"Ocean" as written by and Lou Reed....
Here comes the ocean
And the waves down by the sea
Here comes the ocean
And the waves, where have they been?

Silver and black at night
Kiss to a summer's night
An empty splendid castle

Bowing alone at night
Princess has had a fright
Madness is out of love for her

Here come the waves
Down by the shore
Washing the soul of the body
That comes from the depth of the sea

Here comes the ocean
And the waves down by the sea
Here comes the ocean
And the waves, where have we been?

Don't swim tonight my love
The tide is out my love
..

Only..
In which rulers..
Revel in heaven's justice

Here come the waves
And save for a scream
There's much like a song
To be heard in the wind that blows from the sea

Here come the waves
Here come the waves
Here come the waves
Here come the waves
Here come the waves
Here come the waves


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    General CommentThis song is beautiful.
    iwishiwason August 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhen i first heard this, a lot of it sounded uncannily similar to the story of Abarat (series of books by Clive Barker). not all of it, mind you, but a good enough amount to make me think. for those of you who have read the books, i shall demonstrate:

    Here comes the ocean
    And the waves down by the sea
    Here comes the ocean (the waves of the Izabella sea are called by Candy to the plains of Minnesota)
    And the waves, where have they been? (the Abarat hasn't been in contact with the Hereafter in many years)

    Silver and black at night
    Kiss to a summer's night
    An empty splendid castle (the abandoned lighthouse in which is the game of Light that calls the Izabella)

    Bowing alone at night (both Candy and Mischief believe they are alone, /bowing/ in the tall grass)
    Princess has had a fright (the spirit of princess Boa lives in Candy, who is obviously frightened of whatever might be in the field with her)
    Madness is out of love for her (Christopher Carrion, whom we can all assume is quite mad, killed Boa out of love and jealousy when he found out she was to be married)

    Here come the waves (again, the arrival of the Izabella)
    Down by the shore
    Washing the soul of the body ("washing", in this case, implies that Boa's soul is awakening within Candy the very moment she jumps into the Izabella)
    That comes from the depth of the sea (Boa spent her life in the Abarat, which is in the Izabella)

    Don't swim tonight my love (from the viewpoint of Candy's mother, who can't live without her)
    The tide is out my love (indicating that the Izabella is returning to the Abarat)

    Only..
    In which rulers.. (the Princess Boa)
    Revel in heaven's justice ("Heaven's justice" implying that when the Princess Boa returns to the Abarat, justice and peace will return to the islands)

    Here come the waves (Izabella)
    And save for a scream
    There's much like a song
    To be heard in the wind that blows from the sea (these three lines are a little more indepth: the song that "blows from the sea" is the promise of adventure and excitement from the Abarat. however, the "scream" represents the danger there as well. namely, Carrion.)

    so there's my analyzation of the song. of course, it would be an incredible coincidence if this were actually what the song was intended to mean...
    i_am_a_little_roseon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell, i just thought about it, and there's another meaning for the line "an empty splendid castle"
    in the second book, Candy wanders into an "empty splendid castle", which happens to be the princess Boa's castle. however, it seems to make more sense with the lighthouse interpretation, seeing as all the other meanings i had come up with were from the first book, not the second.
    i_am_a_little_roseon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI may be way off here, but isn't the first (and repeated) segment of lines ["here comes the waves..."], part of a Lou Reed song?
    keller8902on March 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti can't believe that no one's ever mentioned this on this page, but this is a cover of The Ocean by The Velvet Underground--a quite beautiful one at that.

    it simply sounds like the ultimate song describing despair and loneliness.
    citizen_erasedon July 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love ambulance ltd, but this song is incredibly boring.
    chewbeccaon March 04, 2005   Link

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