Poison in the Well

Natalie Merchant / Christian Burial Music © 1989

Tell me, what's gone wrong?
I tilt my head there, under the faucet
but when I turn it on
dry as paper
call the neighbors

Who's to blame for what's going on?
in the dark without a clue
I'm just the same as you

O, they tell us there's poison in the well
that someone's been a bit untidy
and there's been a small spill
not a lot, just a drop

But there you are mistaken
you know you are!

I wonder just how long
they knew our well was poisoned
but they let us just drink on

O, they tell us there's poison in the well
that someone's been a bit untidy
and there's been a small spill
all that it amounts to is a tear in a salted sea
someone's been a bit untidy
they'll have it cleaned up in a week

But the week is over
and now it's grown into years
since I was told that I should be calm
there's nothing to fear

But I drank that water for years
my wife and my children!

Tell me, where to now
if your fight for a bearable life
can be fought and lost in you backyard?

O, don't tell us there's poison in the well
that someone's been a bit untidy
that there's been a small spill
all that it amounts to is a tear in a salted sea

Someone's been a bit untidy
they'll have it cleaned up in a week