Label: T. Rex Records - TRCD 094 • Format: CDr Unofficial Release • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
The song was written by Harvey, and self-produced Down By The Water - PJ Harvey - Lady Darkness Flood and John Parish. The song diverged significantly from Harvey's former indie rock and punk blues influence, opting to use electronic instruments such as a synthesized organ and an orchestral ensemble.
The lyrics narrate the story of a woman drowning her daughter and reference the traditional American folk song " Salty Dog Blues ". The song received critical acclaim upon its release, charting in CanadaIrelandthe United Kingdom and the United States.
The song opens with vocals and a heavy organ played by Harvey. As the song progresses it incorporates several more elements, including percussion instruments, drums, and Down By The Water - PJ Harvey - Lady Darkness orchestral ensemble.
Pete Thomas conducted the string parts for the song. The song's lyrics tell the story of a woman committing filicide. The woman drowns her daughter "down by the water" and "won't see her again". InHarvey used the song's lyrics in a Spin interview as an example to demonstrate that her songs were not autobiographical: "Some critics have taken my writing so literally to the point that they'll listen to 'Down by the Water' and believe I have actually given birth to a child and drowned her.
The song charted in four countries upon its release; peaking at number 78 in Canada,  number 28 in Ireland,  and number 38 in the United Kingdom.
Critical reception to "Down by the Water" was positive. Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine retrospectively noted the song was an Allmusic pick and called Harvey's songwriting "tighter and more melodic than before", adding that "the menacing 'Down by the Water' has genuine hooks.
Maria Mochnacz directed the music video for "Down by the Water". It was recorded with a large crew over the course of two days in Londonin contrast with the "anti- pop " video for "Man-Size", and was shot on 35mm film.
Two camera assistants, Seamus McGarvey and Mike Valentine, separately recorded the different scenes of the video; McGarvey recorded the dancing scenes and Valentine recorded the underwater scenes. The video features Harvey dancing in a red satin dress with a large wig and excessive make-up.
She dubbed her appearance " Joan Crawford on acid " in an interview with Spin in It was two days worth of jumping in and out of a swimming pool. Well, one day was just in the swimming pool and the other day was just dancing on a rotating platform but it was quite hard-going after all", adding "it was quite scary as well because I was jumping in with a wig which was really, really heavy so it was quite difficult to get to the surface again.
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