"Last Boat to America" as written by and David Gray....
Make me a boat
Away I'll float
Into the stillness of a pure blue sky
There's nothing here to hold me now
And I got no more tears to cry

Grant me a wish just one more kiss
Oh baby kiss me till the daylight's through
These are days of make believe
But there ain't nothing any fool can do

Pin another dream on my
'cause the night is bearing down
Baby let's got all the way this time

Sing me the truth sweet bird of youth
I got some trouble trying to understand
Beneath the veils of mystery
Are these the movements of an unseen hand

Our arms are full of sunken treasure baby
Now our heads are filled with perfect sound
But do we truly see it hey
Till we're placing it in the ground

Take just what you need from me
'cause the night is bearing down
Baby let't go all the way this time

Frost on my windowpane is forming

Don't pin that line on me oh no
Don't pin that line on me oh no
Don't pin that line on me oh no
Don't pin that line on me oh no

Baby let's go all the way this time
Won't you take me all the way this time
Baby let's go all the way this time
Make me a boat
Away I'll float
Into the stillness of a pure blue sky


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"Last Boat to America" as written by David Gray

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    General CommentThis song greatly reminds me of Freedom (both in the sound and content), but more emotional. Am I on to something?
    nickptaron May 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthe's said before that he wrote this song for his father, who died during the recording of A New Day at Midnight. i think a lot of the depression and melancholy one feels after losing a loved one is conveyed throughout the album, but this song in particular strikes me as a plea for an escape from intense emotion
    cfinger2585on June 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBeauty in simplicity, like so many of his songs.

    Personally, I agree with they say this was written for his father. However, I think in the song he is talking to a lover. He clearly has intense emotions bearing down on him but he asks the lover to grant him one wish... to give him affection to take his mind off of the depression that surrounds him.

    I also thought these lines were intriguing:
    "Now our heads are filled with perfect sound
    But do we truly see it hey till we're placing it in the ground"
    I think that he may be suggesting that perhaps, there is beauty around us but he also asks if we see it before one of our loved ones dies. He asks this because he has obviously found beauty in his lover following the death of his loved one. Maybe he thinks that he unfortunately didn't realize, or appreciate, before the death.

    The fuzzy rhythmic beat at the beginning emphasizes the monotony of dealing with death and depression. Yet, interestingly, it suddenly becomes lighter once he speaks of his lover, as if they are the ones who brightens his dreary world.

    One of my favorites. A true classic.
    stack10on July 24, 2007   Link

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