90s at 9 "Clumsy" Misreading Situations

Sometimes things require a little closer look.

Our Lady Peace released the song "Clumsy" from their second studio album Clumsy  in 1997. The song reached #5 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. It remained in the top 10 for 15 straight weeks. It was included on the I Know What You Did Last Summer Soundtrack.

From Songfacts:

Lead singer Raine Maida said: "There's a connection between the song 'Clumsy' and it being the title of the album. There's a line in the song that says: 'I'll be waving my hand/watching you drown/watching you scream', it's about seeing something but not seeing it for what it really is. It's about decisions. That image of 'waving your hand/watching you drown,' is about seeing someone in the water, they're waving at you, and you're just waving back, not realizing that they're drowning. Or you think they're drowning, but they're just waving at you. It's those weird situations where you just take something at face value, but you can be so wrong. You have to look deeper and question things. I think it's something that too many people don't do these days. We're so inundated with the f--king media, and you just believe it. How many times, not just to focus on us, have we read an interview or an article where we've been completely misquoted? We're just some small band, when you think about some of the major players and you really have to question how true it all is."    

Our Lady Peace "Clumsy" 1997