She will kiss you til your lips bleed
But she will not take her dress off
Americana, Tropicana

All the sailor boys have demons
They sing oh Kentucky why did you forsake me
It I was meant to sail the sea
Why did you make me
It should have been another state
Oh stay

Cause Mary Anne's a bitch
Mary Anne's a bitch

Does it matter that our anchor
Couldn't even reach the bottom of a bathtub
And the sails reflect the moon
It's such a strange job
Playing blackjack on the deck
Still
Atop this giant puddle
Dressed in white we quietly huddle with our missiles
And we miss the girls back home
Oh home sweet home

Cause Mary Anne's a bitch
Mary Anne's a bitch

She will kiss you til your lips bleed
But she will not take her dress off
Americana, Tropicana



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"Sailor Song" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +2
    Song Meaning:Some how, I don't think Maryanne is either a boat or a woman, but the sea itself.

    "kisses you till your lips bleed" - reference to the wind?

    And she's a bitch because all those sailor's want to go back to their woman; but she wont let them.

    "She won't take her dress off." She's just a tease; she promises that this is worth it but doesn't quite make it okay that they can't see their girlfriends.

    wooptyfriggindooon November 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:its americana, tropicana. Americana, as in the American lifestyle. Tropicana, as in Regina's awesome.
    joemommaon June 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:>>Fuchsia
    It says "anchor" in the lyrics of my Soviet Kitsch album and, well... Regina wrote the song, so I think they're right.
    As for Mary Anne not being the ship but a woman, I -personally- don't think so. I mean, Regina is almost never that litteral. She plays more with metaphores and such. Plus, wouldn't it be kind of boring if Mary Anne WAS a girl? -When in doubt, go with the better lyric-
    lemonjuiceon April 15, 2006   Link
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    My Interpretation:To meeee....

    This song is about the USS Kentucky -- a ship that was built but never completed in the WW2 era.

    "does it matter that our anchors
    couldnt even reach the bottom
    of a bath tub"

    means she was never completed

    "it's such a strange job, playing black jack on the deck"
    I think this is about the skeleton crew than manned the Kentucky before she was dismantled in 1958. They sat atop their puddle, dressed in white...they missed the girls back home...

    "If I was meant to sail the seas...why did you make me?"
    obviously a jab at the military for giving them such a terrible duty station.

    And Marianne...of course, is the Sea.

    I believe the Tropicana is either a hot spot in Philly, where she was moored until she was scrapped, or a heartfelt wish from the crew...When they signed up to be in the NAVY, they were told they would sail everywhere, even to Tropicana...but instead they were stuck...AMERICANA!

    I love this song.
    CalypsoAceon August 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is--- greattt.
    precipitateon March 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:haha love the meaning for tropicana.
    bleedingmaskarahon July 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:i think its interesting how she mentions Marry Anne from her other song...im not sure what the significance is tho.
    turpentine_patcheson October 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Somehow I got that Mary Anne was the name of the ship. Shrug.
    silentsailoron November 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:oh, I never thought of the name that way. I like that.
    precipitateon January 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I don't think that Mary Ann is the ship. She's more likely the girl back home that will kiss but won't have sex with them (the old stereotype about horn dog sailors). She's a bitch because she's a tease. From the perspective of the guy, of course. Mary Ann may not be a bitch from any other angle (unless you really just want her to put out and help out morale).

    Anyway, I do believe it's "anger" not "anchor" reaching the bottom of a bathtub (when in doubt go with the better lyric).
    Fuchsiaon March 05, 2006   Link

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