BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT, MOVE ON
Written by Jimmy Buffett
Performed by Jimmy Buffett
I bought a cheap watch from the crazy man
Floating down Canal
It doesn't use numbers or moving hands
It always just says "now"

Now you may be thinking that I was had
But this watch is never wrong
And if I had trouble the warranty said:
Breathe in, breathe out, move on

(Chorus)
And it rained
It was nothing really new
And it blew
Seen all that before
And it poured
The earth began to strain
Pontchartrain
Leaking through the door,
Tides at war

If a hurricane doesnt leave you dead
It will make you strong
Don't try to explain it just nod your head
Breathe in, breathe out, move on

And it rained
It was nothing really new
And it blew
Seen all that before
And it poured
The earth began to strain
Pontchartrain
Buried the 9th ward
To the 2nd floor

According to my watch, the time is now
The past is dead and gone
Don't try to shake it, just nod your head
Breathe in, breathe out, move on

Don't try to explain it, just bow your head
Breathe in... breathe out... move on...
Click here to listen to a low-quality .mp3 file of this song.
No pictures needed for this song.  We all have our own mental images from Katrina to call upon. 

I've had this CD for a while but somehow missed listening to this song until now.  I struck me the first time I heard it, and got better with each listening.  The simple philosophy espoused in this song may be crazy, or may just be the only way to stay sane through an ordeal such as Katrina.

Does the crazy watch seller perhaps understand his world better than those of us walking around with cell phones and laptops understand ours?

There are a number of songwriting techniques used in this song that will make it a favorite of mine for a long time to come:

1.  The music in the chorus really does give the listener a feel for waves rising and falling, ebbing and flowing.

2.  Slight changes to words as the song progresses:
Don't try to explain it, just nod your head
Don't try to shake it, just nod your head
Don't try to explain it, just bow your head.
I found the words "just bow your heads" particularly powerful.  Somehow, real strength comes in humility, in acknowledging that there are forces beyond our control that will affect us in ways we will never be able to understand.

3.  I also liked the unusual rhyming scheme in the chorus.
AB BC CA AB B
  Somehow this added to the wave pattern.  The music was in a rise-fall pattern, but the rhyme scheme was backwards to it in a fall-rise, fall-rise pattern that balanced it all.  
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