'Hey Mac, see you down the Dolce Vita!
'Get back, we don't have time
'cause I hear we're sending off the heroes
When the year goes, they're out of the bay,
Trying to find a way
To make it alive'

'So long' said poor men to their families,
Be strong 'til we get back home.
And if not, take care of all the children
Until then just hope and pray
To make it alive'

'You guys are crazy'

They shout and then we leave the harbor.
In doubt, they're acting weird
And the sea is whipping up a welcome
If hell come we're all easy prey,
Trying to find a way
To make it alive'

'You guys are crazy'

The captain's hand shook for the guys to get in place
He said, 'Let's look behind your face.'
With each corner covered, they were all around
Waiting for the midnight bell to sound
'Out of sight," cried Aeron through his glasses
'Don't fight' said Gorham's smioulder
I was scared of being easy prey,
Trying to find a way
To make it alive'

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Down the Dolce Vita Lyrics as written by Peter Gabriel

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    Song FactPeter Gabriel has said in the past that one of his favorite filmmakers is Federico Fellini, who made a film called La Dolce Vita, so I assume that's where "dolce vita" comes from. There are no similarities between the plot of that movie and the apparent plot of this song, though.

    I always assumed it was either about men going off to fight in a war overseas, or trying to kill some kind of sea monster.

    I also always wondered if the guitar line in the break right before the last verse is intended to sound like the melody "Auld Lang Syne." I suspect it is, given the chiming clock heard prior to that.
    EnduringChillon March 28, 2018   Link
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    General CommentLove this song. I think it's a sort of Odysseus tale of heroes going to battle.

    The proper lines are, fdor the last verse:

    'Don't fight' said Gorham's smile. All the time his hand was on my shoulder.
    uffyon May 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. Feels very like a cross between late-Led Zeppelin and Born to Run era Bruce Springsteen.
    My guess is the voyage is basically a metaphor for sexual conquest.
    Tom74on February 27, 2015   Link
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    General CommentMind-numbingly fifth form.
    forlornuson July 25, 2018   Link

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