"Widow's Walk" as written by and Suzanne Vega....
Consider me a widow, boys
And I will tell you why.
It's not the man, but it's the marriage
That was drowned.

So I walk the walk
And wait with watchful eye out to the sky,
Looking for a kind of vessel
I have never found.

Though I saw it splinter
I keep looking out to sea,
Like a dog with little sense,
I keep returning,

To the very area where
I did see the thing go down
As if there's something at the site
I should be learning.

That line is the horizon.
We watch the wind and set the sail,
But save ourselves when all omens
Point to fail.

If I tell the truth
Then I will have to tell you this
Though I grieve (and I believe
I feel it truly)

But I knew that ship was empty
By the time it hit the rocks,
We could not hold on
When fate became unruly.

So consider me a widow, boys,
And I have told you why.
Does the weather say
A better day is nearing?

I'll set my house in order now
And wait upon the Will
It's clear that I need
Better skill in steering

That line is the horizon.
We watch the wind and set the sail,
But save ourselves when all omens
Point to fail.


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"Widow's Walk" as written by Suzanne Vega

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    General CommentI've also heard this called "The Windows Talk".

    This song is an extended metaphor, comparing the break-up of a relationship to the loss of a ship at sea. Although the narrator knows the love in her life is gone ("I knew that ship was empty by the time it hit the rocks") she can't seem to accept its absence entirely ("Though I saw it splinter I keep looking out to sea"). Like the survivor of a disaster, she is doing her best to learn lessons from the love she has lost, but reflects somewhat bitterly on human nature in both seafaring and relationships.
    kirotourmalineon May 30, 2007   Link

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