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Sailin away on the crest of a wave
Its like magic
Rollin and ridin and slippin & slidin
Its magic

And you, and your sweet pussay,
Don't ya do it. Don't ya do it.
You took me, higher and higher
Its a livin thing,
Its a terrible...


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    Mar 10th, 2013 3:54am report

    I think its about the decline in the quality of pies, pasties and sausage rolls. The line " .... on the crest of a wave..." is when you first realise you're hooked on the taste of the pastry, "...slipping and sliding" refers to the individuals need or fear of getting a crook serve: you know one of those tasteless overheated, dried out pastries that you wish you hadn't purchased. The line "... get a life" appears no where in this song but is a wonderful piece of advice for those of you , who waste yours spending time worrying about the A B A B rhyming method in poetry and pop songs.


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    Dec 22nd, 2012 12:31pm report

    Its about the concept of real life and the actual bond between two individuals, your mind, hence your heart, LOVE, is a terrible thing to lose. When they state, im taking a dive they mean like love, its a challenge, not giving up, how it requires two to complete anything, its a living thing, your mind, heart, its a given thing, its so simple, love is natural and to deny something as such would be a gruesomely devastating concept


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    Apr 5th, 2012 4:14am report

    Everyone it's about whales, how whaling should be banned.


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    Apr 3rd, 2012 4:43am report

    The song is too upbeat to be about anything dark...Obviously it is about the thrill of falling in love and the fear of losing it.


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    Dec 12th, 2011 12:22am report

    Anybody who states this is an anti-abortion/anti-choice song is an idiot. Jeff himself explained this was written about love.

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    Nov 28th, 2011 11:46am report

    In Australia in the early 2000's the song was use as part of a government campaign for environmental awareness to help save Australia's ecosystems. It fits very well to "A terrible thing to lose". I always think of the fragile planet we live on and what we are doing to it when i hear this song.


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    Sep 22nd, 2011 9:34pm report

    He's in love with a married woman.


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    Jun 23rd, 2011 6:29am report

    This song is a reflection on the seductive and fleeting nature of love.


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    Jun 13th, 2011 6:07am report

    It is telling you not to do abortion hence "what a terrible thing to lose" (a baby) ...... "It's a given thing" (a baby) ...."believe this is what you've conceived from your worst day" (suggesting the person is thinking about abortion)

    This song, like every person with a brain, says to not do abortion. Abortion is killing babies. Every human has the right to life.


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    Apr 5th, 2011 4:24pm report

    Sounds like addiction to me.


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    Mar 4th, 2011 3:22am report

    It is about abortion and the loss of a life


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    Feb 28th, 2011 2:21pm report

    I remember at the time thinking it was a song about The Beatles breaking up. Nobody told me, I was just a teenager still reeling from the realization that the Fab 4 were no more. Then John's death...


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    Dec 27th, 2010 12:24pm report

    dissociation thats what it sounds like to me....going far from this world in a different realm...to escape from something...dont you do dont you do it...


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    Jun 20th, 2007 6:41pm report

    Sorry, this is totally wrong. As Jeff himself said in some interview, he found it strange and interesting how many interpretations you can put into this song, but he just wrote the lyrics about love... love being a livin' thing.

    Bernd Podhradsky (bernd.podhradsky@podosoft.net)


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    May 26th, 2006 5:20am report

    This song is about Jeff Lynn and a girlfriend of his that had an abortion when she was pregnant with him.

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