The sun was in clouds, the sun looked out
Exposed a trail of mist and spouts
Ships followed the ancient lead
Deceiving friends under the sea
Wow, imagine that? They won't fight back
I got a theory on that.
A whale's heart is as big as a car
A whaler's thought must be smudged by the dark

They won't fight back, I'm sure they know how
Means they love or are too proud
They won't fight back. I'm sure they know how
Means they love or are too proud
They swim, it's really free
It's a beautiful thing to see
They sing

Hunters of land, hunters of sea
Explored anything formally
I refer to anybody that takes advantage
Of what that is free
They won't fight back
It's only a thought that makes it seem right
What you don't see is because of your sight

Take what you want, kill what you can
That's just one way of the mind of man
Take their lives, sell their parts
But there is not taking of their hearts

If I was lost at sea
That harpoon boat in front of me
It's the whale I'd like to be

They won't fight back
They won't fight back
They won't fight back
They won't fight back
They won't fight back
They don't know how
They won't fight back
They won't fight back
They won't fight back


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The Whale Song song meanings
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    General Commentthis is a pretty self explanitory song about whalers and whales and the injustice of it all.

    It was written by the drummer, Jack Irons and if I do say so myself, the whales couldn't have anyone better on their side.

    Svendalinaon June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the mistreatment of whales, obviously.
    Stoneyon May 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'hunters of land, hunters of sea. exploit anything for money." that's what i thought it was anyway. jack irons's voice is perfect for this song..i heart whales
    Nasuson June 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this was one Jack Irons wrote while he was with the band, around 1997. could b mistaken but eitherway he heavily influenced PearlJams new/weird/offbeat/whatever you want to call it sound at the time (Who You Are, In My Tree, Hail Hail/Evolution). great drummer
    JordyWordyon August 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentvery great drummer wanted by almost everyone. not only does this song have great pj stuff but always reminds me of the connection jack had w/ hillel slovak (guitar player for rhcp jacks best friend)
    i love JFon August 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentif you like this song you have to get his album attention dimension its really beautiful. it shows more about who jack is as a person who cares as much about whales and dolpines as he does for humans maybe even more.
    i love his big whale tattoo he hes on his heart!
    i love JFon August 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI freakin love this song, The meaning is pretty obvious especially siince it was written for an environmental cause (" I think it was called music for our mother ocean" or something) but this song inspired me to do my senior paper on whales and their dwindling population....

    Whalers are still hunting whales from japan people....and they're gaining more and more influence...

    Anyways, this is a great song, and Jack, has a pretty bland voice that is PERFECT for the song,...

    It was the "a whale's heart is as big as a car" line that made me fall in love with them...

    "If I was lost at sea,
    With that harpoon Boat in front of me,
    It's the whale I'd like to be"
    N0 C0DE 79on February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really great. Jacks voice is calming and relaxing just like a whale. Well I think so. Anyways, really great song, needs more comments. =)
    imthecookiemonsteron February 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti have alot more respect for whales after hearing this song. I'm not gonna lie i was pretty ignorant towards the whale population before but now i totally love those things.
    smmers75on March 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great. it's so weird yet so appealing
    ANTWANmyMANon June 28, 2008   Link

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