"Rudderless" as written by and Evan Dando....
Waiting for some thin' to break.
Left my heart out to bake.
Nothing there in my glass.
Wasn't air meant to last.

Hope in my past.
Hope in my past.
Hope in my past.
Hope in my past.

All the way down to the lake,
(Found the lake was wet).
How much more could I take,
(Better yet).
Walked back home to my place,
(Tired of getting high).
Guess I don't want to die.

Hope in my past.
Hope in my past.
Hope in my past.
Hope in my past.

Waiting for some thin' to break.
Left my heart out to bake.

Slipped my mind that I could use my brain.
I'll stay up all night and crash on the plane.

Ship without a rudder's like a ship without a rudder's like a
Ship without a rudder.

Ship without a rudder's like a ship without a rudder's like a
Ship without a rudder's like a ship without a rudder's like a ship without a
Rudder's like a ship without a rudder's like a ship without a rudder.


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"Rudderless" as written by Evan Dando

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is my favorite on the album and is brilliant on many levels - melodically, chord-progression, vocal delivery, and most of all, lyrically.

    Self deprecation, self loathing, esteem issues, "addiction" issues, depression -- big issues melded together with great metaphors of empty glasses, broken things and baked hearts.

    Knowing Dando's drug and addiction history -- it would not surprise me if the song's antagonist is Dando himself. "Tired of getting high" is key, and shows all of the associated feelings behind it, including the

    terrible cycle of addiction and depression. The past hope sounds odd at first, but turns out to be ironic, funny and sad. Hoping in the past = hoping not for a future, but for perhaps brighter and better

    things that occurred in the past.

    The final coda / outro sums up the deal - a rudderless ship is a ship without direction (i.e. - an addict / depressed individual without a direction of life -- just floating through life and not taking direct

    action). "A ship without a rudder" repeated is just that... a ship without a rudder... no other metaphor or comparison can be put forth. It is what it is. There is no better way to describe it. And perhaps no other way

    for the protagonist to move on. Resignment with a tiny hint of sympathy.

    Near perfect.
    cgnjnyon February 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, this song is about having done too many drugs for too long, and just being strung out to the point where you can't function. If you're ever unsure about what a Lemonheads song is about, just assume it's about drugs in some way or another.
    leamancon December 21, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentBy far my favorite on the record. Suprised this one doesn't have any comments yet.
    blucowon August 11, 2006   Link

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