Walk on the Ocean

Album: Fear (1991)
Charted: 18
Play Video
  • We spotted the ocean at the head of the trail
    Where are we going, so far away
    And somebody told me that this is the place
    Where everything's better, everything's safe

    Walk on the ocean
    Step on the stones
    Flesh becomes water
    Wood becomes bone

    And half an hour later we packed up our things
    We said we'd send letters and all those little things
    And they knew we were lying but they smiled just the same
    It seemed they'd already forgotten we'd came

    Now we're back at the homestead
    Where the air makes you choke
    And people don't know you
    And trust is a joke

    We don't even have pictures
    Just memories to hold
    That grow sweeter each season
    As we slowly grow old Writer/s: DEAN DINNING, GLEN PHILLIPS, RANDAL GUSS, TODD NICHOLS
    Publisher: O/B/O CAPASSO
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • Lafeuille from CanadaThe chorus is the key that unlocks the meaning of this song: walk on the ocean (walk on the beach) step on the stone (get high) flesh becomes water wood becomes bone (sexual arousal). The verses provide the context.
  • David From BronxWalk on the ocean refers to a pending sea voyage
    Flesh becomes water refers to the fact that flesh is mostly water and with water we are one
    Wood become bone refers to the Ship becoming a living thing
  • JoshMan, I have always been a very family conscious person, and this song always made me think about leaving my grandparents’ house. It makes me think of leaving someone behind to go back to smaller and worse things.
  • Sean from MichiganBeing Irish descent, I always felt it described the emigration lf Irish people in the 1800's, leaving their homeland in hopes of a better life, yet not knowing where they're going. Then arriving in NYC, they were ridiculed and despised. Always longing for home but never to return. Many didn't even survive the "walk on the ocean".
  • Rudeboy from PennsylvaniaGreat Song!!! Boy do I miss the 90's and all the Great bands! Today's music SUCKS!
  • Ken from TexasThis song makes me cry. I'm not sure why. Before I ever read the lyrics, I heard the line, "Wood becomes bone" as "Woe becomes hope". Songs that pour out of a writer with minimal effort are often the best. The universe speaks to us on multiple levels.....we just have to listen.
  • Jim from UsaOdd that they say the lyrics were mostly random. It comes across as something profound about insincere small talk and people in general.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs

Richard Butler of The Psychedelic FursSongwriter Interviews

Psychedelic Furs lead singer Richard Butler talks about their first album since 1991 and explains what's really going on in "Pretty In Pink."

Queen

QueenFact or Fiction

Scaramouch, a hoople and a superhero soundtrack - see if you can spot the real Queen stories.

Petula Clark

Petula ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.

Penny Ford of Snap!

Penny Ford of Snap!Songwriter Interviews

The original voice of Snap! this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.

Ian Astbury of The Cult

Ian Astbury of The CultSongwriter Interviews

The Cult frontman tells who the "Fire Woman" is, and talks about performing with the new version of The Doors.

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard

Joe Elliott of Def LeppardSongwriter Interviews

The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.