She whispered, "Hey sailor what's with the coat?"
"What are you? Fresh off the boat?"
Why yes
I just spent four months at sea
My legs are still wobbling
I got salt in my lungs
And my compass broke
Trying to get to the ivory coast

I'm sorry
I never made it home
I was cold and alone
I felt alone
No excuse, no excuse
May I please be excused?
Because there's something that I have wanted to do

Let's pour some wine
Get lost for awhile
Put these ships in the bottle
And forget about time
It's the past
Here's a present that I brought for you
When it opens your eyes will be in full bloom
No it's really nothing
But I shined it like new
I was cold and alone
In a dark wooden tomb

When I wrote you this song I was at sea
Yeah I was a shipwreck strung out on some reef

You said, "Let's just be friends"
"But can we take off these coats?"
Then maybe I'll make it to the ivory coast

Lyrics submitted by riverbed

The Shipwreck song meanings
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