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i was looking forward to catching some waves
but now i'm just caught up
in the break water
plus i've got this lifeguard guy on my case
with his megaphone on
and he's going on
'stay between the flags'
but i'm flat on my face
and, 'it takes more than flippers
to be a good swimmer'
i guess i should've put 'em on
once i was in there
but i'm gonna make mistakes
'cause i'm just a beginner

it's getting embarassing
i think i might pack it in
but it gets easier
when i start backing in
i got a gold star
once for doggy paddling
when i was a youngster
but it just doesn't cut the mustard
when you're swimming in the sea
that's why i'll only go out up to my knees
nah
i might go a little deeper than that but
i'm happier if i can stand up
i've got some ham 'n' cheese sandwiches
my wallet, goggles and my keys
in my rucksack
somewhere safe where i can see from the sea
this kind of cold can cause your nut sack to retreat
you can't hang around when you're only kneedeep
your friends will splash ya
man they have ta
it's the rules and your balls they'll be after
so i would take a run up and dive in but
you might trip up
if you're wearing your flippers

i was looking forward to catching some waves
but now i'm just caught up
in the break water
plus i've got this lifeguard guy on my case
with his megaphone on
and he's going on
'stay between the flags'
but i'm flat on my face
and, 'it takes more than flippers
to be a good swimmer'
i guess i should've put 'em on
once i was in there
but i'm gonna make mistakes
'cause i'm just a beginner

i'm like a fish out of water
when i'm in the water
not like a fish
like i feel like i oughta
be
what with living so close to the sea and all
front crawl?
you must be jokin'
i'm attempting breast stroke
but i'm barely floatin'
just hopin'
that some of the energy i'm expendin'
will result in a little bit of forward momentum
at least
that was my intention

let's get some chips
climb the cliffs
find a seat looking out at the sea
i was on the beach once
looking out
and i saw a seal looking right back at me
looking right back at me
it was looking at me
that seal was looking at me

i was looking forward to catching some waves
but now i'm just caught up
in the break water
plus i've got this lifeguard guy on my case
with his megaphone on
and he's going on
'stay between the flags'
but i'm flat on my face
and, 'it takes more than flippers
to be a good swimmer'
i guess i should've put 'em on
once i was in there
but i'm gonna make mistakes
'cause i'm just a beginner
i was looking forward to catching some waves
but now i'm just caught up
in the break water
plus i've got this lifeguard guy on my case
with his megaphone on
and he's going on
'stay between the flags'
but i'm flat on my face
and, 'it takes more than flippers
to be a good swimmer'
i guess i should've put 'em on
once i was in there
but i'm gonna make mistakes
'cause i'm just a beginner

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from We Came Here Not For Gold, released May 26, 2011

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