"Seven Seas" as written by and Ian Stephen/sergeant Mcculloch....
Stab a sorry heart
With your favourite finger
Paint the whole world blue
And stop your tears from stinging
Hear the cavemen singing
Good news they're bringing

Seven seas
Swimming them so well
Glad to see
My face among them
Kissing the tortoise shell

A longing for
Some fresher feeling
Belonging
Or just forever kneeling
Where is the sense in stealing
Without the grace to be it

Seven seas
Swimming them so well
Glad to see
My face among them
Kissing the tortoise shell

Burning my bridges
And smashing my mirrors
Turning to see if you're cowardly
Burning the witches with mother religious
You'll strike the matches and shower me
In water games
Washing the rocks below
Taught and tamed
In time with tear flow

Seven seas
Swimming them so well
Glad to see
My face among them
Kissing the tortoise shell

Seven seas
Swimming them so well
Glad to see
My face among them
Kissing the tortoise

Seven seas
Swimming them so well
Glad to see
My face among them
Kissing the tortoise shell


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"Seven Seas" as written by Leslie Thomas Pattinson Ian Stephen Mcculloch

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    General CommentThe lyrics leave a lot open for interpretation. My take is that it's about leaving behind regrets, conventions, and religion and striking to see a new perspective from the seven seas; and see just how big the world is and how long time goes on, and see your existence from that perspective.

    > stab a sorry heart
    > with your favourite finger

    Stop feeling sorry and sad

    > paint the whole world blue

    Go out to the seas

    > and stop your tears from stinging

    Stop feeling sorry and sad

    > hear the cavemen singing
    > good news they're bringing

    Humans have lived for thousands of years and persisted,
    they've taken great risks, sailing out on the seas

    > seven seas
    > swimming them so well
    > glad to see
    > my face among them
    > kissing the tortoise shell

    Rejuvenated by the feeling of freedom, adventure and perspective on the seas

    > a longing for some fresher feeling
    > belonging or just forever kneeling
    > where's the sense in stealing
    > without the grace to be it

    We all have the instinct and desire for a sense of meaning and belonging
    What's the sense in getting the meaning from someone else, without actually feelingi t and making it your own?

    > seven seas
    > swimming them so well
    > glad to see
    > my face among them
    > kissing the tortoise shell

    Rejuvenated by the feeling of freedom, adventure and perspective on the seas

    > burning my bridges
    > and smashing my mirrors

    Letting go of religion and conventional way of thinking

    > turning to see if you're cowardly

    Going on this physical and spiritual journey with someone

    > burning the witches and mother religious

    Letting go of religion and conventional way of thinking

    > you'll strike the matches and shower me

    > in water games
    > washing the rocks below
    > taught and tamed
    > in time with tear flow

    The new perspective on life makes you see the human sorrow in a different way.
    sm92037on March 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentach! how is it nobody's commented even THIS yet! This is certainly one of their absollute finest songs. Any ideas what it means? that's why I came here...
    mopo976on January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe mood seems to be very positive, but the whole lyrics I can't really explain...

    Help Us Here...!!
    bear_hug20on July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm more of a lyrics fan myself, but just the mood of this song gets me - very meloncholy. Are the lyrics possibly a metaphor for death? i've no idea really, quality song though
    Joynseyon August 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the most beautiful song I have ever heard.
    WillyWiluhpson December 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWould you really describe it as "melancholy"? I think there's something quite uplifting about this song, especially the chorus. Not to the same extent as "Silver", but even so..."Ocean Rain" as an album is quite hopeful, I think. I'm not really sure what it means, but the imagery is beautiful.
    rabidoveryouon August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPossibly the best album of the 80's. Perfect.
    monster36604on January 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIm not that sure about the song meaning but in my opinion it seems that its about getting out there and doing something that your really want to do in life, no matter what that decision may bring you. The chorus especially seems to be saying it, with the lines :
    seven seas
    swimming them so well
    glad to see
    my face among them
    kissing the tortoise shell

    it seems to me when you listen to the verse's and then the chorus he seems like he saying that no matter what has happened he's glad he out there doing what he wants and that he's happy with his life for making that decision

    azpooon February 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis has always seemed to me like it was probably relating to Charles Darwin's voyage on the Beagle, especially the Galapagos. But I look at the lyrics, and don't see more than a couple of lines that really support that. So maybe it is, maybe not.
    ronald1020on January 21, 2016   Link

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