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Blue Oyster Cult – Shooting Shark lyrics

Well I bumped inside the magic man
And he laid some tricks on me
He said, "you do need help my friend"
I whispered, "obviously"
He laid a spread of jacks and queens
And he bade me take my pick
But every face it had your face
I cried out, "i am sick"

Sick of hauling your love around
Want to run the train alone
But the engine tracks straight through your heart
And weighs me like a stone

Oh, it's a hard load to love you
It takes up all my time, having you
So familiar
Like last life's
Nursery rhyme

So I gave away the pictures
And your golden ring
And the phone calls you sent me
And the silver birds that sing
Then the man he told me something
That really brought me down
Your things were thrown away, it's true
But you were still in town

Sick of hauling your love around
Wanna run the train alone
But the engine tracks straight through your heart
And weighs me like a stone

Oh, it's a hard load to love you
It takes up all my time, having you
So familiar
Like last life's
Nursery rhyme

The magician let a message
It flashes when I hide
Accept the chains of loving
Accept or else remove yourself from her side
And do without her love
And I lay back with a steel chain
I keep it by my side
I could mail a letter to you but I still
Have my pride

Sick of hauling your love around
Wanna run the train alone
But the engine tracks straight through your heart
And weighs me like a stone

Three times I've sent you back from me
Three times my bones gone dry
And three times I've seen the shooting shark
Lighting up the sky

Oh, it's a hard load to love you, babe
It takes my breath away
The fourth time round
Is the last time round
There's nothing else to say



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    Shooting shark is a poignant tale of the surrendering of essential parts of one's self in the context of romantic love and relationships. All human interactions involve a process of give and take, compromise, setting boundaries and taking a hard line (which can involve the brutal domination of another's psyche) or making it clear in thought, feeling and action that serious interpersonal consequences will occur if particular lines are crossed. This is the context in which the lyrics of this song unfold. The writer laments that the relationship has cost him dearly, drained him of spirit, crushed dreams of intimacy, connection and love. Lost, forlorn and alone, he wanders into the domain of a psychic, and the magic man unfolds the cards in front of him, (but every face had your face). The magic man need not possess any real powers other than the insight of interpersonal pain to register the glaringly obvious discontent on the man's face. ("You need help my friend," "Obviously" comes the reply). His perseveration on the power she has over him dominates every waking thought, and he "is sick of hauling her love around." So dominated by her relationship, it feels as if some Karmic debt is being paid, "Like last life's nursery rhyme" and the author must throw off the "chains" this relationship imposes upon him. He gives away her gifts in a vain attempt to purge her from his mind (rings, phone calls, pictures and birds that sing) but he is still weighed down with the realization that he had entered into this relationship of his own free will, and that in giving away this things to reclaim his freedom, these are hollow gestures that do not provide any measure of comfort or restoration of his battered spirit. The magic man again informs him that love is a double edged sword, and that "he must accept the chains of loving." What binds us to another person weighs us down, for their weaknesses become our burden's to bear. If they do not manage these traits of thinking, feeling and behaving, we are condemned to join them in their own personal prison. (Hell is not a place in this context, but a state a mind or dimension of being.) Three times he tries to break free, until it pulls the very moisture from his bones. His message fails upon deaf ears, for she cannot change enough to join him on his life's journey (for the train runs straight through her heart, and weighs him life a stone.) He ends the relationship on the fourth attempt, and walks away, for there "is nothing left to say." In the end his love, understanding, attempts at communication, gifts. Everything failed. He must save himself and move on.
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