"Name Your Ship" as written by Pedro Erazo-segovia, Oliver Francis Charles, Eugene Hutz, Yuri Lemeshev, Sergey Ryabstev, Thomas Gobena and Michael Ward....
You know
It's time for a change
But how
And where do you start?

When bitching
And moaning
And frowning
And groaning
And loathing
And throwing
Has torn you apart

It has torn you apart
From deep within
Left no vigorous cell
Even in Eden you seek knothole to hell

Oh hey (Hey)
Ho (Ho)
Captain Crooked Grin
Tell me where you trying to go

You taught your parrot to stutter
Now you repeat his old chatter
But it is the way you name your ship
That's the way it's going to row
Oh
It's the way you name your ship
That's the way it's going to row

Now in the beginning there was a word
In the end there is no end
People don't live or die
People just fade in and out of the fog
We come to comprehend

And now all alone with your crooked grin
How you plan staying afloat
Even the boatsman grab Bible
And split from the boat

Oh hey (Hey)
Ho (Ho)
Captain Crooked Grin
Tell us where you trying to go

You taught your parrot to stutter
Now you believe his old chatter
But it is the way you name your ship
That's the way it's going to row

It's the way you name your ship
That's the way it's going to row

Row

You taught your parrot to stutter
Now you're slave to his chatter
But it is the way you name your ship
That's the way it's going to row
Oh
It's the way you name your ship
That's the way it's going to row
Oh
It's the way you name your ship
That's exactly how it's going to row


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"It Is the Way You Name Your Ship" as written by Michael Ward Eugene Hutz

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    General CommentYou know
    It's time for a change
    But how
    And where do you start?
    When bitching
    And moaning
    And frowning
    And groaning
    And loathing
    And throwing
    Has torn you apart

    Sometimes you spend so much time bitching, moaning, frowning, etc., that you realize you can't keep living that way because it destroys you,

    It has torn you apart
    From deep within
    Left no vigorous cell
    Even in Eden you seek knothole to hell

    It destroys you so much that there's no more energy in you, but you keep digging in that hole of awful feelings ("even in Eden you seek knothole to Hell"). Even in what could be the happiest moment of your life you find a way to feel bad.

    Oh hey (Hey)
    Ho (Ho)
    Captain Crooked Grin
    Tell me where you trying to go

    What's the point of being like that all the time? He's telling you: you aren't going anywhere.

    You taught your parrot to stutter
    Now you repeat his old chatter
    But it is the way you name your ship
    That's the way it's going to row
    Oh
    It's the way you name your ship
    That's the way it's going to row

    You convinced yourself that your life is so bad, that now you keep repeating that and you can't change that thought. But, it's how you name your own life how it's going to be. If you decide that you'll seek for happiness, that's where your life is going to go. But if you keep saying "my life is awful", yeah, it probably will be. I think he uses the ship as a metaphore of people's life.

    Now in the beginning there was a word
    In the end there is no end
    People don't live or die
    People just fade in and out of the fog
    We come to comprehend

    Here the song seems a little more spiritual, he's just talking about how when you die, you don't just disappear, some part of you is still there somewhere.

    And now all alone with your crooked grin
    How you plan staying afloat
    Even the boatsman grab Bible
    And split from the boat

    How can you stay afloat if you keep living like that? You have to change, even the boatsman split from the boat. That would mean something like, even if your whole life went that way and that's who you are, sometimes you just have to change. In my opinion the Bible verse doesn't have to be about religion, as the boatsman grabs Bible and changes his path, you can grab something else and change your path. I'm myself an atheist but I still find this one of the most inspiring phrases ever.


    The rest is the same. Keep repeating bad things to yourself and you'll believe them, and they will make you a slave of your own thoughts,
    EriBvon August 30, 2013   Link

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