"She Wanted to Leave" as written by and Michael Melchiondo....
Three men is all they were.
Three men out at sea.
Three men came aboard my ship and took my true love from me.
I couldn't believe
She wanted to leave
She wanted to leave.

I loved you so long.
Since you were a child.
I've cared for your every need.
I've tried to make you smile.
And all the while
You wanted to leave
You wanted to leave.

Go gather the guns.
We'll blast them at sea.
She begged for me not to shoot,
"For my true love is here with me."
I've never loved thee
Now I must leave
Now I must leave.

So go fetch a bottle of rum dear friends and fill up my glass to the rim.
For I'm not the man I used to be
Now I'm one of them.


Lyrics submitted by sais, edited by teffjweedy

"She Wanted to Leave" as written by Michael Melchiondo Aaron Freeman

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  • +2
    General Comment"I'm not the man I used to be, now I'm one of them".

    This is a song about becoming a pirate after having his heart torn out an stomped on by a woman.

    I mean, shit, who hasn't been there?
    GTonyon September 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso on that subject, Gener once described it as "a song about when your woman sleeps with pirates." A plausible theory, although I'm sure there's more going on here.
    sexmaniacon February 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentween = amazing


    i love their use of 3/8 [or 6/8, u know what i mean] timings.

    i think the song was about a girl leaving the narrator for another man, and the narrator realizing that it is what she wanted, and not to take the normal response of "kicking his ass".


    hits close to home...beautiful song
    deadcow666on October 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHeartbreakingly tragic :(
    TimmyGCon August 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think to be more specific this song is about a man at sea with his wife or girlfriend, the pirates kidnap her and when he goes to rescue her he finds that she's fallen in love with the pirates, the last lines (the slow part of the song) he realizes that by rescuing her he would be the pirate for kidnapping her from where she's happy
    decryptoron November 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI feel like this song is a lot more metaphorical than most people think.

    The song is about a wife divorcing her husband. The "three men" that is described is the husband and wife's lawyers, and the man she is leaving her husband for. The ship he describes represents his home.
    mitchmat518on August 06, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEveryone's missing it here- the girl was taken by her true love, she never loved the protagonist, she just used him and was along for the ride. The last verse- gather the guns, we'll blast em at sea... I'm not the man I used to be, now I'm one of them. He's mourning the loss of himself, he's now a murderous sea dog just like the rest of them.
    Oceanman1973on April 06, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJesus, what an album ender. I listened to Ween and then Richard Thompson and then back to this Ween song. Holy Christ this is hilarious and it's ridiculous because it stands alone about as well as anything written by the actual Richard Thompson (closest to Bees Wing I guess), even when they've morphed Richard into a pirate. It's sad, hilarious, absurd, touches on heartbreak and lose of innocence and sounds glorious. Ween work on a level that I've never seen anything else even approach. Crazy.
    Marvinparsonson July 30, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSounds like a Grand Funk railroad song. My fav from Ween.
    toolmusikon April 30, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOnly one comment? I LOVE this song.
    sexmaniacon February 12, 2007   Link

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