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The Dam At Otter Creek Lyrics

When all that's left to do
Is reflect on what's been done
This is where sadness breaths
The sadness of everyone

Just like when the guys built the
Dam at otter creek and all the
Water backed up
Deep enough to dive

We took the dead man...


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    Aug 15th, 2019 8:45am report

    The song "the Dam at Otter Creek" always had an eerie dark sense to it. It probably has nothing to do with the meaning of the song. But in 1994, a former Soldier and his wife were convicted of murdering their 5 year old daughter Alex Suleski. In 1989 the put the 5 year old in a plastic bag for vomiting, and then sealed the bag after the little girl defecated on herself in the bag and left her over night in the bag. the next morning they buried her in Otter Creek KY. The father came back the burial site years later to move the body, but only found the skull. He then smashed the girls skull to pieces and spread the fragments in Otter Creek and through the state of Kentucky.

    To this day 5 year old Alex's body remains somewhere at Otter Creek.


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    Apr 28th, 2011 4:38pm report

    I was thinking this was about baptism.

    Living in sin before and taking the dead man in sheets (baby unbaptized is a dead man) until he is baptized.

    God doesn't exist, so I don't really care much about what those wierdo christian cult people think, but that's my interpretation.

    You know them whack job christians. You're not "alive" unless you're one of them.


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    Dec 31st, 2009 12:58am report

    The real story......ed and friends used to dam up otter creek and dive into it. They were asked repeatedly not to do this by park management. A friend of theirs fell and got very very hurt. It was all over the news in York. This was before they were famous


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    Apr 6th, 2006 4:03pm report

    I believe this song is about our grief about death and our attachment to the past. The opening lyrics show this 'when all that's left to do, is reflect on what's been done...this is where sadness breaths'. The reference to the dam at otter creek means we build our attachment to the past and we can become trapped in grief ('deep enough to dive'). The line 'we took the dead man in sheets to the river flanked by love, deep enough to dive' again refers to our grief about death.

    The second verse refers to us leaving this grief and attachment 'leave the hearse behind...leave the curse behind'. leaving the hearse, or our attachment to the past frees us from the grief of death.

    the final line refers to the more bhuddist ideal of living now instead of living in the past


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    Jul 30th, 2005 7:42pm report

    This song is about an actual creek that runs down by the Susquennha River, on the Mason-Dixon Line, me and my friends frequently visit it. It is really about how people have hurt themselves jumping in Otter Creek, because there are signs posted everywhere that warn no swimming.

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