Water (by Lori Lieberman and 3JS)

by Lori Lieberman

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He was like that flood last winter That you couldn’t keep away Crashing up against my fortresses until I watched them break I was driven by his outburst I surrendered to his rage My shores were soaked and battered Nothing ever kept me safe Water, water, can you tell me How am I to live with this Just a slave to your disorder His destruction, my unrest Water, water can you help me Stay away and hold him down Long enough so he can’t find me Flying free on higher ground Finally free on higher ground I pretend I’m in the lowlands I’m protected by the walls Where a hundred years have come and gone And still somehow they’re strong Between the veins of silver-grey Here in my water land Where his fits of fluid anger Can’t uproot me where I stand Water, water, can you tell me How am I to live with this Just a slave to your disorder His intention, my unrest Water, water, can you help me Stay away and hold him down Long enough so he can’t find me Flying free on higher ground Finally free on higher ground…

about

The song, “Watermensen” was a huge hit for the group, The 3JS, in the Netherlands. When Lori Lieberman heard it for the first time, she contacted Jan Dulles, the group’s lead singer, to inquire about writing an English lyric to the classic melody. While the original song, he explained, details the stories of how the people in the Netherlands are challenged by its waters, Lieberman spoke to him about how in the U.S., water has presented its own terrifying challenges with the recent Hurricanes on the East Coast and New Orleans. Hence, “Water” came to be. A new recording of a classic song, from the artist who inspired another timeless song, “Killing Me Softly”.

"Water"

He was like the flood last winter
That you couldn’t keep away
Crashing up against my fortresses
Until I watched them break

I was driven by his outburst
I surrendered to his rage
My shores were soaked and battered
Nothing ever kept me safe

Water, water, can you tell me
How am I to live with this
I’m just a slave to your disorder
His destruction, my unrest

Water, water can you help me
Stay away and hold him down
Long enough so he can’t find me
Flying free on higher ground
Finally free on higher ground

I pretend I’m in the lowlands
I’m protected by the walls
Where a hundred years have come and gone
And still somehow they’re strong

Between the veins of silver-grey
Here in my water land
Where his fits of fluid anger
Can’t uproot me where I stand

Water, water, can you tell me
How am I to live with this
I’m just a slave to your disorder
His intention, my unrest
Water, water, can you help me
Stay away and keep him down
Long enough so he can’t find me
Flying free on higher ground
Finally free on higher ground…

credits

released November 24, 2013

written by Jaap Kwakman, Jaap Schilder, Jan Keuken, English lyric by Lori Lieberman
Acoustic guitar and vocal: Lori Lieberman
Electric guitar: Michael Eisenstein
Bass: Dan Lavery
Piano: Denise Jansen-Brand
Drums: Ryan MacMillan
Cello: John Krovoza
Engineered by Joseph Cali
Mixed and mastered by Ronald Prent and Darcy Proper for Wisseloord Studios, Netherlands.

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Lori Lieberman California

Leonard Cohen came up on stage with her and sang "Bird On A Wire". Don McLean invited her to participate in his doc, to tell her story of "Killing Me Softly". Judy Collins calls her a gifted songwriter. She has performed worldwide, with two sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall-the last, in 2019 with the Matangi Quartet from the Netherlands to celebrate her 19th album, “The Girl and the Cat”. ... more

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