Sinking ship, how long can you hold still?
Your illness spills against my face
Sinking ship, how long can you hold still?
Oh can't you feel the coming waves
A perfect Sunday portrait of my mother
Painting horses all alone
Of lovers and of leavers still believing
They are free to come back home

Oh
Oh
Oh

Sinking ship, how long can you hold still?
Your illness is all that you are
A portrait of my father as a baby
Sleeping underneath the stars
A small pill of forgiveness I am giving to myself
It's what I need
A small gift of fulfillment
I am hoping you will open and recieve

Oh
Oh
Oh

Sinking ship, how long can you hold still?
Your illness fills this empty room
A portrait of your lover
Softly drowning in the warm waters of June
A perfect Sunday portrait of my mother
Sending signals through the drums
A portrait of my sadness finding shelter
In the safety of my home

Oh
Oh
Oh


Lyrics submitted by mrtrout, edited by Geekmuffin

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    General CommentSorry if i'm way off here but...I think sinking ship is something that cannot be saved or avoided. Perhaps it is death or corruption destroying perfect portraits of life. You may see it coming and have guilt for not being able to do anything about it but then you have to realize that it's beyond your control, you have to forgive yourself and make the best of things. "A small pill of forgiveness I am giving to myself, it's what I need A small gift of fufillment I am hoping you will open and recieve "

    However all these thoughts about a sinking ship might make you think more carefully about things and might "fill this empty mirror" sort to speak. You can't seem to escape the sinking ship either. A portrait of my sadness finding shelter in the safety of my home". I guess the sinking ship, whatever it is manages to creep up on you and brings you down.

    OK now i'm totally lost on the signals though the drums thing. I'm kind of disapointed no one else commented on this song. *boo hoo*
    cynicalbabyon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commentdrums often portend war or conflict, perhaps signifying whatever it is that is destroying perfection, as cynical said.
    wake up jeffon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe this is a very early version of "Sailing Through", though the melody is quite different.
    Cynothoglyson July 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps he's talking about himself, the sinking ship. Since Mangum was a drummer.
    ExoM7on July 08, 2010   Link

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