"Sea Song" as written by and Robert Ellidge....
You look different every time you come
From the foam-crested brine
Your skin shining softly in the moonlight
Partly fish, partly porpoise, partly baby sperm whale
Am I yours? Are you mine to play with?
Joking apart - when you're drunk you're terrific when you're drunk
I like you mostly late at night you're quite alright

But I can't understand the different you in the morning
When it's time to play at being human for a while please smile!
You'll be different in the spring, I know
You're a seasonal beast like the starfish that drift in with the tide
So until your blood runs to meet the next full moon
You're madness fits in nicely with my own
Your lunacy fits neatly with my own, my very own

We're not alone


Lyrics submitted by DonCaballero

"Sea Song" as written by R. Wyatt

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    General CommentThis is one of the most lovely love songs ever written -I can't believe no one else has commented on it! I love wyatt's poetic turn of phrase.
    Birdyon February 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is uber creepy. I can't put my finger on it. It's like a really strange photo where you know that is *someting* wrong with the picture, *something* out of place. It's like when you feel you're being watched, but you turn around and see nothing.

    I think this is a song about his insanity, or meeting this other side of him that comes out like the "tides."
    charrbinon May 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe strangest love song I've ever heard, and certainly one of my five favorite songs... Talking to the sea as if it was his lover, and in such words ! ("your madness fits in nicely with my own", how beautiful and weird to say it to the one you love...)
    When I heard those lyrics, I couldn't help thinking of a French author from the end of the 19th century called Lautréamont and his haunting and terrifying masterpiece "Les Chants de Maldoror". Has anyone ever read this book ?
    The problem with Wyatt's songs is that it's impossible to put by words the vocal arrangements on them, especially Wyatt's "solos" (Coltrane had his sax, Wyatt has his alien voice...)
    The Dog That Ate...on July 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song does not seem to me to have much of a concept, per se, but is rather more of a mixed jumble of pure emotion that goes to your soul and moves you like little else can. I'm just getting into this album, widely regarded as a masterpiece of Canterbury Prog, but this is an impressive beginning.
    inpraiseoffollyon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read in my biology class that the structure of a man's penis was derived from fish, and I know that "foam-crested brine," is supposed to be jizz. It's a song about a wet dream, and how it didn't leave him feeling fulfilled. Sure, his wet dream may have felt good while it was happening but, once he woke up in the morning, he realized that his appetite for sex was gone. He talks about waiting for the next full moon(when he regains what he lost) so he can lose it all again.
    MrOrgongorgoon January 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about being in love with someone changeable and 'moody', and also touching on Wyatt's own immaturity, as he sees it. The sea is used as a metaphor for the woman's changing moods. Not exactly a new idea, but a very beautifully expressed one here.
    losttangoon March 04, 2014   Link

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