father
you're a sad old man
your tawdry vest is gray

memories
of a former man
are all your words convey

father
oh can't you see
the tarnished robe you wear

a crown
for fools
the people laugh
you never seem to hear

father
you're life's a ship
that's never been to sea

the bottle
that surrounds your life
you'll sail eternally

[keyboard solo]

children
please understand
a man must stand alone

and face a world
he'll never know
and never call his own

ba ba bum bum
[continue echo]

father
[continue echo]


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    General CommentIMO, this song is about the Catholic Order of Saint Augustine, or maybe about Roman Catholicism itself. That would be ironic because they recorded the organ part of the song in a Catholic church.
    gillusionon May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is pure genius, songs like this aren't recorded anymore. Simple, yet with a clear message.

    The song has two parts - the first part is about a missionary of the Catholic Order of Saint Augustine, trying to spread the word. He's a pityful man who thinks he has sailed the seas of life - however, he hasn't realized his ship's in a bottle.
    The second part is the real message; that you can't just rely on a Jesus to carry you, but that you must stand strong in a world that is, and will always be, not entirely known.
    baloubicon June 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about the restraints Christianity puts on its clergymen.

    father
    you're life's a ship
    that's never been to sea

    the bottle
    that surrounds your life
    you'll sail eternally

    and

    children
    please understand
    a man must stand alone

    and face a world
    he'll never know
    and never call his own

    =

    Priests not being allowed to marry and have a family, etc.
    Oberheim345on June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI doubt it- Dennis DeYoung, who wrote this song, is a devout Catholic. To me it seems more like a lament for those whom the world has left with the passing of time.
    neotemplaron November 14, 2008   Link

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