(Listen) to me, my best friend. Permission granted friend, but stay close to my heart and we'll get through this sad part. (Wander) with me, my lost friend and find something that makes sense. We catch drift far from home. Return to things we don't know. (This ship will burn) Breaking waves and bitter lives. (Full steam ahead) Turning tides and hanging minds. (Stop shoveling coal) Churn our sea, unpredictably. (The boiler room is full) (Recover) with me, my hurt friend. The wounds you wear aren't forever. The air will cool where you bleed. Your tears bear salt from our sea. (This ship will not overturn. These waves will not cool this burn. This sea will not swallow me. This past will not defeat me.) This distance is so absurding. Dropped anchor just to keep on moving. Found times bound ground in course from dead reckoning. The true course at what speed? Past times find ways to drown. Deciding distance for the present roaming. Off course source bound for worse in dead reckoning. We'll find true speed in traveling on. (Assumed command. Complied and warned those who don't know what it might have done.) (Hold on) to me, my last friend. My sails are free from all wind. Step down from my seat. My drowning mind sinks slowly.


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    this song is one of my favorites by sbb, it meant something to me when my best friend and i were going through a rough spot in our relationship... and it helped me realize how important she was to me. although that's not exactly what i think this song was trying to say... though i'm not going to attempt to decipher it's actual meaning. all small brown bike lyrics are perfect, and i can always relate in some way.

    pearlysaraon July 13, 2002   Link
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    I think that's exactly what this song is about. Small Brown Bike is amazing at expressing feelings of hurt relationships in their songs. Most of the songs on dead reckoning express that theme, losing a friend you love, or at least trying not to. It's so relatable because anyone has been through that, but i can't think of anyone whose expressed it quite as well.

    plosionon May 29, 2004   Link
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    everytime I hear this song I always think he's saying "Permission granted FriendBot." it'd be cool if there was really a machine called friendbot. i would buy it.

    tsucolon September 29, 2004   Link
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    what a rad song!

    BearsAndBeetson June 03, 2010   Link

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