It's about impotence caused by disgust. He met a woman at a party. He is somewhat attracted to her, but other things put him off. He imagines taking her home, but worries that his "little...
You found me at some party
You thought I'd understand
You barrelled over to me
With a drink in each hand

I respect your beliefs, girl
And I consider you a friend
But I've already been born once
I don't want to be born again

Your knowledge is impressive
And your argument is good
But I am the resurrection, babe
And you're standing on my foot

But my little boat is empty, it don't go
My oar is broken, it don't row row row
My little boat is empty, it don't go
My oar is broken, it don't row row row

Your tiny little face
Keeps yapping in the gloom
Seven steps behind me
With your dustpan and broom

I can't help but imagine you
All postured and prone
But there's a little guy on my shoulder
Says I should go home alone

But you keep leaning in on me
And you're looking a little pissed
That grave you've dug between your legs
Is hard to resist

But my little boat is empty, it don't go
And my oar is broken, it don't row row row
My little boat is empty, it don't go
And my oar is broken, it don't row row row

Give to God what belongs to God
And gives the rest to me
Tell the gracious host to fuck himself
It's time for us to leave

But my little boat is empty, it don't go
And my oar is broken, it don't row row row
My little boat is empty, it don't go
And my oar is broken, it don't row row row

Row row row



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Little Empty Boat song meanings
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    General CommentI think it's a combination of all previous interpretations.

    A drunk girl is hitting on him on a party, and he compares her seduction with trying to convert him to her religion.
    He doesn't have any faith and he thinks he shouldn't fuck the girl (because she's drunk? or simply because of the complications that come with sex), but she's appealing, and religion is appealing.

    A boat is a religious symbol (Noah, Moses, Jonah), and it's also an euphemism to sex. He doesn't have any faith, and he doesn't have any interest in having sex with her. It ain't happening, it won't row.

    Religion = sex.
    And it also hints to sex = death (''that grave you've dug between your legs'').

    Very Nick Cave-ish concepts.
    lemgruberon October 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIs the little boat his faith in god, which he has lost, hence the oar being broken?
    stanlavisbad2on October 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthittin on a drunk girl at a party.
    Homicidal Suicidalon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI read that it's a metaphor for impotence. Sounds so from the song.
    Arne_the_greaton June 19, 2007   Link

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