I heard a story about a boy
who was swept off the deck
The sweeping tide swept the sea over his neck
But it did not end there, the boy began to swim
And dared to the sea that dared to invade him
did you ever want to know me
did you ever feel like you could
it's a silent steeple
that carries us down
it's a silent steeple
But the sea wouldn't so much as reply
So the boy swore to the ships that were fated to die
Red sky at night, sailors delight
Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning
sail on, take it back, sail on, take it back, sail on, take it back
We were going with the wind in our hair
And we didn't want to look back 'cause if we did
We would not care
And if we all were to die now
Well it wouldn't be that bad
'Cause that boy in the waves said
he'd give us everything
Everything he had
To go on and trace that scar,
like we did ten years before
chorus
sail on, take it back, sail on, take it back, sail on, take it back
sail on, take it back, sail on, take it back, sail on, take it back, sail on....


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    General Commentwell all dispatch songs i think are awesome..some i dont understand their lyrics..like what they mean or if they are just lots of random things...if some reads this put up another comment to tell if u understnd the songs bye
    juss719on February 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf anyone knows what the meaning of this song is just respond to this, thanx
    RockOnon February 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim not to sure on this one.but here goes... i saw the ocean trying to take the boys life being a comparison to a person trying to bully and strip someone of their thoughts and individuality. The chorus simply says what gives you the right to take anything from me? you dont even know me.
    The silent steeple part (i think) is saying its the silence and lack of communication that causes the rift between these people
    there are parts of this i dont exactly understand but they all contibute to the bigger message this song delivers. let me know waht you think.
    apryl008on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentim not sure what it means, i think apryl008 is on to something, but i just think this song musically is badass. reminds me of like a spanish duel or something, one of my favorite songs.
    Gh_osTon September 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI personally think this song is about Jesus Christ, Spatch is fairly religious (I think Brad and Chad are devoted christians) Here's my explanation: "I heard a story about a boy ...But it did not end there, the boy began to swim
    And dared to the sea that dared to invade him." When JC (Jesus Christ) came to earth was about twleve when he found that he was the Son of God (boy), and he was suddenly swept into a lifestyle in which he would end up being ridiculed a whole lot (dared to the sea that dared to invade him., but he accepted (...began to swim) The silent steeple part is the quiet yet powerful mission of JC that brings us away from sin. But when the people rejected him the boy pomised to sacrifice himself (but the sea wouldn't reply, ...swore to the ships...to die)
    The red sky thing is a saying, its about weather and how you can tell from the sky, this line is JC's message that people should be thankful for what they've been given, but not take everything as a blessing, sometimes the same thing can be a warning too. The sail on take it bcak part, is God saying "you have to die on the cross" and Jesus, like he did in the bible saying (more or less) take it back. The boy in the waves gave us everything he had (Jesus gave love, forgiveness,life, legacy), and the part about the scar and ten years before probly relates to when everyone was a kid and God was in the sky and he loved you period end of story, and there will be a point where we lose that feeling and gain it back. My favorite song of all time EXCEPT if you wanna hear a great version DL Steeples except make sure the album is Gut the Van its about seven minutes long and is the best song I've heard thus far.
    greggon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI THINK THAT IT IS ABOUT A YOUNG BOY WHO IS DIFFRENT FROM SOCIETY AND HE IS TRYING TO GET EVERY1 ELSE TO BECOME DIFFRENT. DISPATCH USES THE SEA AT A METAFOR FOR SOCIETY. THE BOY IS TRYING TO CHANGE SOMETHING IN THE WORLD AND NO MATTER HOW HOPLESS AND IMPOSSIBLE HE WILL CONTIUE TO TRY. I GOT THE DAVID VS GOLIATH PICTURE DURING THIS SONG FOR SUM REASON. WELL ANYWAYS THE BOY I THINK COULD BE JESUS BCUZ HE GIVES EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO GO ON, AS THEY SAY. AND AT THE END WITH THE "SAIL ON, TAKE IT BACK" I THINK THAT IT IS REFERING TO THE BOY WANTING TO DO THIS ON HIS OWN AND THIS IS HIS FIGHT AND OTHERS SHOULDNT GET INVOLVED?

    WELL THATS MY 2COINS LATER
    lilsalinion April 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgregg, you did a pretty good job
    warnerjon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti would like to agree with gregg, being a christian and all, but it seems that in this song and also in 'Questioned Apocalypse', Spatch is exploring their negative thoughts on christianity. The picture put forth in this song depicts a boy who fell into christianity and was taken down and drowned by it(hence "its a silent steeple that carries us down" its silent because God is silent and does not seem to respond or benefit him and its carrying him down--drowning him). At the same time others flew past him and enjoyed life. The sea, being christianity or God himself "wouldnt so much as reply"..this could mean he dove into christianity and it did nothing for him except hold him back while others were living their lives (also referring to the "silent" thing). "We were going with the wind in our hair and we didnt want to look back cuz if we did we would not care" suggests that others who didnt make the mistake of going into the ocean were enjoying living their lives without Christianity bogging them down..The "sail on, take it back" seems to be the boy saying "sail on" dont stop and make the mistake i made ...because he wants to "take it back"...I might agree with gregg if it wasnt for "Questioned Apocalypse" in which Spatch definitely explores their doubts about christianity and their temptation to "change their minds"
    laureleafon March 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgregg, your explanation is great! i've always felt that dispatch music was very spiritual, and i always interpreted songs differently than most people. for example, walk with you, elias, and out loud are all about God... for me, at least. anyway, this song is amazing- its great to listen to on a plane if you're sitting at a window seat.
    duckymegon June 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song, awesome band...not being a religious person, however, i wish that this song (and other songs for that matter) wasn't purely based on religious symbolism. Am i going to sit hear and say that I would lose respect for Dispatch or those who believe there songs are filled with Christian undertones? Absolutely not.

    But why can't this song be purely about individuality?
    tidd42on July 23, 2007   Link

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