Who wrote those lines on the wall?
Let’s retrace where they scrawled ancient characters.
It's 2:00, and your sister's slip it falls,
and the afternoon crawls across the room and tackles her.

I don’t think that you would sink that ship that’s only passing through,
because I don’t believe that you might be a murderess.
But I saw inside each small dark eye, as it was turning blue,
all the strength inside to do just what the Captain says and hang the rest.

And moved by the rhyme in the psalm,
we agreed that it was wrong and to believe in it.
Ooh swooned the wall all night long.
But a lie’s a lie, no matter what guy’s breath’s in it.

I don't know that I would go that far down some dark avenue,
with a whispering crew of shadows all protecting it.
But I saw inside each small white lie, as it was turning true,
the ability to do all things expected of it.

And I don’t think that you would sink that ship that’s only passing through,
because I don’t believe that you might be a piratess.
Did you hide, inside each small white lie, before you turned it true,
the ability to do all things the Captain says?

Oh, murderess, in the wilderness, with your victims all around you,
their combined love forms a pool your knife’s reflected in.
And now I’m ready, too, with my throat to you, on this mountain, by this moon.
And what I want the most to do is prove I’m not like them.


Lyrics submitted by soCtra, edited by PFancypants

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    General CommentI love this song so much! It's even better than some of the stuff they put on their regular LPs!
    InspectorMustacheon December 09, 2009   Link
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    General Comment To me, this song uses nautical metaphors to describe the end of a peculiar romance. The narrator seems to be one of two or more men involved with a single woman in a polyamorous relationship. The woman is the "Captain" figure, a beautiful and overbearing character who demands that her loyal suitors "hang the rest" and sacrifice their own wishes for exclusivity.
    The relationship falls apart when the men, who genuinely care for one another, realize that they are living a lie. An order for a sailor to sink "a ship that's only passing through," in other words, to destroy something innocent, would seem immoral to most. But the Captain's word is law among pirates, and the penalty for all who refuse to obey is death. The end of the song evokes the blood oaths of pirates such as portrayed by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the literal end of the plot, the woman has emotionally crushed all her partners except the narrator, and he is begging for mercy.
    FatherSkullbyon June 14, 2011   Link

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