind the Song

Okay, I admit it: I really do have some old rusty pipes.

Every now and then, the water pours out yellowish-brown for a few seconds.

Gross. (It’s a little embarassing.)

But I realized one day: this ugly-lookin’ water is a good metaphor for ugly-lookin’ feelings.

Picture it: there you are, just going about your day, when some situation or word triggers a memory or feeling — and bam! — you are four-years old again.

Shaking with rage. Or burning with shame. Twitching with fear.

It’s natural to want to look away from that feeling, pretend it’s not there.

But in my experience, the feeling doesn’t go away. It sticks around, and is joined by dread and a great deal of struggle.

What I’ve learned from Acceptance & Committment Therapy is: if you look at the feeling long enough, it starts to fade. (Eventually.)

The water clears.

Lyrics

I got a pair of old steel pipes
running under my floor
They've been there since the house was built
for forty years or more

Some days when I turn the faucet on
and the water tumbles down
a bit of those pipes trickle in
a cloudy, rusty brown

Watch the water run,
watch the water run,
watch the water run,
the water run

I never know the hour
when the water'll get that taste
maybe when I brush my teeth
maybe when I wash my face

When it comes, I try to avoid it
I look the other way
but I can't hide the water's stain
when company comes to stay

Watch the water run,
watch the water run,
watch the water run,
the water run

I know I should just replace those pipes
but I don't have the tools or the time
Or the dough
to pay a pro
So I guess I'll have to live with the grime

The water clouded up the other day
and I let it go
I was fed up with pretending
I was curious to watch the flow

And as I watched, the color darkened
darker than I'd ever seen
but a handful of seconds later
the water ran clean

Watch the water run,
watch the water run,
watch the water run,
the water run

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