"Marooned" as written by and Bruce Gilbert Colin Newman....
An unwilling sailor adrift from Artic waters, oh
As the water gets warmer, my iceberg gets smaller, oh
As he pours more petrol on, he feels no fear, oh
As the flames get nearer, his thought gets clearer, oh

A blue-white polar bear arrives at the end, oh
Diverting his attention, his feelings froze over, oh

I'm only a runaway A-W-O-L at the logical start
Not present in the present
Overboard with limited future

And I'm standing alone still getting a thrill
While the ship is afloat, he's losing his boat, oh

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"Marooned" as written by Colin Newman Bruce Gilbert


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    General CommentThe best of Wire.
    A situation discribed here is just amazing. The best thing is that the end is open. The way he sings "boat" in the last lyric is beautiful.
    Ukljukanion July 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNot cryptic in the least (something that can always said about Wire and Colin Newman), and pretty self-explanatory. It's just a simple portrait of a situation, like a snippet out of a novel. What makes the song great is the atmospheric music though...it's like ambient punk.

    This song, like many on the album Chairs Missing, basically has Wire stretching beyond punk's limitations and finding a new genre called post-punk in the process.
    leamancon November 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCORRECTION: In the first sentence, I meant to say something that CAN'T always be said about Wire and Colin Newman!
    leamancon November 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've always interpreted this song literally.

    But in the context of many songs on 'Chairs Missing' being about mental illness/instability, lines like "while the ship is afloat, he's losing his boat" could be a metaphor for madness/dementia.....
    MisterMarcuson May 11, 2015   Link

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