Mat Kearney: Ships in the Night Meaning
Song Released: 2011
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Ships in the Night Lyrics
You keep passing me by
Just wasting time
Trying to prove who's right
And if it all goes crashing into the sea
If it's just you and me trying to find the light
Like ships in the night
Letting cannonballs fly...
anonymous Feb 24th, 2012 2:22pm report
The song is about relationships and how it's easier to sail by a problem instead of stopping and solving or talking about them. The night time provides a sort of "cover-up" that makes dilemmas easy to pass by or ignore. (Hence the "Ships in the Night" title.) It's difficult to stop a ship and it takes lots of time, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE. Think about GOD and how a relationship with Him is passed by because it takes too much time and it's easier to stick with things and people that are temporary instead of sticking with a being that is permanent. But God's love is free and available to everyone. It's why it's so easily passed up.
anonymous Jun 27th, 2013 6:42am report
This song is trying to show how the guy is really in love with the girl but she keeps ignoring him just wasting time thinking she's the one who's right. But deep inside they both love each other & no matter what problems might come or anything that has happened,he will always fight to make the relationship workout. Just like all those times they've broken up they always somehow go back together because they love each other.
Everyone has problems but real love is always successful.
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nobodyyouknow Apr 26th, 2012 4:24pm report
This is about being in love but having problems with yourself and your family. This causes you to lash out at the one you love most but then "like ships in the night" you are searching but aren't finding what you are looking for. "keep passing me by" you avoid the problems. "just waisting time" not dealing with the problems and not fixing anything. "trying to prove who's right" you are just trying to be right and not thinking about the consequences of all of it. " and if it all goes crashing into the sea" if everything is out in the open. " if it's just you and me trying to find the light" when each other is all that you have, what are you going to do?
anonymous Apr 25th, 2012 4:08pm report
It's about a troubled relationship. 2 people just coexisting instead of living their relationship because it's easier to ignore than to deal with the problems at hand. They've let things get so out of control and now he's crying out and saying "I'm in this, I want to fix this."
anonymous Aug 16th, 2011 8:52am report
Their relationship is a cold one; they are waiting in the hospital.
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