Rehab: Red Water Meaning
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Red Water Lyrics
While checkin' the mail
I was admiring the car
of the man next door
and thinkin' to myself (man)
one of these days
i'm gonna have me a house like that
with a big red door
and his yard was mowed
and his grass was green
anonymous Apr 9th, 2020 4:34am report
The lyrics to this song tell a story narrated as from Danny Boone’s perspective (it isn’t clear if this is an actual account of Danny’s as Rehab is a collaborative effort that has served as a flagship to the sub-genre for Rural artists who were raised on country music with the culture sewed deep throughout them, but found the delivery of rap as enticing in messing as it is effective in portrayal; birthing country stylized music that focuses on rhythm, beat and build for spoken or rapped verses between often changing choruses that add supporting depth to their hooks).
The narrative is about a boy who is at the edge of adolescence, and the heavy lesson he learned while witnessing his friend’s family as they suffer through an unsuspected loss.
The story begins on a presumably typical afternoon in which the boy notices his neighbor’s yard looks particularly well kept as he retrieves mail from his family’s mail box. He then reflects on how he has always admired his neighbor and the home he had built, prompting him to wonder how much money the neighbor had.
It is at this point that the hook of the song forest pulls back the curtains Boone’s recanter to reveal the neighbor had died of suicide. The narrative continues to the innocence of younger Boone with him watching cartoons as the neighbors family returns home from shopping at the mall. Younger Boone is able to to stall his friend and the mother door a final moment of living in the American Dream state-of-mind before they open the “big red door” unsealing the darkness that would be inherited by them both. He stalks them by rushing out from the comfort of his home to ask if his friend could come play catch. The moment is highlighted by Boone spreading out this portion with a few extra lines adding more clarity to the moment. Boone’s innocence being pulled away may not have been recognized by his friend as he recounts himself excusing way to grab his hat first.
Knowing more about American Suburban culture it is assemble that this moment also offers assurance Boone’s friend was spared the nightmare soaking his home, as he would have most likely remained waiting in either his or Boone’s yard.
It is here that Boone’s narrative is again disrupted by the hook and chorus, this time serving as a cut-away to the wife walking into a house that’s floors are sopping with bath water, leading her to a bath tub, overflowing, and a later husband who’s committed by assumably lanced wrists to a death of suicide.
Boone explains, no longer in direct first person narrative while not separating himself from the experience to impress a feeling of shock, the scene he returned to. A scene of screaming and crying and sirens. He contrasts the scene and further gives the response of shock by adding three line “it was a beautiful day” to the end of this verse. Then the chorus is sand to in a committed style which has Boone belting with lively emotion, changing the already familiarized lines’ cadence to emphasize the factors that hammered in the lesson Boone observed as his adolescence was coming to a close: money doesn’t buy happiness.
Or that is the first and most obvious cliché to be offered by the song. The one symbolism I am made curious but is the line that ends each chorus and hovers as soft melody to end the track; “and the stream on the mirror said, ‘I got one more thing to say …’.”
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