"Marathon" as written by Alaina Moore-riley and Patrick Riley....
Coconut grove
Is a very small cove
Separated from the sea
By a shifting shoal
We didn't realize that
We had arrived
At high tide, high tide
Barely made it out alive

Red over white
Fishermen working at night
Not even once
Did we see a light
We didn't realize
The forecast had been revised
By moonless skies and
Shifty wind that gusts and dies

On the sand our keel is heaving
But tonight we've got to be leaving
Travel through the day and into the evening

Marathon how long we've been gone
And still not yet set foot upon you

Your low lying shore opens welcomingly
To one who's spent the night at sea
Adrift in the shallows, a modest repose
Adorn with coral, your bright colors show
Ushered in through a bridge that is never closed


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"Marathon" as written by Patrick Riley Alaina Moore-riley

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  • +8
    General CommentHere are the lyrics as posted on their MySpace blog:

    Coconut Grove
    Is a very small cove
    separated from the sea
    by a shifting shoal
    we didn't realize that
    we had arrived
    at high tide, high tide
    barely made it out alive

    red over white
    fishermen working at night
    not even once
    did we see a light
    we didn't realize
    the forecast had been revised
    by moonless skies and
    shifty wind that gusts and dies

    on the sand our keel is heaving
    but tonight we've got to be leaving
    travel through the day and into the evening

    Marathon how long we've been gone
    and still not yet set foot upon you

    your low lying shore opens welcomingly
    to one who's spent the night at sea
    Adrift in the shallows, a modest repose
    adorn with coral, your bright colors show
    ushered in through a bridge that is never closed
    katiecoleon November 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis lovely song is about the author's first time sailing at night and the excitement that ensued.
    deckerstrattonon December 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song seems like a metaphor for a short lived fiery relationship. The sea and its tide is the feeling of love, the cove is the reality in which it lives, the wind is the pacing and movement as they're in each other's presence.

    The story tells is like it's an adventure, and where "fisherman working at night, not even once did we see a light" indicates that though others were around, no one paid attention to what was happening - perhaps it was an affair.

    The line "Marathon how long we've been gone and still not yet set foot upon you" seems to indicate that there was no need for acquainting each other, yet it follows "your low lying shore opens welcomingly to one who's spent the night at sea ... through a bridge that is never closed" seems to indicate that the fling returns in the presence of one another so easily.
    koralamodeon August 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpwetty song!
    mssparkleson September 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the nautical/maritime demeanor in a lot of their songs. I love the sea :D
    rymert19on April 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's about going sailing from the Florida Keys and getting to Coconut Grove, Florida where the tide is higher than they anticipated. Then a storm starts to roll in, not even the fishermen are out in these winds, and they're in danger of getting trapped. It's gonna take the night and the day to get back to Marathon.
    GoMNTwinson August 22, 2012   Link

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