If you smile at me
I will understand
'Cause that is something
Everybody everywhere does in the same language

I can see by your coat, my friend
You're from the other side
There's just one thing I've got to know
Can you tell me please, who won

Say, can I have some of your purple berries
Yes, I've been eating them for six or seven weeks now
Haven't got sick once
Prob'ly keep us both alive

Wooden ships on the water, very free, and easy
Easy, you know the way it's supposed to be
Silver people on the shoreline let us be
Talk'n 'bout very free, and easy

Horror grips us as we watch you die
All we can do is echo your anguished cries
Stare as all human feelings die
We are leaving, you don't need us

Go take a sister, then, by the hand
Lead her away from this foreign land
Far away, where we might laugh again
We are leaving, you don't need us

And it's a fair wind
Blowin' warm out of the south over my shoulder
Guess I'll set a course and go


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    My InterpretationI mostly agree with the nuclear war suggestions. To me, the second verse is the most significant:

    I can see by your coat, my friend,
    You're from the other side
    Just one thing I've got to know
    Can you tell me please, who won?

    This verse lets you know the state of the world. Two people from opposing sides of a global nuclear war meet up, but the war was so vast and its destruction so complete and utter, that even the survivors can't tell who won the war, because not enough people are left alive to claim victory, and no civilization left to celebrate the end of the war.

    Most (or maybe all?) of the survivors live on wooden ships because the land is too irradiated. I think the "silver people on the shoreline" is an allegory for what nuclear war theorists refer to as the walking dead. They've gotten a lethal dose of radiation poisoning, but they haven't died from it yet. The people from the ships can only watch in horror as the "silver people" keel over and die, knowing that they represent most of humanity, and that the same thing is happening all over the world. Only the people who were on wooden ships have survived.

    The survivors struggle to find food that is safe to eat (the purple berries). Eventually, the survivors on the ships realize there's nothing they can do for what's left of civilization, so they set out to find a safe place to life, maybe an island somewhere. "Guess I'll set a course and go..." He still feels the pull of the mainland where he is from, but he knows there's nothing left for him there anymore. He's sad about it, but he knows he has to leave.
    MetalHeadSJon March 14, 2019   Link

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