"Tugboat" as written by and Michael Dean Wareham Damon Krukowski....
I don't wanna stay at your party
I don't wanna talk with your friends
I don't wanna vote for your president
I just wanna be your tugboat captain

It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd be happy
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd be happy

I don't wanna stay at your party
I don't wanna talk to your friends
I don't wanna vote for your president
I just wanna be your tugboat captain

It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd be happy
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd like to see
It's a place I'd like to be
It's a place I'd be happy


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"Tugboat" as written by Michael Dean Wareham Damon Krukowski

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  • +4
    General CommentPresumably written with Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison is mind - after leaving the VU he become somewhat of an isolationist, pursuing a Ph. D in midevil studies and becoming a tugboat captain. I think the song more generally is about escaping the trivialities of the social world, and reconnecting with life and nature. I think of a tugboat captain as someone who charters the vast, open waters. But then again tugboat captains have a specific destination they are heading to. So a tugboat captain is not entirely a recluse, but maintains just enough of a link to society to know why he no longer wants to be there. This song is then a call to let go of the modern world and return to a more natural, simple way of life.
    tubesockson September 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit so weird, I'd always tought this song said "open your presents"instead of "vote for your president". I thought it was a song about a whimsical and possesive character who desesperately craves attention, now I see it as a much more political song.
    elmedioon December 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA perfect little love song that has inspired at least two generations of indie songwriters since.

    And yes, the "tugboat captain" part is indeed a reference to Sterling Morrison, Dean Wareham's hero and main influence on guitar.
    leamancon March 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow. This song says so much without having to use a lot of words. It's just enough to give you an idea and lets you fill in the rest.
    hewitcmon April 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song.
    slinkstersarson July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBetter lyrics have not been written.
    smallwonderroboton April 10, 2005   Link

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