I'm searching for the great white whale, strong and bold.
And I will grab him by his tail, and drag him home.
Locked in a tower, he will sleep forever.
Locked in a tower, I'll never be alone again.

I'm searching for that open field, vast and scorn.
Down by the alder, we were wishing our hearts together.
Down by the alder, where you told me you'd never love another.

The animals are gathering to hunt me down,
To take revenge for kidnapping your gentle sound.
Down to the river, in the current you start to shiver.
Return to the river, with the howling of all the animals that needed you.

An uprising, impossible to fail.
The creatures come from land, and sea, and air.
The forest alive, with leaves, and bone, and hair, give the animals their whale.

Down to the river, in the current you start to shiver.
Return to the river, with the howling of all the animals that needed you.
In hunting and living, if you remember one thing, remember I needed you.

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Great White Whale song meanings
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    General CommentIt's a story. In an interview, this is what he describes thi song as...

    "There's this place where there's like these different areas to it, like there's this area with like land and sea. And then there's air. And then there's like... there's this one human or whatever that lives on land, ths one person... he's really lonely. And so he decides that he wants to go kidnap.. the biggest of and the greatest of all the creatures on his land or planet... so he decides to go grab the Great White Whale. Grabs him, brings him back home... locks him in a tower (I thought that was really kind of funny). Locking a whale in a tower and... he discovers that... all of the animals, the balance has kind of been shifted so they (start an uprising). They go to get the whale back and when he realizes what he has done, he's kinda like Oh, and goes and sets it free again.... the whole thee of it is kind of being lonely and kind of just.... doing the right thing in the end too".

    EveryEmotionon January 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The theme is being lonely, and being cautious about how you decide to deal with grief."
    charles summed it up
    brenddunon May 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song
    AustinSerieson March 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOkay I have no idea what this song is about, but one thing realized from this album as a theme is that the lyriscs mention "animals" and "creatures" throughout the album.

    Like in the song Looming Moon, theirs a line "We try to live a life respecting all the animals" and in the song Great White Whale the line is "Return to the river, with the howling of all the animals that needed you".

    And in the song Anchors it says "Anchors drag me down to depths of sea where creatures can watch me drown". and it in the song Great Whie Whale it mentions "The creatures come from land, and sea, and air."

    I think the most important line in the song comes in "give the animals their whale".

    But like I said I have no idea what this song is about or the overall theme of this Album, but I know it has to do with creatures and animals, I'm sure if it literally animals though or that the animals are a representation of something that is evil.
    gocoldturkeyon March 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, I haven't the foggiest clue what this song actually means, but I love it. :)
    LivingFlameon March 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLoneliness. That's all I got.
    NumbersNumberson June 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMe and a friend had a very long conversation about the meanings to all of these songs, and the nearest we could figure is that the entire album is about the start and end of a relationship, with the culmination of 'Great White Whale' being the final realization that nothing can ever be perfect, and that you destroy yourself in trying to obtain the the Great White Whale (white being pristine, the unattainable goal, in Moby Dick the white whale was the unattainable goal of Captain Ahab, and in this cd the Whale represents the perfect love, something which doesn't really exist, and is destroyed when one tries too hard to find it or to make someone into something perfect.)
    trpowerson July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh, and as far as we could figure out, the animals are representations of memories in the singers (Charles Furney) mind. They prey on him and influence how he acts in life, and in the end when he realizes that nothing can ever be perfect, he has to give the whale back to his memories in order to find peace again. Maybe all of this is a little far fetched, but this is just my take on it.
    trpowerson July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere's an interview with Charles on youtube and he said that this song is actually a narrative. I won't go into that much detail (you can look the interview up yourself if you want to), but its basically about this guy who lives in some remote part of the earth and he gets bored so he decides to capture the Great White Whale, which is kind of the "king" of all the animals in the land. He captures it, but then the animals revolt against him because they want their leader back. I'd highly reccomend listening to the full interview, he talks about the meanings af almost all the songs.
    LiverShiveron September 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI hate it when you find a song that's really deep and metaphorical, and then the singer says in an interview that it's just about some random shit he saw on tv or something. On the other hand it's quite funny xD
    boff-boffon November 03, 2008   Link

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