"Sea Shanty" as written by and Samuel J. Coomes....
Repair the hull, replace the sails.
The monkey wrestles with the ghost
And a thousand pleasures form a thin veneer
Over lack of hope.
The captain was rightly murdered by the crew
But now they don't know what to do -
Drifting on the murky Sargasso of the everyday.
Work and slave and skimp and save
And you can buy yourself a bigger cave
And a thousand little cruelties we agree to pretend to ignore.
The ghost has got the monkey by the tail
And all they both can do is wail.
And you and I go drifting by the abandoned vessels of he everyday.

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"Sea Shanty" as written by Samuel J. Coomes

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    General CommentThis song has a pretty interesting symbolism. The monkey is man, or mans essentially animal nature. The ghost is spirituality, or more specifically, the soul as conceived by organized religion, in particular Christian religion. The crew murdered the captain when the rise of reason, existentialism, and secular science pretty much put an end (among “civilized” people anyway) to the old forms of belief. However the old social structures built by 2000 years of Christianity still persist, even though we often find them quite painful, “The ghost has got the monkey by the tail, all they both can do is wail.” But without a blueprint for a new kind of society, a new meaning of life, we’re left adrift in a pointless sea of consumerism, the accumulation of stuff our only available option. Who are the abandoned vessels of the everyday? It’s you and me, my friend.
    DevastatorJr.on July 18, 2006   Link

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