A calm sea awaits, blue skies and sun
Inviting and smiling and dancing around

The wind pushes north, through the straits, towards the clouds
The sun rests her head on the water around
By morning, our voices will sink with their shells

Her belly exposed, up towards the sun
Lays hindered and splintered and makes not a sound

Ahead of her bow, a doll chain takes form
Of women and children that someone adored
In a last dance, hand in hand, they float all around


Lyrics submitted by mister care-too-much

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    General CommentI think this song is about the end of a relationship, expressed through the metaphor of a sinking boat. Even though everything is beautiful in the beginning (the water is "calm" and there are "blue skies"), a shadow forms over their relationship as "wind" and "clouds" move in. The break-up is portrayed as a splintered boat, washed up on shore, that can no longer be of use to the couple. The "women and children" are all the positive things that happened in the relationship (women and children are the first to be evacuated from a sinking ship), but in the water, they drown. That is, they cannot be repeated because the relationship is over for good.
    mister care-too-muchon August 11, 2013   Link

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