Lead Sails (And A Paper Anchor)

Album: Lead Sails Paper Anchor (2007)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about war, and its effects. The lyrics, "Marching alone, like a good soldier does" indicates the loneliness associated with being a soldier in the war.
  • The very impossible concept of a boat with sails made of lead and an anchor which is made of paper indicates role reversal and a general impossibility - the knowledge that victory is elusive, and in no way can anybody win. "Sinking my heart turns to stone" - This is representative of what war can do to you, physically and psychologically. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ryan - Whittier, CA, for above 2

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum

Dave Pirner of Soul AsylumSongwriter Interviews

Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.

Tom Johnston from The Doobie Brothers

Tom Johnston from The Doobie BrothersSongwriter Interviews

The Doobies guitarist and lead singer, Tom wrote the classics "Listen To The Music," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove."

Charlie Benante of Anthrax

Charlie Benante of AnthraxSongwriter Interviews

The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.

Ralph Casale  - Session Pro

Ralph Casale - Session ProSongwriter Interviews

A top New York studio musician, Ralph played guitar on many '60s hits, including "Lightnin' Strikes," "A Lover's Concerto" and "I Am A Rock."

Rush: Album by Album - A Conversation With Martin Popoff

Rush: Album by Album - A Conversation With Martin PopoffSong Writing

A talk with Martin Popoff about his latest book on Rush and how he assessed the thousands of albums he reviewed.

Al Kooper

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.