Our Ship's Sinking

(Rick Springfield/Matt Bissonette)

Woah, Woah, Woah
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

If I'm the one who caused your ship-wrecked life
Then hold my hand right to the fire
And I'll bear this cross of love enough for you enough for me, yea
Even though the water's all around, climbing higher
Though our ship's sinking, I'm rowing and I swear
I won't give up and I won't let go
So don't start thinking you're going anywhere
Cause I'm not ready to let you go

I booked a passage on a ship of fools
And I led the lamb right to the slaughter
We survived the storm somehow
I missed it then, I see it now and
It's a wonder I'm not laying face down in the water

Though our ship's sinking, I'm rowing and I swear
I won't give up and I won't let go
So don't start thinking you're going anywhere
Cause I'm not ready to let you go
Though our ship's sinking I'm sending out a prayer
And 10 good reasons you can believe
So just stop thinking you're going anywhere
Cause I'm not ready to let you leave

Bruised sky I can hear the thunder
These chains would have dragged me under
It's a wonder I'm not laying face down in the water

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Though our ship's sinking, I'm rowing and I swear
I won't give up and I won't let go
So don't start thinking you're going anywhere
Cause I'm not ready to let you go
Though our ship's sinking I'm sending out a prayer
And 10 good reasons you can believe
So just stop thinking you're going anywhere
Cause I'm not ready to let you leave
Our ship's sinking'...whoa, whoa, whoa
Though our ship's sinking...whoa, whoa, whoa
Our ship's sinking...whoa, whoa, whoa
Though our ship's sinking...whoa, whoa, whoa

 

According to US


Now this song, I Iove . I love the strumming at the beginning. I love that the tempo picks up at the chorus, almost as if the music is going as fast as it can so the song doesn't 'go down'. The words resonate with me, as I have always stood my ground and not gone down without a fight for anything. I think a lot of people living in America have gone through something similar to this song in the past couple of years, in their job or financial situation with the economy being the way it has been. There are so many different themes you could assign to the meaning of this song besides a relationship, which is also appealing to me. I have always thought that Rick has been a master at making every situation sound like a male/female relationship in his music. I think a lot of the times, it wasn't. This again, is a classic RS simile – I screwed up, you're the good one. But I'll be damned if I'm going to let you go. There's not so many big words as there are 'woah's' in this song, but that's okay. It's pretty damn close to a row, row, row when you're talking about being in a boat. Or in this case, a bigger boat - a ship. That cleverness just cracks me up.
I also think that this is a good one to do live as well. There is enough repeating of the simple chorus that even those unfamiliar with the song could be signing along by the end. It's probably those rows –I mean woahs. It's very pop-py sounding and I could see a band like One Direction performing this. I think it's a damn shame that Rick is not being played on popular radio anymore, the public is definitely missing out on gems like this one from this album. MP

"I'll bear this cross of love enough for you and enough for me"................
Ahhhhh, thank you Mr. Springfield
Ok seriously, counting Let Me In as part of the SFTEOTW soundtrack, this song falls at number 4 for me. And as usual two things stand firm for me…..I like the acoustical version CD rendition of it better than the original and of course…..I think it is written for his wife. I can't help it. I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but this is classic; I screwed up (not throwing any stones at Rick here, just referring to his written word (LLAN), I am lucky you are still here, I will fight for this relationship enough for both of us. I love the religious imagery mixed in with a ship sinking, a drowning martyr. Classic.
As much as I love the acoustical, the live version of this is SO powerful. Having just seen it last week, it is fresh in my head. When singing the phrase, "I am not ready to let you go"…the clenched teeth, a little spit spray eeking out because he is so passionately singing the line combined with the fierce finger pointing is very effective. Ok, yea...I swooned...but even my friend who is not "one of us" just looked at me and mouthed "wow". Good stuff.
Only one pet peeve, not a big fan of the whoa's. Not a big fan of the Nananana (sp?) In Love Screws Me Up...I get why the "sounds" are in these songs, they make decent bridges to the next line, but like I tell my preschoolers...use your words Mr. Springfield But he is, after all, Mr. Springfield...so he pretty much can do whatever he wants and it will turn out remarkable.
Tina

 I do like this song, there are a lot of cliches that are put together in a very poetic way. This song has somewhat of a Faithful feel to it, for me and I like this approach so much better. He's taking the blame, but fighting really hard to hold on to the relationship. An "I'll fight hard enough for both of us" theme. Second song on the album, second song about a relationship where she's the anchor, the heroin, the "good one" in the relationship.
I could actually live without the "whoa's", especially live
I do like the Whoa, whoa, whoa to row, row, row comparison. That is actually very clever.
Knowing that Matt and Rick wrote these songs together, I often wonder who is the driving force behind each song, who wrote the music, who is mainly responsible for the lyrics. I think we tend to give Rick most of the credit because its his voice delivering the message.
I just noticed how I used the phrase "hard to hold" in the review - so no pun intended. - rlh

I like the 'gesture' behind the lyrics in this song. I much would have preferred the 'Whoas' to have been replaced by some clever lyrics. Rick is the king of clever lyrics.
The analogy of a ship has been a constant in storytelling in his life as well as throughout my own, so the lyrics caught my attention immediately.
At times he sounds very committed to right a wrong - "I'll bare (vs. bear) this cross of love enough for you and enough for me" and during the only part of where I find the melody catchy and powerful - "Though our ship's sinking I'm rowing and I swear, I wont give up and I wont let go. So don't start thinking you're going anywhere, cause I'm not ready to let you go."
That being said...it appears that the song begins with questionable doubt that he is to blame for any wrongdoing  - "If I'm the one who caused your shipwrecked life.", but later in the song blame is perceived on his part but not exclusively to him alone – "I booked a passage on a ship of fools, and I led the lamb right to the slaughter....it's a wonder I'm not laying face down in the water." I also wonder if there is more behind the line "10 good reasons you can believe"...what are they? The ten commandments? Marriage vows? Contracts and riders? It’s just seems like that is a deliberate yet secret line that means more than a line that rhymes with 'leave'.
Short review for a fairly short song. Appreciate all the lyrics but I often skip this song immediately following the course which, combined with his lyrical delivery is, in my opinion, the best part of the song.
Kat Mendelin

Would it be horrible to say I'm not madly in love with this song?? I know it's a frequent at Rick shows and probably a favorite amongst his fans, but I have mixed feelings about it. When I'm listening to this CD, I find I have to be in the mood for it. Sometimes I actually skip it. Don't get me wrong... I will sing right along at his shows and love to watch him perform this song... but lyrically and musically there are other songs on this album that I prefer more. It is pretty clever musically, so maybe it's just me and how I'm interpreting the song. I can always appreciate Rick's talent for analogies, religious or otherwise, such as the lines, "If I'm the one who caused your ship-wrecked life. Then hold my hand right to the fire. And I'll bear this cross of love enough for you enough for me, yea." I wonder how different my review would've been before reading Rick’s book...
That being said, my favorite part lyrically and sound-wise is the little break in the song where he says, "Bruised sky I can hear the thunder. These chains would have dragged me under. It's a wonder I'm not laying face down in the water." I like how vocally he sounds amazing as always and I do like parts of the music.
A few things are unsettling for me in the lyrics. Lines like, "Though our ship's sinking, I'm rowing and I swear. I won't give up and I won't let go." On one hand it comes across sweet and dedicated to the end, a true survivor of love and relationships, but on the other...it almost sounds like desperation. As does the line, "So don't start thinking you're going anywhere, cause I'm not ready to let you go." That line bugs me the worst and comes across too bold or maybe "needy." (?) I like how he wants to hold on and keep trying as I can appreciate soldiering on and fighting the good fight, but I also think that (considering...), she would have every right to walk away if she felt a threat to their relationship (again). Maybe it's not about what he wants anymore?
Anyway, not to be a downer, but this song is ranked within a handful from this CD that are in the "bottom half" of my favorites. Kelley Pearson