"If You Were A Sailboat" as written by and Paddy Mcaloon....
If you're a cowboy I would trail you,
If you're a piece of wood I'd nail you to the floor.
If you're a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you're a river I would swim you,
If you're a house I would live in you all my days.
If you're a preacher I'd begin to change my ways.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was in jail I know you'd spring me
If I was a telephone you'd ring me all day long
If was in pain I know you'd sing me soothing songs.

Sometimes I believe in fate,
But the chances we create,
Always seem to ring more true.
You took a chance on loving me,
I took a chance on loving you.

If I was hungry you would feed me
If I was in darkness you would lead me to the light
If I was a book I know you'd read me every night

If you're a cowboy I would trail you,
If you're a piece of wood I'd nail you to the floor.
If you're a sailboat I would sail you to the shore.
If you're a sailboat I would sail you to the shore


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"If You Were a Sailboat" as written by Paddy Mcaloon

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  • +1
    General CommentI generally think that this song is great and beautiful and quite unique for what it is. And while the Cine's comments says that the song is full of worse less metaphors I don't think so. The song is more than just cleverest metaphors that Katie could come up with. The song to me is explaining that she has need to need or what one person in particular. And it seems that she uses the metaphors as a why of says that no matter what form of 'life' their in ie. him being a house and she buying the house to live in or she being the dusty trail he needs to ride his horse on as a cowboy, that they'll always have this need for each other. It also seems that his person that she's talking about (or singing too) seem they met time and time again which instead of destroying her belief in fate it reassures her belief in fate something which she seems to be unsure of.

    I also have to disagree with Sapphire's comment about being worried about the "If you were a piece of wood I'd nail you to the floor" - to me it shows Kate's funny side and just how clever of song write she is. Plus the line can be taken out of text and thought of as something sexual or just thought of as just another line. Though I like think of the line out of text as its much more funnier.
    rabbitheartedkidon March 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a great song.Love it
    19cohenon October 12, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAm I the only person who finds the line -

    "If you were a piece of wood I'd nail you to the floor"

    a little worrying? Apart from that, great song.
    sapphire12758on March 03, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General CommentIf I were to give this song an award, it would be Song With Shittiest Metaphors.

    God, I hate this song's lyrics. :/ The melody is okay, though slightly plain and boring, but the lyrics are ridiculous. :)
    Cineon November 28, 2007   Link

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