Feb 18

…there’s a price for being free.

LOST SAILOR

Lyrics written by John Barlow

Music by Bob Weir

Compass card is spinning
Helm is swingin’ to and fro
Ooh where’s the dog star
Ooh where’s the moon
You’re lost sailor
You’ve been too long at sea

Some days the gales are howling
Some days the sea is still as glass
Ooh reef the mainsail
Ooh lash the mast
You’re lost sailor
You’ve been too long at sea

Now the shore-lights beckon
Yeah there’s a price for being free

Yeah the sea birds cry
There’s a ghost wind blowin’
It’s calling you to that misty swirling sea
Till the chains of your dreams are broken
No place in this world you can be

You’re lost sailor
You’ve been way too long at sea
Now the shore-lights beckon
Yeah there’s a price for being free

Drifting yeah drifting
Yeah drifting and dreaming

‘Cause there’s a place you’ve never been
Maybe a place you’ve never seen
You can hear her calling on the wind
Go on and drift your life away
Yeah just drifting and dreaming
Maybe drift your life away
Drifting and dreaming
Yes I’m going on a dream
Maybe going on a dream
Maybe going on a dream
Maybe going on a dream

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Sailors have been known to use the night sky as a navigational aid. The Dog Star is also called Sirius. It is easy to spot in the night sky during winter and spring because it is the brightest star.

The Lost Sailor is faced with the trade-off between independence and connectedness. There are two kinds of freedom; freedom from (oppression, restriction, limitations) and freedom to be (whatever one chooses). The price of connectedness can assert limitations on one’s individual freedom. Conversely, the price of complete independence may result in a life of loneliness. Dreamers, drifters, poets and sailors are the embodiment of freedom. Deep within some individuals there lay an innate yearning to be free. The sea is a lure to the free spirit. It beckons the sailor to come drift and dream. ’til the chains of your dreams are broken. No place in this world you can be.”

The sailor may stay at sea too long and when he attempts to return to the shore finds it is foreign to him. The dreamer may spend a lifetime seeking, only to find he is lost and unconnected to the world in which he must live. In reality dreams need to be tempered with practicality and pragmatism. Lest the sailor find himself eternally lost with no one to guide him.

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