"Opel" as written by and Roger John Barrett....
On a distant shore, miles from land
Stands the ebony totem in ebony sand
A dream in a mist of gray
On a far distant shore
The pebble that stood alone
And driftwood lies half buried
Warm shallow waters sweep shells
So the cockles shine

A bare winding carcass, stark
Shimmers as flies scoop up meat, an empty way
Dry tears
Crisp flax squeaks tall reeds
Make a circle of gray in a summer way, around man
Stood on ground

I'm trying
I'm trying to find you!
To find you
I'm living, I'm giving,
To find you, To find you,
I'm living, I'm living,
I'm trying, I'm giving


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"Opel" as written by Roger John Barrett

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    General CommentNot sure on this, but it sounds to me like

    warm shallow waters sweeps shelves
    so the cockle's shy

    shelves being ridges or levels of sand (?) where cockles live, the cockle being shy because it peaks as the edge of the sea try's to tempt it but refusing to come out for anything but the deep. A world of permanent retreat and meaningless but well meaning people.

    And I'm sure it's
    crisp flax squeaks tall reeds

    and definitely
    stood on ground

    All about being beached, obviously
    Black&GreenAchilleson February 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm not sure about the meaning, but whenever i hear this song, i always just picture a shy boy on camera, looking uncomfortable, but the camera keeps on filming him while he sits there, trying to compose himself.
    kpg51876on November 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOn a distant shore, miles from land
    Stands the ebony totem in ebony sand
    A dream in a mist of gray...
    On a far distant shore...

    A totem can be a plant or a symbol of something, in this case a symbol. The symbol is a dream lost in the sands and also out of reach on the shores.

    The pebble that stood alone
    And driftwood lies half buried
    Warm shallow waters sweep shells
    So the cockles shine...
    Syd Barrett’s old self the him he wants to find is buried in the shore, and being hidden by bright shells.

    A bare winding carcass, stark
    Shimmers as flies scoop up meat, an empty way...
    Dry tears...

    his old self is dead (in Syd’s case probably from the fame) and everyone is pretty much picking apart what’s left of him.

    Crisp flax squeaks tall reeds
    Make a circle of gray in a summer way, around man
    Stood on ground...

    this is basically Syd wondering around the beach trying to find his way to his old self so that he can save it

    I’m trying
    I’m trying to find you!
    To find you
    I’m living, I’m giving,
    To find you, to find you,
    I’m living, I’m living,
    I’m trying, I’m giving


    He’s trying to find himself and that’s all that matters to himself.
    Onthelongviewon November 19, 2006   Link

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