I awake from a long, deep sleep
In a leaky little boat on a wide blue sea
I spy no island, rock or shore
And the sea, she’s a-comin’ to me through a hole in the floor

And the tide come in and the tide go out
And the waves they come toss my little boat about
And the sky turn black and the sky turn blue
I got no pail, no sail, no anchor, too
Just a leaky little boat

And as I wake I look around
I have no notion where I’m bound
So many different colored boats I see
Are all leaky, lonely and driftin’
Just like me

And the tide come in and the tide go out….

I spy no island rock or shore
And the sea keeps a-comin’ to me through a hole in the floor
Of my leaky little boat

Alone, adrift, together are we
Slowly sinkin’ in a deep blue sea
But we smile and we wave
And we say, “I’m afraid…and I love you…and here we go…”


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    General Commentmy wife loves this song
    zigafuon June 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOne of my all time favorite songs as far as lyrics ago, and inspired my tattoo (along with Mekong). This is a huge metaphor for life, and not just our life, but everyone's lives. We are each in our own little boat that's leaking and will eventually sink with no sail, no anchor and no land in sight... and it's scary, but take heart, because we are ALL alone adrift together, so smile, wave, share in our fear together and love each other..."Here we go!"
    Youtube has an interview with Roger where he says he woke up in Mexico one day from a dream and had almost this entire song (chord progression, hook, lyrics, and the metaphor) all ready to just roll out of his head.
    DrThunderon September 06, 2017   Link

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