"Hey Ahab" as written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin....
It's a constant struggle getting up that hill
There's a change of guard every day
When you're clinging onto a driftwood boat
You pray a great white whale might come your way

No freeway traffic in the frozen North
Just a chain link fence full of birds
And when the harpoon's loaded in the cannon bay
You'll be rolling through the pages lost for words

Hey Ahab can you tell me where
I can catch a ride out of here
Hey Ahab hoist that sail
You gotta stand up straight
When you ride that whale

In a crumbling city we were trapped for days
With a broken sun above the clouds
Caught like Jonah forty fathoms down
And a sign on the wall says, "Hope Allowed"

All the cryptic symbols carved on bone
A far cry from a tattooed rose
And when the boys in the rigging catch the wind
We'll all weigh anchor and it's westward ho

Hey Ahab can you tell me where
I can catch a ride out of here
Hey Ahab hoist that sail
You gotta stand up straight
When you ride that whale

Hey Ahab can you tell me where
I can catch a ride out of here
Hey Ahab hoist that sail
You gotta stand up straight
When you ride that whale

Hey Ahab can you tell me where
I can catch a ride out of here
Hey Ahab hoist that sail
You gotta stand up straight
When you ride that whale


Lyrics submitted by RedEchidna

"Hey Ahab" as written by Elton John Bernie Taupin

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    Song MeaningThis song is definitely a very clever allegory using Captain Ahab's voyage from Melville's Moby Dick, as torteforte mentioned. The allegory is that, despite the constant struggles and hardships encountered in everyday life, one should always stay true to his or her self, persevere, and overcome the challenges in life.
    RedEchidnaon April 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentApparently this song is about the voyage from Captain Ahab for hunting the White Whale Moby Dick (due to the novel "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, 1851.

    But he also mentioned Jonah (third verse, third line: "Caught like Jonah forty fathoms down") what links to the bible (old testament) text from "Jonah and the Whale".

    In any case there must be another deeper meaning behind these words.

    Personally for me, and I hope it does not sound too histrionically: It is about life itself, what is hard for everybody and an everlasting chase to a methaphorically "White Whale". What could be a better Job, another relationship,...whatever. However he is saying "Hope allowed" and that's the important point!!

    Great lyrics
    torteforteon January 27, 2011   Link

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