"Ship of Fools" as written by and John Davies Cale....
I can't believe what is happening to me
My head is spinning (Spinning)
The flowers and the trees are encapsulating me
And I go spinning (Spinning)

He was the baby of the class you know
He really didn't know that one and one was two
Two and two were four
He was the baby of the class you know
He really didn't know that
Really didn't know that
Oh what a poor soul

Oooh, do we not sail on the ship of fools
Oooh, why is life so precious and so cruel

I close my eyes and I try to imagine
What you're dreaming
Why can't you see what you're doing to me
My world is spinning (Spinning)

He was the baby of the class you know
He really didn't know that one and one was two
Two and two were four
You were the baby of the class you know
You were so young and so uncertain
Suffer little children
Oh what a poor soul

Oooh, do we not sail on the ship of fools
Oooh, why is life so precious and so cruel

He was the baby of the class you know
He really didn't know that one and one was two
Two and two were four
He was the baby of the class
He was so young and so uncertain
Suffer little children
Oh what a poor soul

Oooh, do we not sail on the ship of fools
Oooh, why is life so precious and so cruel

Oooh, do we not sail on the ship of fools
Oooh, why is life so precious and so cruel

Oooh, do we not sail on the ship of fools
Oooh, why is life so precious and so cruel

Oooh, do we not sail on the ship of fools
Oooh, why is life so precious and so cruel


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"Ship Of Fools" as written by Vince Clarke Andy Bell

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    General CommentIt is a melancholic look at some of the unfortunate attitudes towards homosexual love and how even in its most innocent and sweet ways... people have become corrupted/jaded by those who wish to treat them differently or as inferior beings. The main hints are "Baby of the class you know," assuming this in reference to a boy in a different class of society that frowns upon homosexuality. "He really didn't know that one and one was two..." instead of refering to that one and one make three... A couple having a child. This suggests to me that the person was also very naive in his outlook ("Young and so uncertain"), innocent in what he wanted and who he wanted to love. (Not surprising when you consider the album this song is taken from is titled "The Innocents.")
    ratfuckeron September 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is like an inkblot test ..The meaning depends upon your state of mind . I have always thought that this one is about a person ...who is innocent & still unaware of the wicked ways of the world . The line one & one was two , two & two was four ..is a metaphor for the liabilities that love comes with ....as in he falls in love without thinking of the consequences . This is one of my fav. erasure songs . There's a sense of urgency & the whole song screams tragedy !!
    baitnswitchon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with bait - it can mean different things to different people. Here's my two cents: The Ship of Fools refers to the world itself and its inhabitants. Many of us are innocent deep down but we really don't have a good idea about how things work. In the U.S. anyway there's talk about how the nation is getting dumber, how people are less educated than before, so we are, fools in a way. We didn't even know "that two and two are four." We're just a bunch of naive fools sailing through space on planet Earth.
    kupo75on May 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really love this one. espcially the slowed down acoustic version. My take on it would be that its sung from the point of view of a girl, who has feelings for someone , who has kept his innocence and naivity, where as the protaganist has been conditioned in the ways of the world. its a mismatch entirely, but they both feel for each other, and cant help the enevitable, that getting together would equate to him (and even herself) getting hurt oh very so.. love it
    deludedon March 15, 2009   Link

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