As captain of this band of merry sailors I’m a black mark I’m a failure
So before you watch me drown
I’m relinquishing command for something I don’t understand,
this man’s about to turn his whole life upside down

I set a course for a new shore
It looked the same as the one before
And I forgot what I’d been sailing for
And why I thought this time would be different

I do most of this by feel and let go of the wheel the constellations
Do the navigation on their own.
Whilst yearning for adventure, dreading censure in absentia,
I would rather be at sea than be alone

I set a course for a new shore
It looked the same as the one before
And I forgot what I’d been sailing for
And why I thought this time would be different

Off the charts we drew
They said there wasn’t anything but fairy tales
I told them it was you, I told them you were everything a fairy tale could be
The boat sails by
The shore remains and so do I
I swear this time will be different

I settled here on a new shore
My lips were blue and my legs were sore
And I forget if I was pushed or I jumped overboard
And after all this time, what’s the difference?

Land ho!


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    General CommentThis is clearly referring to Steve leaving Barenaked Ladies, kind of as a response to BnL's "You Run Away". Especially with the line "This man's about to turn his whole life upside down", which alludes to the BnL song "Upside Down".
    Azrgon February 04, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI think Page is an amazing,perceptive, truthful songwriter and this album again proves it, but I've decided that Page One is really like salt & vinegar chips for me. Although I love the first few I eat, the taste eventually becomes overpowering and I have to put them aside for awhile. So too for this album. I'm just now pulling it out again after a year-long hiatus.

    I settled here on a new shore
    My lips were blue and my legs were sore
    And I forget if I was pushed or I jumped overboard
    And after all this time, what�s the difference?

    A curl of the lip there; a reflexive response to many of the songs on Page One. They're very... tangy.

    I set a course for a new shore
    It looked the same as the one before
    And I forgot what I�d been sailing for
    And why I thought this time would be different

    Heh.


    42 stepson July 28, 2011   Link

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