“the water’s sweet but blood is thicker”

Hey brother, there’s an endless road to rediscover.

That’s what I’m saying. Don’t let life get boring. Rediscover mundane things you forget to take wonder in, and find exciting. This might be our only chance at life, take it by the balls! Never let yourself become complacent; there are infinite discoveries to be made, and remade. Notice something new on the same road, path, or hallway you always take.

Hey sister, know the water’s sweet but blood is thicker.

I’ve heard that many people mistake this to mean relatives are more important than friends, but that it actually means blood shed together in battle is thicker than the water in which you reside in the womb. I can’t be sure, but I would interpret the sweet water in this song to be material or superficial offerings by those who have no stake in your life. There may be people who offer you things, money, success, their own beauty, but just remember what is more important.

The struggles you have gone through together, the friends who you have shed blood with; these are the people who have a more deep connection with you than exciting strangers who offer the world. Fame and fortune may be sweet, but never forget where you came from and who shaped you and who was by your side when it mattered. It may just so happen, as for me in many cases, that the thick blood shed also happens to be the same blood running through each of your veins.

Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you,
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.

For those whose “blood I share”, and for those with whom I’ve shed blood metaphorically. If there are those in your life who would do anything for you, I should hope you’re damn well prepared to do anything for them. All trade is not monetary. Isn’t it sad to offer your love, and get none in return? Don’t waste your energy on people who are not willing reciprocate when the sky comes falling down for you.

Hey brother, do you still believe in one another?
Hey sister, do you still believe in love, I wonder?

This is two ways of saying the same basic thing. Have we lost faith in our fellow man? Do we believe that humans are basically good or bad? Have you become disenfranchised with life, depressed by the media, disheartened by the evil capabilities you see in humanity? Is love even real, or possible? Try not to be too cynical. Believe in, or even trust your companions, but not blindly. Love, but not without receiving. Don’t blame all of humanity for a few bad people’s actions. Look for the best in people, but don’t allow them to take advantage of your good will.

What if I’m far from home?
Oh, brother I will hear you call.

You can be far from home in the only place you’ve ever lived. Sometimes it is a state of mind, and we need to help our friends come back to a good place. Or it may get back to the strangers that offer you sweet water, and then abandon you; blood is thicker and those who are truly by a person’s side will come back when they are needed. And keep in mind that people do not always ask to be helped; hearing someone’s call could be tougher than it seems in some situations.

What if I lose it all?
Oh, sister I will help you out!

Same idea, right? Losing “it all” can take many forms, doesn’t have to be monetary. I think we are pack animals to some degree, and sometimes it is tough to be alone. At least I know I have the best times with true friends, the kinds you share a figurative (maybe literal, I don’t know how you guys roll) blood pact with. And who doesn’t love cuddling? I may be getting off topic. Or maybe it’s all related?

I may have recently been nervous of being judged for writing so sentimentally, but that’s part of my new thing, doing it for me, because life’s too short to not be yourself.

Oh, if the sky comes falling down for you,
There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.


3 thoughts on ““the water’s sweet but blood is thicker”

  1. Lots of things to muse about here. One thing that stood out to me is about how we should look for the best in people but not let them take advantage of you. It reminds me of something I’ve heard, I think from St. Josemaria Escriva, where he says each of us should be a carpet that makes life more comfortable for other people, but not a doormat.

    • That’s a perfect way to put it, and I think it may be tough for some people to tell where the doormat stops and the carpet begins. That’s why I like to frame things as a trade; if someone can always rely on you, and they are nowhere to be found when you need them… that would seem to lean towards doormat.

  2. I’m liking it. Nice reflection. I was wondering about the “water’s sweet” thing, which led me here. What I’ve seen before have been biblical references about “stolen water is sweet”, referring to infidelity. What led you to your conclusion?

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