"The Ship Song" as written by and Nicholas Edward Cave....
Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history baby
Every time you come around
Come loose your dogs upon me
And let your hair hang down
You are a little mystery to me
Every time you calling 'round

We talk about it all night long
We define our moral ground
But when I crawl into your arms
Everything comes tumbling down

Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history baby
Every time you come 'round

Your face has fallen sad now
For you know the time is nigh
When I must remove your wings
And you, you must try to fly

Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history baby
Every time you come around
Come loose your dogs upon me
And let your hair hang down
You are a little mystery to me
Every time you calling 'round

Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history baby
Every time you come 'round


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"Ship Song" as written by Nicholas Edward Cave

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    General Commenti think this song is about inspiration. the process of creation.
    it's always a struggle. taking from some unknown source. working as a tool for something you may not fully understand.

    you can define a moral ground, think of it as a craft, put it in a 'frame'. but when it comes to 'painting' - rules are no longer valid. they're useful as a rational background. hints for the person who encounters it, leading to the certain emotional path. but the process of creation remains a mystery.

    come sail your ships around me
    and burn your bridges down
    - an invitation for a brand new journey

    come loose your dogs upon me
    and let your hair hang down (image of tranquility)
    - haunt me with ideas and watch the clash

    your face has fallen sad now
    for you know the time is nigh
    when i must remove your wings
    and you, you must try to fly

    let's say that inspiration is personified as an angelic vision of a woman. with wings being a symbol of freedom but also of a womb. her face is sad, she feels the end is near. the work is done. another gulf has its bridge.
    i think that's the most difficult/important part in the process of creation - knowing where the thread changes its structure. the moment when you say 'cut'. you see the birth of something that has its own life.
    'remove your wings' - remove protection. you must try to fly - find your way to people. inspire. 'grow your own wings'.

    this song is more than a song. it's a description of a particular frame of mind. that's the way i see it.
    but the most important beauty of any song, poem, painting, (...), is the fact that anyone can understand it in his/her own way. if it strikes a chord, develops something new in you every time it comes around - the work is done. the circle is closed.
    balticon July 11, 2005   Link

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