"Anchor" as written by Cleveland Browne, Wycliffe Johnson and Newland Blackwood....
Through churning waters and midnight skies
This ship has sailed one too many times
To reach a land of dreams
Where no sole nor soul has set
Where footprints leave no name
Time and time again this attempt has failed
You were my anchor
And I am chained to everything I tried to leave behind

I am chained to everything I tried to leave behind (x2)

Through heartfelt waters and crystal skies
We won't prevail
Time and time again this ship has sailed
And time and time again this attempt has failed
My attempts have failed
You were my anchor (x2)

These eyes, they long for light
So I can see the truth that lies
You always told me this ship would never sail
But I will be washed away

With all my strength, I'll blow this sail
With all my strength, I'll wash away
With all my strength, I'll wash away
Signs, they long for me
So I can see the truth and lies
I will be washed away


Lyrics submitted by Brant, edited by decibeldiscord

"Anchor" as written by Wycliffe Johnson Cleveland Browne

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    General CommentThis song seems to be about being in a broken relationship and just realizing that there's no future between the two people in the relationship, but at the same time not wanting to let go because:
    "You were my anchor"

    great song and this band continuously amazes me
    mudsownon July 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with mudsown
    its about a relationship that simply doesn't have a future anymore. the metaphors in this song are pretty simple to understand.
    i really love this song; this band are amazing!
    i love the part .."and i am chained to everything i tried to leave behind."
    excelllent.
    pinkmascara_xoon February 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with mudsown about the relationship part but i think its more that she wants to break it off but hes holding on as long as he can.
    "You always told me this ship would never sail"

    but they would get into fights.
    "Time and time again this attempt has failed"

    but he would hold on.
    "You were my anchor."
    "And I am chained to everything I tried to leave behind."
    with fear and faithon August 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think "And I am chained to everything I tried to leave behind" show's how he can't let go of this relationship. How he is still connected to the past and what used to be no matter how hard he has tried to let go and forget.
    I like the last three lines:
    "With all my strength I'll blow this sail
    With all my strength I'll wash away
    I will be washed away"
    I think it shows the struggle of letting go. This relationship, the bond that keeps them together is metaphorically described as being a "ship". "With all my strength I'll blow this sail" shows the "ship" (relationship) "setting sail" (ending). He is describing how he is trying to forget and move on.
    "With all my strength I'll wash away".. don't really understand that. I think by "washed away" he means being forgotten to this other person. Any thoughts on what i just said or the song in general, feel free to comment on this. Would appreciate feedback.
    Skylinerhoton January 28, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI took a different meaning. It is about a woman, but I feel like she is holding him down. He wants to be rid of her, but she refuses to let him go.

    The sailing metaphor represents a relationship. The goal is to reach the land of dreams, a place he hasn't been yet, where no sole or soul has set. They don't make it, and he says it's because she is anchoring them down, preventing them from getting there.

    In the first line, they are up against churning waters and midnight sky, representing tough conditions for them. They keep trying though. When he says 'one too many times this ship has sailed,' he means that they keep starting over and trying again, but time and time again, the attempts fail. The line 'through heartfelt waters and crystal skies, we won't prevail' says that even though they're making a sincere effort (heartfelt), and even though nothing is interfering or trying to mess them up this time (crystal skies, meaning no storms or bad weather), the two of them just can't be together because it doesn't work out. Even in the best conditions they are not right for each other.

    He is trying to leave her behind, but she is the anchor that chains him back. She doesn't want him to be happy, because she tells him that the ship will never sail.

    He promises that with all his strength, he will try to sail the ship despite the anchor, by blowing into the sails, or by being washed away alone, hoping the sea will carry him.

    Sorry kids, this isn't the love song you wanted it to be.
    decibeldiscordon October 01, 2011   Link

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