"Nicole" as written by and Nicholas John Talbot....
Find me the captain
Tell him I want to know
Just who is steering and who's merely holding on
And when the next wave is the last wave
I'll drag him downwards to the engine room
And never let go
Oh Nicole
From the moment we met we let it get out of control
The universal dance
The black romance of running prey
The slowing down
The giving in
The final give away
I cry for mercy
You stare back blankly
I want to jump but if you're pushing me
I'll hold on tightly


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"Nicole" as written by Nicholas Talbot

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    General CommentI always thought that the narrator is on a ship with his love and that he'd kill the captain if he does any harm to her. These lines create a very, dark but special atmosphere nonetheless – even without getting the meaning.

    Maybe the second verse is about how love fades away. Maybe this one is just a simple love song. For sure one of my favourites by Gravenhurst.
    KarlKanteon November 13, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaninggee, does anyone know what a metaphor is? the speaker isn't literally on a fucking boat.
    seymour_glasson April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHaha Seymour, right on (although we could do without the "fucking").

    I think the meaning is quite obvious. The narrator's love life is going to hell and he wants to confront God/Fate (the captain, for the metaphorically challenged) to find out when he's finally going to be happy ("when the next wave is the last wave"), and if he's in control of his own life at all ("just who is steering and who's merely holding on").
    wookion June 20, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationObviously this is a love song.
    "Find me the captain
    Tell him I want to know
    Just who is steering and who's merely holding on
    And when the next wave is the last wave"
    >>> As said, this is a metaphor, he si asking who is holding on and who is giving up in his relationship, and how long will it last.

    "I'll drag him downwards to the engine room
    And never let go"
    >>> Perhaps this is referring to isolation after a breaking up. If this is a metaphor about a felling, the "engine room" could be the heart, the soul, the brain...

    "Oh Nicole
    From the moment we met we let it get out of control"
    >>> The lack of balance in their relationship that led to this situation.

    "The universal dance
    The black romance of running prey
    The slowing down
    The giving in
    The final give away"
    >>> To me these are the stages of an ending relationship: first there is love, than someone is going away, they're back together, they surrender to the fact that's over. Or it could include courtship, the running prey is the one you love that don't love you back, then surrender to your love and finally break your heart.

    "I cry for mercy
    You stare back blankly
    I want to jump but if you're pushing me
    I'll hold on tightly"
    >>> This I cannot really understand. First two lines are easy. One has done something wrong and the other just says the whole relationship never meant anything. Or he wants to get back and the other says it's over.
    Last two line could mean he wants to die but he doesn't want to be because of the other. Or, if the ship is the relationship, he wants to break up but as far as she tries to push away he doesn't want it to end..


    My two cents, sorry for bad english and for stupid thoughts, just heard this song for the first time yesterday (and I used to have this album) and was shocked how beautiful it is. RIP.
    franz h. blakeon September 02, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIn the context of the artist's epilepsy and subsequent unexplained death, I conjecture that he is asking who is in charge of his own body or mind and predicting his own intentional demise (when the next wave is the last wave ill drag him downwards to the engine room amd never let go).
    Maybe Nicole is his own life which he is mourning its loss in advance.

    Stunning and very sad song.

    Theeagleon April 04, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI like this song. My name is Nicole and it is a pretty song. I don't understand the beginning with the ship and the captain and stuff though -.-

    very pretty though!*
    -nkyon February 05, 2006   Link

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