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Mogwai – Travel Is Dangerous lyrics

Who might know of this?
The notes we left
Our final thoughts
And we knew they'd get ours out

*Sink, sink*
*Drowned* by our country
Old machine
Is crushed and forgotten
Never surface again

The air runs out
The captain's first
So we take to memories
And layers of clothes

Up there the family weeps
Outside hammers
Noises sound like the end
And we will never see them

Sink, sink
Drowned by our country
Great machine
Is crushed, old and rotten
Never surface again

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    This songs tells the story of a Russian submarine, named “ Kursk”, which sank due to an explosion in the torpedo room. The submarine had a crew of 118 men, whom all died. The line “ The notes we left, Our final thoughts” tells of a note found on a Captain Lieutenant s body, which told of 23 men who survived the explosion and had to wait until the oxygen ran out. A line in the chorus “ Drowned by our country” refers to the rescue attempts offered by British and Norwegian teams, who had the equipment to save the survivors. These offers where refused by the Russian government due to “ outside political influences”. The singer talks of the survivors waiting it out in the second verse, “ The air runs out, The captain’ s first”. In the third verse he says “ Outside hammers, Noises sound like the end” this is talking about the submarine bending and collapsing underneath the ocean.
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