Don't Go Near the Water
The Beach Boys Lyrics


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Don't go near the water
Don't you think it's sad
What's happened to the water
Our water's going bad

Oceans, rivers, lakes and streams
Have all been touched by man
The poison floatin' out to sea
Now threatens life on land

Don't go near the water
Ain't it sad
What's happened to the water
It's going bad

Don't go near the water
Don't go near the water

Toothpaste and soap will make our oceans a bubble bath
So let's avoid an ecological aftermath
Beginning with me
Beginning with you

Don't go near the water
To do it any wrong
To be cool with the water
Is the message of this song

Let's all help the water
Right away




Do what we can and oughta
Let's start today

Overall Meaning

The Beach Boys' song "Don't Go Near the Water" is an environmental protest song that highlights the dangerous impact of industrialization on the world's natural resources. The opening lines set the tone for the song, cautioning listeners against approaching the water. The lyrics express sadness over the state of the world's water and its contamination from human activities. The song then goes on to highlight the effects of human activities on oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams.


The second stanza starts with "The poison floating out to sea, now threatens life on land." This line is a significant statement on the impact of pollution caused by industrial activities, including oil spills and toxic effluents, on the health of the environment and humans. The chorus repeats the warning not to go near the water and emphasizes the importance of taking corrective measures to restore the quality of the water.


The final verse highlights the responsibility of individuals to work towards change. The lyrics suggest that starting with small changes, including avoiding the use of harmful chemicals such as toothpaste and soap, can go a long way in promoting ecological sustainability.


Overall, "Don't Go Near the Water" is a call to action to consider the role of individual responsibility in protecting the environment, as well as to think about the broader societal and governmental changes needed to ensure lasting sustainability.


Line by Line Meaning

Don't go near the water
It is advised to refrain from going near the water due to its alarming state


Don't you think it's sad
The situation is deplorable and the singer is seeking an agreement in this regard


What's happened to the water
The singer is questioning the current condition of the water


Our water's going bad
The water is deteriorating and its quality is getting worse


Oceans, rivers, lakes and streams
All the major sources of water are being affected by human activities


Have all been touched by man
Human influence is responsible for the contamination of water bodies


The poison floating out to sea
The pollutants released in the water are spreading to the oceans


Now threatens life on land
The contamination of water is adversely affecting the ecosystem and the livelihood of people


Toothpaste and soap will make our oceans a bubble bath
Even casual interaction with water can cause harm due to the presence of harmful chemicals in personal care products


So let's avoid an ecological aftermath
Preventing further harm to the environment is necessary to avoid a disastrous outcome


Beginning with me
The singer is willing to take personal responsibility towards preventing water pollution


Beginning with you
The artist is urging the listeners to also play an active role in protecting the water bodies


To do it any wrong
Any negligence in handling water pollution can lead to disastrous consequences


To be cool with the water
Taking care of the water bodies should be a priority and not an afterthought


Is the message of this song
The song intends to spread awareness and promote responsible behavior towards water bodies


Let's all help the water
Everyone should make efforts towards improving the quality of water


Right away
Immediate actions are required to mitigate the damage caused to water bodies


Do what we can and ought to
Individuals should make appropriate choices and take necessary measures to prevent water pollution


Let's start today
The process of taking responsibility towards water bodies should begin immediately




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: Alan C. Jardine, Mike E. Love

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