Rose in early morning, as the light came through,
Searching in the ocean, did what he should do,
Seeking not adventure, just a way of life,
Sky above turned grey, wind cut like a knife.

This was his last voyage, this was his last time.

Pulling up the anchor, letting go the rope,
Age rules over all things, fate rules over hope.

Then as bow was broken, water soon to rise,
For they would have nothing, Nature's trust unwise,
Through his boat and fortune, not for him that day,
If he went to God, for him they would pray,

As the tempest thundered, as the storm broke free,
Suddenly in darkness, fear there none to see,
Visions in his memory, what was meant to be,
When the storm was over, nothing could be seen,
Life and boat were taken, God knows what it means.

Rose in early morning, as the light came through,
Searching in the ocean, did what he should do,

This was his last voyage, this was his last time.

Pulling up the anchor, letting go the rope,
Age rules over all things, fate rules over hope.


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    General CommentI loved this band so much as a teenager. Now it's just nostalgia, but I still listen again every once in a while. When I was 13 and smoking lots while listening, this song always evoked suicide to me. I mean I pictured an old fisherman at the end of his life... going out into a storm... knowing it was his last voyage and wanting it to be so.
    trick1on April 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful music.
    Anilandon April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeing from Portsmouth England, Giant were most likely inspired by elements of the seafaring lifestyle of their hometown which could explain the origins of this tune and moreso, "Wreck". Also, Kerry Minnear has penned a handful of songs throughout the Gentle Giant songbook that are very heartfelt and/or spiritual. This song is definitely both.

    For me, it tells the story of a man who is beckoned by a high being. I imagine a man awakened by a radiant beam of light which shined upon him through his open window, facing the ocean. This light is the light of God. The light compells him to sail out, knowing his calling is out at sea, yet unknowing of what it is he seeks (hence "just a way of life"). The disasterous weather which ensues seems unfortunate, but in fact was divine intervention, as the man is not frightened nor does evidence of his shipwreck exist after the storm:

    "As the tempest thundered, as the storm broke free,
    Suddenly in darkness, fear there none to see,
    Visions in his memory, what was meant to be,
    When the storm was over, nothing could be seen,
    Life and boat were taken, God knows what it means".

    God knows what it means is a great way to end that segment, as it can be interpretated as bewilderment or understanding. Gary's bluesy solo which follows is excellent & the wailing feedback was completely unintentional & just happened to work out (I read that from an interview with him). The complex musical counterpoint which begins afterwards is very beautiful.
    Khaoson July 26, 2007   Link

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