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Blondie: The Tide Is High Meaning

Song Released: 1980


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  1. anonymous
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    Jul 31st 2022 report

    The original song was written by Jamaicans, who are very familiar with the ocean tides. Two possible interpretations come to mind: (1) Old-time sailing ships left port at high tide, when the reefs and underwater obstacles were covered by the maximum amount of water. Thus "holding on" here would mean not leaving port when there was golden opportunity. (2) It might also refer to the maximum tidal current or flow, so "holding on" means refusing to be swept away by the force of the tide.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 28th 2020 report

    The song is about trying to be with a man but many other girls are after him. The metaphor "the tide is high" is referencing the amount of other women after the same guy. And "but im holding on, im gonna be your number 1" is referencing how she won't give up, and will try harder to get the attention from the man.


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