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Barry Manilow: Ships Meaning

Song Released: 1979

Ships Lyrics

We walked to the sea
Just my father and me
And the dogs played around on the sand
Winter cold cut the air
Hangin' still everywhere
Dressed in gray, did he say
Hold my hand
I said, love's easier when it's far away
We sat and watched a distant...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2022 report

    We are all ships that pass in the night, my take is that the son enjoyed his childhood but didn't realize how much till he got older and moved far away

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 30th 2019 report

    It’s about an adult son who yearned for his fathers love. He knew he had it when he was a young child but the father had a hard time showing love to his son as the son got older. I don’t know why. It became the son said it’s alright to his father.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 12th 2017 report

    this song is about a father and child relationship. they see each other constantly, but they don’t feel each other. they go through the motions as if they were on autopilot. i believe there was a time that they did love each other, but it just became a habit to say,”i love you,” to each other. so now they’re like zombies, mindlessly crossing paths and never connecting like they used to.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 29th 2017 report

    Barry no longer lives near his father. They aren't emotionally or physically close. But despite the distance, they still love each other.

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