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Cat Stevens Longer Boats Lyrics

Last updated: 11/25/2013 07:11:49 PM

Longer boats are coming to win us
They're coming to win us, they're coming to win us
Longer boats are coming to win us
Hold on to the shore, they'll be taking the key from the door.

I don't want no god on my lawn
Just a flower I can help along
'Cause the soul of no body knows
how a flower grows... Oh how a flower grows.


Mary dropped her pants by the sand
And let a parson come and take her hand
But the soul of no body knows
Where the parson goes, where does the parson go?


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According to the artist: | Reviewer: Pluto | 11/25/13

CAT: One thing, Americans try to make too much of my songs. They’re lust songs. I don’t know why I write them. But they try and find all kinds of hidden meanings in my songs. Longer Boats is actually about flying saucers. One night I was lying back in bed and I saw this flying saucer shoot across the sky and stop over me. And it sucked me up into it. When it put me down, I shot up in bed. I knew it wasn’t a dream, It didn’t feel like a dream, It was real, I know it was real.

Longer Boats Challenges Christianity | Reviewer: 2Cats | 6/20/13

Having looked at other reviews, and learning something of the artist's religous history, I think the allusion is to the invation of christianity locking up the body and the soul and throwing away the key. It is definitely about relilgous invasion. The parson represents Christianity. Who knows (or trusts) where Christianity will go? Or what it will do for the soul?

Longer boats are coming to win us | Reviewer: simonzee | 3/10/11

I understand wha this song is as I heard it for the first time today. Longer boats represent the muslim faith conquering England and mary and the parson represent the Catholic and protestant denominations being caught with their pants down and are presented as having no soul. The ones that are on the asteroid dying are muslims in other countries.

the relational data base of musical experience | Reviewer: cordell walker | 8/26/07

after reading thomas friedman's 08/26/07 column on gw and the swift boaters my open join acquired the longer boat song and dance act. i used to think it was longer boats are coming to get us. i used to think the purpose of the acquisition was open.
my lyrical interpretation was via the ineluctable modality of the auditory. no left turns unstoned. pre literal glimmering. on harder look?
cat stevens did go to katmandu. all shots are possible. nothing is certain. but mary, mary where are you going to drop your pants in remember walking in the sand.

great song great artist | Reviewer: Johnny | 2/12/07

the soulful voice of Cat rings true in this tune, he always sings from his heart and this track is no exception

Duncan's review | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/26/05

It's a good song, nice melody and interesting lyrics. The melody certainly prevails. I consider live version of this track to be significantly better than the studio recorded version. The former has just 2 guitars, a bass and vocal, and is probably a little more upbeat than the studio version, which seems a little overworked and not quite as uplifting.