On a sailboat I am
Slowly floating nowhere
Lost the memories of where I am and why

Black ocean churning
A million stars are burning
Planetariums were right about the sky

Once upon a day I set off on a journey
Wishing on the wind to take me far from home
Now I'm on the waves and I'm taking on water
Hard to see I won't always be alone

There was a time when August sun was high and centered on me
But it dipped behind my back and settled down
It used to square up with the land, used to size it in my hand
But it fell behind the line that meets the sky

Once upon a day I set off on a journey
Wishing on the wind to take me far from home
Now I'm on the waves and I'm taking on water
Hard to see I won't always be alone

Inside this storm
Whipping in the wind, my sail is torn
In other words, the ends I mend are not my own

Hard to see I won't always be alone

On a sailboat I am
Slowly floating nowhere
Hoping someday I'll wash upon someone else's shore


Lyrics submitted by giang, edited by sneakylemons, jhrussell

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    General CommentThis is such an incredible song, and I've thought that since I heard the little preview he gave us a few months back on his blog. Lyrically AND musically, it's great. I absolutely can not wait for a studio recording (the recent live one is just not good enough quality).
    I think this song is actually pretty simple. I think it's sort of about being big at one point, then drifting off into nothingness when you get older and feel more alone. But there's a few twinges of hope that things will get better and might actually stay that way, in the lines "Hard to see I won't always be alone" and "then someday I'll wash upon someone else's shore".
    IketheHeroon July 28, 2008   Link

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