Boston Spaceships’ Brown Submarine

October 11, 2008 at 11:06 am 1 comment

The second song on the “Brown Submarine” is the album’s namesake. It is very similar in tone and lyric to one of my favorite Circus Devils’ songs, Nicky Highpockets (previously written about here).

I love her
She love me
We go down to the sea

Bringing earth
To the air
In our brown submarine

Have you dreamed Carolinas
Or drawing a line further under
As the ghost of your notions
The sea crossing oceans
Do you love her?

And the old men in boats
Are the ghosts of the sea
We’ve Nutella and toast
In our brown submarine


Some of my favorite songs from Pollard contain “ghosts.” The most poignant lyric from Tractor Rape Chain is “there’s a ghost in my room and he says I better run.” My favorite song from “Waved Out” is Wrinkled Ghost, which also talks about “setting sail.” Download the beautiful demo of Wrinkled Ghost here.

Wherein Guided by Voices always seemed to bring up their proximity to the Wright Brothers and the birth of flight, Robert Pollard loves to go the nautical route with a lot of his side projects. Fading Captain, anyone?


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1 Comment

  • 1. Isabellle  |  October 13, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Speaking of ghosts, don’t forget we have a hunt on Friday! Hope you don’t get so scared you poo your pants.

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