When the ship runs out of ocean
and the vessel runs aground
Land's where we know the boat is found
Now there's nothing unexpected
about the water running out
"Land's" not a word we have to shout

But there's something beside the shoreline
coming up from the shipwreck
moving across the beachhead
Making as if to say:
Women & Men
Bringing with them messages of love
and everywhere they go love will grow

When you see the faces of the women
and the men, you too will know
Women & Men have crossed the ocean
They now begin to pour
out from the boat and up the shore
Two by two they enter the jungle
and soon they number more
Three by three as well as four by four
soon the stream of people gets wider
then it becomes a river
river becomes an ocean
carrying ships that bear
Women & Men


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  • +1
    General CommentI'm surprised no one has posted on this song. So I will. I believe John & John were using simile to discuss giving birth, marriage, family and population growth.

    You be the judge...

    "ship runs out of ocean...land's where...boat is found": baby out of the water-filled womb, into the dry world.

    "nothing unexpected...water running out...not a word we have to shout": When ready to give birth, a woman's water breaks, but it's nothing to shout about.

    "something beside the shoreline...up from the shipwreck...beachhead": baby is born, mother is the shipwreck, hostpital room is the beachhead.

    "women & men...messages of love...love will grow": baby is either female or male, love of the parents, family love will grow.

    "faces of the women and the men...crossed the ocean..out the boat and up the shore": babies have grown up and are moving on.

    "two by two...jungle...soon they number more": Men and Women marry, or at least live together and join the community (the jungle), they have children of their own.

    "three by three...stream of people gets wider...river...ocean...carrying ships that BEAR women & men.": families grow larger, more and more families populate the earth and keep BEARING more and more children.
    deenfoxxon June 10, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis seems to me to be a song about the European discovery of the New World, and how the discoverers had entirely the wrong attitude towards it. The first verse says that they shouldn't have gotten excited about the discovery of new land, what they SHOULD have gotten excited about was the discovery of new PEOPLE. But they didn't value the people they discovered at all.
    slaven41on January 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor maybe it's just about a small ship of people arriving at a new, unpopulated place, and how it eventually becomes full and whatnot, due to traditional human behaviors... who knows? i tend to take it literally.

    good song, regardless.
    scheisseon June 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti always thought this was a song about emperialism.
    esmecaton May 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally would have guessed colonialism.
    eiffuyon December 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup
    Mr. Baconon April 06, 2007   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis song is about how only women and men should be together. Gays should not. wherever women and men go, love will grow. Wherever gays go, wickedness grows. It's told from a Puritan perspective, I'm sure, as They are very liberal. I don't agree with that view, myself.
    gingertofeeon June 19, 2008   Link

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