The surface waters don’t tell you what the deep waters know”
Dallas Frazier wrote that song. I have had the opportunity on occasion to sit and talk with him. Often when I am around songwriters I will try to encourage them to talk about their creations and most are interested in doing so.
Once while sitting with a writer, I quoted most of the lyrics of his song to him. He then smiled and said, “You must be a musician.” I told him I had no musical talent whatsoever. He replied, “Well, one of the best compliments a writer can receive is when someone, especially a non performer, can quote your writings.”
I once asked Dallas about the birth of the song “Beneath Still Waters.” He told me that at the time he was living near a river. He woke up early one morning and walked outdoors. On this morning while looking at the river he thought how the surface waters of the river don’t always tell you what all is really going on underneath.
He then said that can also be true with people. He asked me, “Have you ever gone back to your hometown to a reunion with family, school, church or community?” I told him I had. “You see people there that things appear well and things look good, but later you learned the relationships were really not as they appeared on the surface. Beneath, things are very different.”
Still waters are not always a true indication of what is really going on. Appearances can often be deceiving and don’t always tell you “what the deep waters know.”
May 27, 2011