Water Fountain

Lyrics and Music by TUnE-yArDs: Nate Brenner and Merrill Garbus

About TUnE-yArDs and Water Fountain from https://www.songfacts.com/facts/tune-yards/water-fountain

  • TUnE-yArDs is the music project of New England native Merrill Garbus. This clap-along tune was released as the first single from her third album Nikki Nack. Garbus worked on the project with bass player Nate Brenner at a studio in Oakland, California.

  • The song was inspired by a water fountain along Oakland's Lake Merritt. Garbus often brainstorms songwriting ideas whilst walking by the lake. She told NME: "I find there's a natural pace when you're walking, which helps me practice lyrics and rhythms in a stream-of-consciousness way."

  • The song has been interpreted by some as a commentary on the decline of the singer's community and others as being about worldwide water shortages. However Garbus told NME; "The songs aren't about anything. There's no way you can translate all those lyrics into one specific meaning. They're all over the place."

  • Garbus launched the Water Fountain fund in December 2014 dedicated to water issues around the world. The songstress contributes $1 from every ticket sold on tour to the fund, as well as a portion of revenue from sales and licensing of Nikki Nack. "I was having a lot of anxiety about water in my own community, where there has been a huge drought," Garbus told Billboard magazine. "Water is going to be a big source of conflict in the world."

Lyrics:

No water in the water fountain
No side on the sidewalk
If you say Old Molly Hare, whatcha doin' there?
Nothing much to do when you're going nowhere

Woohaw!
Woohaw!
Gotcha
We're gonna get the water from your house (your house)

No water in the water fountain
No wood in the woodstock
And you say old Molly Hare
Whatcha doin' there?
Nothing much to do when you're going nowhere

Woohaw!
Woohaw!
Gotcha
We're gonna get the water from your house (your house)

Nothing feels like dying like the drying of my skin and lawn
Why do we just sit here while they watch us wither til we're gone?
I can't seem to feel it
I can't seem to feel it
I can't seem to feel I'll kneel
I'll kneel I'll kneel the cold steel

You will ride the whip
You'll ride the crack
No use in fighting back
You'll sledge the hammer if there's no one else to take the flak
I can't seem to feel it
I can't seem to find it
Your fist clenched my neck
We're neck and neck and neck...

No water in the water fountain
No phone in the phone booth
And you say old Molly Hare
Whatcha doin' there
Jump back, jump back Daddy shot a bear

Woohaw!
Woohaw!
Gotcha
We're gonna get the water from your house (your house)

I saved up all my pennies and I gave them to this special guy
When he had enough of them he bought himself a cherry pie
He gave me a dollar
A blood-soaked dollar
I cannot get the spot out but
It's okay it still works in the store

Greasy man come and dig my well
Life without your water is a burning hell
Serve me up with your home-grown rice
Anything make me shit nice

Se pou zanmi mwen, se pou zanmi mwen
And the two-pound chicken tastes better with friends
A two-pound chicken tastes better with two
And I know where to find you so
Listen to the words I said
Let it sink into your head
A vertigo round-and-round-and-round
Now I'm in your bed
How did I get ahead?
Whoop!
Thread your fingers through my hair
Fingers through my hair
Give me a dress
Give me a press
I give a thing a caress
Would-ja, would-ja, would-ja

Listen to the words I say!
Sound like a floral bouquet
A lyrical round-and-roundandroundandround
Okay
Take a picture it'll last all day, hey
Your fingers through my hair
Do it 'til you disappear
Gimme your head
Gimme your head
Off with his head!
Hey hey hey hey hey

No water in the water fountain
Floral bouquet
A lyrical round-and-roundandroundandround
No side on the sidewalk
Take a picture it'll last all day, hey
And you say old Molly Hare, Hare
Nothing much to do when you're going nowhere

Woohaw!
Woohaw!

We're gonna get the water from your house, your house
We're gonna get the water from your house, your house
We're gonna get the water from your house, your house
We're gonna get the water from your house, your house

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