The crumpled ocean is no boat trip
Well, dark water stole my clothing
A shape stirs beneath me
A pulse pounds along bloodstreams
The first bite marks the beginning
Of the clotheless wrestle with the clotheless animal

Bare those teeth to me please, maneater
You can see all of me, naked with fear
This is the test I left land for
To grip flesh and pull muscle in
The vice clench of the struggle
I can't give in to the weight
Of the clotheless wrestle with the clotheless animal

Animal
Animal
Animal

My enemy, please stay close to me
I've no breath left, you cold breath thief
The last gasp with a burst lung
The fight father, a weak son
The last taste of salt in my mouth
My skin breaks with no sound
I'm torn limb from limb
There is bone, there is gristle and spit
In the clotheless wrestle with the clotheless animal

Animal
Animal
Animal
Animal


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  • +1
    Lyric Correctionlyrics form the cd book:

    the crumpled ocean is no boat trip,
    dark water stole my clothing.

    a shape stirs beneath me,
    a pulse pounds along bloodstreams,
    the first bite marks the beginning of the
    clotheless wrestle with the clotheless animal.

    bare those teeth to me please, man eater
    you can see all of me, naked with fear

    this is the test i left land for,
    to grip flesh and pull muscle in
    the vice clinch of the struggle i can't
    give in to the weight of
    the clotheless wrestle with the clotheless animal.

    my enemy please stay close to me,
    i've no breath left, you cold breath thief

    the last gasp from a burst lung,
    the fight fathers a weak son
    the last taste of salt in my mouth
    my skin breaks, with no sound

    i'm torn limb from limb
    there is bone, there is gristle and spit
    in the clotheless wrestle with the clotheless animal
    da7idon March 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentseems like it's about his internal struggle now that he's swam away from the girl throwing rocks at him from land (from 'swim until you can't see land'). the beast that is attacking him is his own mind.
    klofon December 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI truly think the song is simultaneously about the existential struggle, sex, and battling a shark in the middle of the ocean.
    seldomareelephantson April 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe is clearly battling a shark in the middle of the ocean. clearly.
    rockactionon December 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely about sex.
    LiaMMVon February 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can clearly see all three ideas suggested above; a physical/metaphorical shark fight, an internal struggle and sex.
    strangersatelliteon June 06, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe first song I have ever seen that is about both sex and being murdered by a kraken

    i have to say i've never personally compared sex to being murdered by a kraken

    he might want to see his chaplain
    owltiemon August 02, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"You can sit only" I think is "You can see all of me".

    Bone-chilling song. A song about sex that finally is excited and exciting again. He's come a long was since "The Twist" and "Keep Yourself Warm".
    Nabend1401on March 10, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this is about facing the beast within ourselves. He goes bare into a lake to test if he can beat the beast living inside of him and looses to it in the end.
    Cyberghoston April 02, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMostly about sex.

    A key line is;

    "this is the test I, left land for"

    Continuing with the ocean as a metaphor for healing theme present throughout the entire record, facing up to the primal act of sex becomes another pit stop challenge, along the journey to recovery, after the epic loss detailed on "Midnight Organ Fight".

    flayerhateron May 22, 2010   Link

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