Rowboat
Coal Chamber Lyrics


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Love is in the air
Blinding me with smoke
You are the air I breathe
When I choke

Butterflies in the jar
Butterflies in the jar
Butterflies in the jar
So breathless

Get out of my rowboat

Captured my heart
Goodies in the basket
Stuttering the ways
I love you, honey

Insects, in your kiss
Insects, in your kiss
Insects, in your kiss
You are my sunshine

Get out of my rowboat

Get out
Get out
Get out

Get out
Get out of my
Get out
Get out of my

Get out of my rowboat

Get out
Get out of my
Get out




Get out of my
Get out of my rowboat

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Coal Chamber's song Rowboat appear to be about a turbulent and possibly abusive relationship. The opening line, "Love is in the air, blinding me with smoke" suggests a suffocating and overwhelming love that has become toxic. The metaphor of butterflies in a jar, which is repeated multiple times, could represent feeling trapped or powerless, unable to escape the situation. The singer is stuck in this cycle, where their partner is both the air they need to breathe and the cause of their choking. The repeated command to "get out of my rowboat" seems to be the singer's way of trying to break free and regain control of their situation.


The second verse includes more imagery of being trapped, such as being captured and having goodies in a basket, which reinforces the idea of being stuck like the butterflies in the jar. The addition of insects in the kiss, and the line "stuttering the ways I love you, honey" suggest that this is an unhealthy and potentially dangerous relationship. The final chorus repeats the demand to get out of the rowboat, emphasizing the singer's need to escape this situation.


Line by Line Meaning

Love is in the air
Love is around me, but it's mixed with smoke that's blinding me.


Blinding me with smoke
There's so much smoke that it's making it hard to see.


You are the air I breathe
You're everything to me, like air that I need to survive.


When I choke
But sometimes the love is suffocating, like I'm choking on it.


Butterflies in the jar
The love between us is delicate, like butterflies in a jar.


Butterflies in the jar
The love between us is still fragile and easily broken.


Butterflies in the jar
The love between us feels trapped and confined, like insects in a jar.


So breathless
All of these emotions are overwhelming, causing me to feel breathless.


Get out of my rowboat
I can't handle this anymore, I need you to leave me alone.


Captured my heart
You've won me over and now have control over my heart.


Goodies in the basket
You have sweet and appealing qualities that attract me.


Stuttering the ways
You make me stumble over my words and actions because of how much I like you.


I love you, honey
Through it all, I still love you and care about you deeply.


Insects, in your kiss
Our kisses are passionate and intense, but they also feel like they're crawling with insects.


Insects, in your kiss
While our love and intimacy is still strong, it also has its flaws and imperfections.


Insects, in your kiss
Our love can feel suffocating and unsettling, like the presence of insects.


You are my sunshine
Despite all of this, you still bring me happiness and light in the darkness.


Get out
I need you to leave me alone and give me space.


Get out
I can't handle this anymore, I need you to go away.


Get out
I'm overwhelmed and need you to leave me alone.


Get out of my
I need you to remove yourself from my life completely.


Get out
I need you to stop bringing chaos and pain into my life.


Get out of my rowboat
I need you to remove yourself from my life completely, so I can find peace and stability.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: MIKE COX, BRADLEY JAMES FAFARA, RAYNA FOSS, MIGUEL RASCON

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Comments from YouTube:

@PatrickCanney

This is one of the greatest, most heaviest banging tracks ever. Probably comparable to Roots Bloody Roots. Shame it's such a slept on masterpiece.

@rainbowslushy223

haha i just came from roots bloody roots

@inmyruins

You’re an idiot comparing this to Roots. It’s slept on because it sucks just like every Coal Chamber song not named Big Truck. Low-IQ music for low-IQ people.

@charlesjenkins7130

Thanks for reminding me of Roots Bloody Roots!

@JESUS_IS_KING2024

love the guitar riffs

@vxern2430

They were written by Flood

@SkullfxceOS

Still banging this out my speakers in 2019.

@QuantumMind88

IDHmusic me too! I’ll always rock this no matter how old it gets!

@SkullfxceOS

@@QuantumMind88 Good choice man!

@QuantumMind88

IDHmusic fuckin a right!

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