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Who Isn't Wounded?

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Dongg
Sorry, too much eggnog.
seaworthy
So, as I researched the songs meaning I came across the last two versus not in the OP's video.
Here's the complete song, and it's meaning below....hope you find it interesting....along with lyrics


We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray


And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

[Bridge 1]

[Verse 2]
She said, there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well've been closed


And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

[Bridge 2]

[Additional Verse ]
She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,'
Though in truth we were at sea
So I took her by the looking glass
And forced her to agree
Saying, 'You must be the mermaid
Who took Neptune for a ride.'
But she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straightway died


And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

[Verse 4]
If music be the food of love
Then laughter is its queen
And likewise if behind is in front
Then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
Seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
And attacked the ocean bed


And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale
seaworthy
according to Mike Butler, a Manchester- based music writer, who says he has teased out the song’s meaning through conversations with its authors, a final climactic verse which has never been sung, but which was revealed in 1994, despite the song’s mournful echoing of a funereal dirge, it is, says Mr Butler, (journalist for the Independent in the UK) an account of a drunken seduction. ‘The song explores what it means to be wrecked, in more than one sense of the word,’ he says, adding that it uses the sea as a metaphor, and the final missing lines are the giveaway:
‘My mouth by then like cardboard

Seemed to slip straight through my head:

So we crashed, dived straight way quickly

And attacked the ocean bed'

Butler goes on to assert: ‘the drunken seduction is consummated, and the sea metaphor reaches its apotheosis in the oblivion and forgetfulness of sex.’
seaworthy
From that Denmark concert ca 2006: a true 'seaworthy' tune


All hands on deck, we've run afloat
I heard the Captain cry
Explore the ship, replace the cook
Let no one leave alive
Across the straits, around the horn
How far can sailors fly?
A twisted path, our tortured course
And no one left alive

[Verse 2]
We sailed for parts unknown to man
Where ships come home to die
No lofty peak, nor fortress bold
Could match our captain's eye
Upon the seventh seasick day
We made our port of call
A sand so white, and sea so blue
No mortal place at all

[Instrumental part]

[Verse 3]
We fired the guns, and burned the mast
And rowed from ship to shore
The captain cried, we sailors wept
Our tears were tears of joy!
Now many moons and many Junes
Have passed since we made land
A Salty Dog, the seaman's log
Your witness, my own hand
seaworthy
I see they wiped out the vid I posted on Whiter Shade of Pale....lets see if they accept this one...
ashlander
doh

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