"Derelict" as written by Michael S. Simpson, John Robert King and Beck David Hansen....
I dropped my anchor in the dead of night
I packed my suitcase and threw it away
I fell asleep in the funeral fire
I gave my clothes to the police man

Blow back derelict wind, lay my soul in the foul of the air
Blow back derelict wind, lay my soul in the foul of the air

Shooting venom at the passers-by
I'm hi-jacking stop the heaven down
I put my eyes in a paper bag
I'm spinning round like a gambling wheel

Blow back derelict wind, lay my soul in the foul of the air
Blow back derelict wind, lay my soul in the foul of the air

I dropped my anchor in the dead of night
I packed my suitcase and threw it away
I fell asleep in the funeral fire
I gave my clothes to the police man

Blow back derelict wind, lay my soul in the foul of the air
Blow back derelict wind, lay my soul in the foul of the air


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"Derelict" as written by John Robert King Beck David Hansen

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    General Commenti'm surprised beck doesn't have more comments. his music is more poetry than song, it's fun to decipher. though obviously open to more interpretation, i think 'derelict' is mocking society for ignoring their moral obligations and for being ignorant to the problems that face them ("..put my eyes in a paper bag") and feel that they're more comfortable staying grounded rather than taking action ("dropped my anchor...unpacked my suitcase and threw it away..."), while cursing those who DO take action/can't live sitting down ("..shooting venom at the passers-by").
    schroederon March 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about hobos, vagrants, bums, what have you.
    Incinerateon September 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thnk it's a really cool story about hobo bum living but moreso the interesting things about it. Badass music, makes me think it's Beatles inspired.
    tarzan05on April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it would be better if it said: "Blow back derelict wind, lay my soul in the Foutain of Eden"

    Thats what I thought it said...
    Gruberon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentvery sad sounding song. that said, still one of my favorites. sounds like he's sick of the rampant neglect he sees all around him, finally ready to throw it all away.very focused on humanity's negativity. sad and hypnotic. i could and have listened to this song all night.
    onefierytongue666on January 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI had...always thought that this was about what the soldiers experienced when they get back( dropped my anchor in the dead of night) and don't get any of the money promised to them after service because of government issues(unpacked my suitcase and threw it away, I gave my clothes to the police man) and become hobos on the street who depend on drinking (I put my eyes in a paper bag)and gambling (Spinnin' round like a gambling wheel)

    Awesome drum beat, tho. FTW Schroder
    The-Felinial-Friendon March 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song on the CD before I looked at the title, I thought he was saying Dalek like on doctor who... lol weird. This is interesting, I like the instruments. I always thought this was song was about not caring anymore, he's giving/throwing away/losing things and also the whole feel of the song gives me that idea. I was thinking apathy/tiredness. But I like the hobo interpretation more.
    DJgifon November 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Gave my clothes to the policeman..."

    Could that mean that the derelict got arrested? It's never happened to me but when you go to jail you have to wear what they want you to wear, right?

    The album this song is on, Odelay, was produced by The Dust Brothers who had also produced the Beastie Boys' 2nd album, Paul's Boutique.
    dpepper73on August 14, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about crystal meth.
    Oddsyntaxon August 13, 2016   Link

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