"Shooting Shark" as written by Donald Roeser and Patti Smith....
Well I'm up there beside the magic man
And he laid some tricks for me
He said you do need help my friend
I whispered, obviously

He laid a spread of Jacks and Queens
And he begged me take my pick
But every face that had your face
I cried out, I am sick

Sick of hauling your love around
Want to run my train alone
But the engine tracks straight through your heart
And weighs me like a stone
Oh it's a hard love to love you it takes up all my time
Having you so familiar like past lives and nursery rhymes

So I gave away the pictures and your golden ring
And the phone calls you sent me and the silver birds that sing
Then the man he told me something that really brought me down
Your things were blown away it's true but you were still in town


The magician left a message, it flashes when I hide
Accept the chains of loving,
Accept the rails remove yourself from her side
Do without her love

As I lay back in the speeding train, I keep it by my side
I could mail a letter to you but I still have my pride

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"Shooting Shark" as written by Patti Smith Donald Roeser

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    Song MeaningI think the song could have to do with addiction.

    His "Magic Man" could be a doctor that is trying to help him.

    Can't get the drug out of his mind, despite the choices and chances he's given.

    Sick of hauling his addiction around, wants to "run that train alone." Everything takes him right back to the addiction, it "weighs him like a stone."

    it consumes his life, but he feels so peaceful with it.

    So he gave away all the paraphernalia, his dealer, his friends.

    But the doctor or counselor advises him to remove himself from all temptation.

    But he relapses for the fourth time...
    morgannyyon December 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe magic man is a reference to Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont who was frequently refered to as Magic Man. It fits in well with their other references to fantasy-tales such as Godzilla, and I am sure they love Rod Serling, Twilight Zone and Beaumont.

    However, my question is: What does shooting shark mean? Is it some kind of fireworks?

    I dedicated this song to my brother Anders who passed away at age 46 two weeks ago. He introduced me to Blue Oyster Cult.

    Best regards, Peter.
    PeterRoederon July 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst, two corrections:

    1. It's "Accept the chains of loving; accept OR ELSE remove yourself..."
    2. It's "Three times, my BONE'S gone dry.."

    Anyhow, it boils down to the classic male dilemma about women: can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. If I've had a dust-up with the woman in my life, this is one of a handful of tunes that goes on the CD at Saturn V liftoff volume, with much whisky consumed.
    1940lasalleon April 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHa! That was funny! I love the chorus. I love the words, I love the way they're put together, the song, the music.... everything! I want to know what the shooting shark is though.
    mongoosestalkeron July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCould the shooting shark be a airplane with a shark painted on it? Because it says "lighting up the sky" and that made me think of shooting, and I remember the shark being a popular decal on world war 2 airplanes. Could the song be about war and patriotism?
    trevtrev22on April 01, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think morgannyy hit the nail on the head. It's very probably about addiction. And the shooting shark refers to the needle (and the damage done), "lighting up the sky".
    romefallson September 02, 2013   Link

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