Sun shown down on a cloudless sea
We were out on the water, my father and me
With several friends of the family along for the ride
And out on the calm water we killed the motor
And spread our nets wide

Keep your face to the wind and you'll be fine
And wait for the tug on the line

Everyone getting restless when we pulled up the net
We dropped it down on the deck and everyone's feet got wet
And the fish that looked like monsters from way down where the water gets cold
Slid down the deck like shuffleboard coasters and made for the hold
Everyone's eyes like saucers nobody saying a word

Keep your face to the wind and you'll be fine
And wait for the tug on the line

Sailed home in silence across the cold sea
Several friends of the family, my father and me
Something down below deck that we would try to forget
Shapeless and probably nameless as a vet

Keep your face to the wind and you'll be fine
And wait for the tug on the line


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Tug on the Line song meanings
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    General CommentI think it's about a fishing trip in which they make an unexpected, possibly Eldritch-y, catch.
    pumkinhedon September 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAnd I think you are right, it wouldn't be the first slightly Lovecraftian reference by Darnielle.
    infinityontrialon November 28, 2010   Link

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