Thought one day I'd make my fortune
Like the ancient cavalcades
From the shipyards of New Zealand
Chasing history I left home
Moving west into the sunset
Became the sunset of our lives
I was factory made and settled
Safe from storm and broken earth

There's so much to do every day
Dreams keep on disappearing
We cling to the walls of our heart
Keeps us from coming undone

Now danger lurks behind the spreader
And Charlton Heston casts the first stone
User interference birthmarks
Clever, not very wise

Let the lamp lights keep on shining now
While those searchlights in skies they are turning
We climb to the top of the heap
I wish I could fly

I can't get lost
I can't get confused
Something's misplaced
Maybe for good

Lyrics submitted by Golgotha

Shipyards of New Zealand Lyrics as written by Martin Rotsey James Moginie

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    My InterpretationIt starts off with a guy working in the shipyards of NZ. But he dreams of riches and hears rumours that you can make a million in Australia - probably in the gold fields. But he is not cut out for hard labour, so he works in the offices as a clerk or something. He works so hard every day, it never stops, and so slowly, his dreams fade away while he deals with the now. But deep down he kids himself that he will still be successful. From time to time he has to hide his real heritage as he climbs the social ladder of the oligarchs. Now he is at the top of the heap - he has forgotten his original dreams - they are lost, as is he.
    WeirdoLibidoon June 12, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's about a sheep.
    RobinHon May 05, 2020   Link
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    General CommentBit obscure - disillusionment in not realising your dreams and finding the world is not in great shape?
    Sunnyhillon November 06, 2012   Link

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