"Sinkin' Soon" as written by Norah Jones and Lee Alexander....
We're an oyster cracker on the stew
And the honey in the tea
We're the sugar cubes, one lump or two
In the black coffee
The golden crust on an apple pie
That shines in the sun at noon
We're a wheel of cheese high in the sky
But we're gonna be sinkin' soon

In a boat that's built of sticks and hay
We drifted from the shore
With a captain who's too proud to say
That he dropped the oar
A tiny hole has sprung a leak
In this cheap pontoon
Now the hull has started growing weak
And we're gonna be sinkin' soon

We're gonna be sinkin' soon
We're gonna be sinkin' soon
Everybody hold your breath
'Cause we're gonna be sinkin' soon

We're gonna be sinkin' soon
We're gonna be sinkin' soon
Everybody hold your breath
And down and down we go

Like the oyster cracker on the stew
The honey in the tea
The sugar cubes, one lump or two?
No thank you, none for me
We're the golden crust on an apple pie
That shines in the sun at noon
Like the wheel of cheese high in the sky
Well, we're gonna be sinkin' soon


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"Sinkin' Soon" as written by Norah Jones Lee Alexander

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    General Commenti love this song i think it might be my favorite off of her new album! i love the feel of it, how it's like old time scandalous lol she is one of the greatest artist of our time and for as far what it's about i think that it's just that "ther" all have there bad side and they will be "sinking" soon
    OhSweetArsenicon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe muted horn is great :D
    bugoffon July 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhat I like about this song is that it's kind of fictional. it really makes it attractive. i don't look for a very special meaning in this song. the feeling that it has, the capitan's character, and the tangible descriptions ... these are things that makes me listen to this song thousands of times. and each time i get a different impression.
    beakiddoon January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe its about a couple that are happy and go together well, but something was wrong with their relationshiop from the start that is causing them to "sink"
    DjFlowon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAt first I thought it was about the Titanic. Then I listened closer. Now I'm convinced it's about how we're not taking care of our planet. The words and most of the music are by Lee Alexander, known for his biting satire. Norah wrote the bridge. She's also a promoter of social consciousness. The melodies are stick-in-your-head clever, and the delivery is deceptively smooth as silk.
    MrMikeon May 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGenerally, I think it's about arrogant people who thought they had it made, in a rebel kind of way... and now they're sinking cuz of their negative actiosns.
    Chamoseson July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGenerally, I think it's about arrogant people who thought they had it made, in a rebel kind of way... and now they're sinking cuz of their negative actiosns.
    Chamoseson July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite of the album, truly a masterpiece when you factor in vocals, the vague and beautiful lyrics and the amazing instrumentation . She's really great.

    I got the vague impression it was about a couple breaking up soon, but the above mentioned environmental consciousness message fits very well too because it's too wide to be just about two people.
    dag_102on January 16, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningMy interpretation of the song goes like this: It about a realtionship (lovers, friends) and she begins about all these things that just go together
    "We're an oyster cracker on the stew,
    And the honey in the tea,
    We're the sugar cubes, one lump or two,
    In the black coffee,
    The golden crust on an apple pie,
    That shines in the sun at noon,
    We're a wheel of cheese high in the sky"

    the relationship is fine, but something has happened:
    "But we're gonna be sinkin' soon"

    Either party of the realationship is too proud or hard headed (Same thing I guess) to admit error:
    "In a boat that's built of sticks and hay,
    We drifted from the shore,
    With a captain who's too proud to say,
    That he dropped the oar,
    Now a tiny hole has sprung a leak,
    In this cheap pontoon,
    Now the hull has started growing weak,
    And we're gonna be sinkin' soon."


    Great song. My favorite off the album..
    zojunioron March 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt seems quite political to me. This album was made during the Bush Administration and her dislike of Bush can be found in some of the other songs as well. I think it's about how we're "sinking" but being lied to and made to think that things aren't as bad as they really are.
    BettyHolly1950on August 19, 2010   Link

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