Sonny works the graveyard shift at the casket company
Banging nails to the tune of 250 a week, he never gets a paid holiday
He’s got a couple of hopes that he can’t afford
Eating at the back of his soul
When he climbs his way out of the ditches he digs
He falls right into another hole…


And the sun still rises
And the city decays
And if you listen real hard you can hear the sounds
of your dreams when they’re runnin’ away…


Eve looked like Elke Sommer did way back in ’63
She kicks the press all night in the old buckle factory
The day her husband left, he left her feeling like a fool
Now she shakes the pickup lines and breaks the picket lines
Just to put his damn kids through school


And the sun still rises
And it’s breaking her heart
And if you look real hard you can see the cracks
in your dreams when they’re falling apart…


and everybody knows…that’s just how it goes…


The first time Sonny saw her, tears were streaming down her face
It was the most beautiful thing that he’s ever seen in the heart of this goddamned place
With all her plans and his calloused hands
You know they’ve made a happy home
Now they’re trapped like rats in a sinking ship
But at least they’re not alone


And the sun still rises
And the city decays
And if you listen real hard you can hear the sounds
of your dreams when they’re running away…
And it’s okay.


Lyrics submitted by Blaupunked

Sinking Ship song meanings
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