"Bring Me Some Water
" is a 1988 Melissa Etheridge
song as well as her debut single.
Melissa Etheridge wrote the song after the initial version of her debut album was rejected by the recording company, which left her only four days to provide new material and a modified edition of the album. At the time, she was residing in Los Angeles
while her girlfriend, Kathleen, lived elsewhere, so Etheridge had reluctantly agreed to make theirs a non-monogamous relationship. The song tells about the pain and jealousy arising from thoughts of her lover being intimate with someone else. There are many metaphors in the lyrics describing her emotional state, principally the chorus line: "Somebody bring me some water - can't you see I'm burning alive." Many other songs on the album deal with the same subject.
Musically, "Bring Me Some Water" is a classic rock song with some blues themes. During an interview featured on the bonus DVD of The Road Less Traveled
, Etheridge says:
Furthermore, she states that, of all the songs she has written, "Bring Me Some Water" is the one with the highest recognition value and that wherever she plays the song in the world, everybody at her concerts knows the song after the first seconds of the intro.Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled
Etheridge has collaborated with contemporary pop musicians on two notable recorded-live television performances of this song: Joan......