Tell me quick said old mcfee
Whats this all have to do with me?
Ive spent all my time at sea a loner.

Is there something else I should know?
Something hidden down below the level of your conversation?
Well he turned away before the answer
Though I yelled aloud he refused to hear
It became to clear
So it went as we put out
I was left in constant doubt
Everything I asked about seemed private

The captain strolled the bridge one night
I stopped him in the evening light
To ask him would it be all right to join him

But he stood there like some idol
And he listened like some temple
And then he turned away

All along the fateful coast
We moved silent like a ghost
The timeless sea of tireless host possessed us
The wind came building from the cold northwest
And soon the waves began to crest
Crashing cross the forward deck
All hands lost

I alone survived the sinking
I alone possessed the tools
On that ship of fools

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    General CommentI suppose this is what some would call a "throwaway song". On the album just to fill space. Which is why it's not very popular. Despite that it's one of my favorite Seger songs.

    The song is full of metaphors. Most of which too complex to try and interpret. But the feeling I get from this song is one of isolation. The protagonist in the song is a loner and has never felt like he fit into the "ship of fools".
    tastyon July 22, 2015   Link
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    General CommentFoucault has a nice chapter on the "Ships of Fools" that replaced Mary's of Bethlehem psych ward:

    Odysseus too is the sole survivor, all his friends at the Hotel of lost companions with heated pool and bar..
    mmcdonaldon February 06, 2019   Link

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