"Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)" as written by and Peter Thomas Steele....
Grease, sweat, coffee, faded shipyard pictures
Giant living there I used to know
Author of the testosterone scriptures
Where did you go?

Now I remember what you told me that time
Falling from my bike,
scraping my knee
If you're gonna weep,
keep it from sunshine,
So no one sees

I won't cry
Above all things boy, be a man

See little boy hiding amongst shadows
Ashamed of tears exposing ancient pain
From the storms predicted by the Tarot
Pray for the rain

I won't cry
Above all things boy, be a man

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"Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)" as written by Peter Thomas Steele

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    General CommentIts about the dangers of holding back your tears all of your life.
    the_masked_magicianon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the masked magician is right. More than that though, it is about how much of an effect over masculinity has on young boys--it really screws them up for life, makes them unable to express emotion, as if that makes a boy a "man". The only line I don't understand is the one about Tarot...what does that have to do with the song...?
    freakishfaeon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentisnt it about pete steeles dad
    necrophageon October 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou gotta stick up for yourself, and pete steeles dad would have stook up for you!!!
    necrophageon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it is actually about peter's dad, he worked in a ship yard, and the main words about being a man were probobly words his father told him as a boy.
    Shi_Hebion December 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti actually was thinking about this listening to it on the way home. i thought it might be about his dad. i didn't know he worked at a shipyard, but i thought, living in brooklyn, it'd make sense. this song is great, and it hits my heart right in the right place. i'm actually making a flash music video for it.
    akpb-jljon March 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSuch a beautful song, I think its all clear its definately about masculinity as said in previous comments and allthough its not entirely clear I think the 'great living' is reference to a great human, a big man, strengthening the idea previously commented on that the man he's talking about is his father.
    phobiaukon January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPete wrote this wonderful song for his father who died a little while back. "Author of the Testosterone Scriptures, Where did you go?" This one line alone tells you that Pete's Dad must have been a nail-eating hard ass and that Pete is missing him....

    Notice how he sings most of the song in a higher than usual range for him? I think this is Pete emulating the boy that he was. The LAST verse however is sang in his normal deep range. Telling us that the boy is now a man. Yet he feels like a little boy hiding amongst those shadows, ashamed of the tears he WISHES he could shed for his father. ("Pray for the rain.") Tears that his father would in fact despise.

    This song is absolutely TOO brilliant and shows how much of an anointed songwriter Pete was....
    Lizardtheinsaneon May 29, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningA beautiful song about Peter Steele's dad
    OvTheWoodson December 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMy tribute band and I are working on this song today. It came out awesome. To me it always seemed to be about Peters father and in a way all mens fathers teaching us to be strong and never cry before others. Strong meaning to me as I can't cry. If you wanna hear Type O Negatives music brought back to life check us out. Www.facebook.com/bloodykissesnewengland we are not Type O but we do a decent job of honoring them.
    logan10211on February 05, 2017   Link

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