Cold War Kids pay tribute to David Foster Wallace

Band write poem - and possible song - about late author

Cold War Kids have written a poem in tribute to author David Foster Wallace who committed suicide earlier this month.

The band explained on their Myspace blog that ‘This Is Water’ might be turned into a song.

“Those of you who are familiar with the writer David Wallace know how much his passing affects us all,” they wrote. “We wrote a short poem with him in mind that will hopefully become a song soon.”


Frontman Nathan Willett later told NME.COM that “the poem is kind of an ode to his Kenyon Commencement Speech. If you haven’t already read it, find it and read it now!”

The speech’s text was recently reprinted by The Guardian in tribute to the author.

Cold War Kids have named the writer of the 1996 novel ‘Inifinite Jest’ as a big inspiration for them in the past.

Wallace was found dead by his wife on Friday September 12.

The poem reads as follows:

‘This Is Water’


First thing you taught me

Was to keep digging inside

At my intentions

Keep asking why why why

Second thing you taught me

Was to be sincere

Not like all these smart alec sarcastics

Drowning in fear

You reminded me –

This is water! And

It feels good to swim!

After you hooked me and you reeled me up

And threw me out again

Talked like professors

You talked like policemen and whores

You became so many people

I felt like I had known them before

The third thing you taught me

Is that when I’m waiting in line

At the supermarket checkout

That my time is not worth more than your time

Your head like a lightning rod

Your heart a cocoon

We certainly won’t have another like you

Anytime soon.