"Home Of The Whale" as written by and Owen Francis Hand....
Oh my love, he works upon the sea
On the waves that blow wild and free
He splices the ropes and he sets the sail
While southwards he roams to the home of the whale

And he never thinks of me far behind
Or the torments that rage in my mind
He is mine for only part of the year
Then I'm left all alone with only my tears

All ye ladies that smell of white rose
Thank ye for your perfume to wear on my gold
Thank ye all the wives and the babies that yearn
For the man never returns from hunting the sperm

Oh my love, he works upon the sea
On the waves that blow wild and free
He splices the ropes and he sets the sail
While southwards he roams to the home of the whale



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"Home of the Whale" as written by Owen Francis Hand

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    General CommentMassive Attack and Caroline Lavelle! I ADORE this song. The meaning is pretty straightforward, I think. Sung from the perspective of a wife whose husband is a whaler who is hunting a sperm whale. (The elusive white whale!) He's away for months on end. She's depressed about it. He never returns, presumably because he dies at sea (thus, sleeping without a headstone).

    I believe the correct 3rd stanza is:

    All ye ladies that smell of wild rose
    Think you for your perfume of where a man goes
    Think you of the wives and the babies that yearn
    For the man ne'er returns sleeping without a stone

    (Or that might be from another version of the song.)
    hallospacegirlon January 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is on the Massive Attack singles, it's strange because I was like "Home of the Whale" the I got the box set and was like ohh ok. Good song though.
    Kzlicon February 23, 2006   Link

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