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The lesson you'd do well not to forget
Your life could be the one it's wisdom saves
At sea, where you're beleaguered and beset
On every side by strife of wind and waves

Despite the best of maps and the bravest men
For all their mighty names and massive forms
There'll never be and has never been
A ship or fleet secure against the storms

When kings upon the main have clung to pride
And held themselves to masters of the sea
I've held them down beneath the crushing tide
Till they have learned that no one masters me

But grace can still be found within the gale
With fear and reverence, raise your ragged sail



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    BlayedSep 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm
    This song is written in the perspective of the element of Water. This song serves as a warning to man not to treat the water lightly, and to remember that it is truely in charge when setting sail. The first three stanzas show Water's warning to man, and demonstrate it's power, for example "I've held them down beneath the crushing tide, Till they have learned that no one masters me.". The last stanza basically states that man may use the water, but must be respectful and not overstep their bounds.

    This song is one of 4 songs on The Alchemy Index which is written in Iambic Pentameter, The Flame Deluge, Kings Upon the Main, Silver Wings, and Child of Dust.
    Each of these songs is written to illustrate the relationship between man and each represented element (in order according to song titles listed above), Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
    The last 2 lines of each of these 4 songs are all rhyming couplets, which share a vocal melody.
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    UnregisteredFeb 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm
    I think this song is in keeping with the theme of the index. Each disc ends in a sonnett written from the perspective of its respective element. This is the last track of water, and is written from the perspective of the sea. I think this individual track was designed to follow the theme of the album. If you equate the sea to a deity, then that is your interpretation of it. Perhaps kensrue wrote it with that in mind, but its designed to be about the sea.
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    UnregisteredFeb 1, 2012 at 4:42 am
    Well isn't this a pleasant and civilized conversation? :p i personally believe that this song is up to interpretation if someone sees some meaning, however illogical it is, in this song that touches them, then yay cuz this really is awesome :3 if you don't, then that's too bad but everyone just shut up and enjoy the fricken music!!!
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    YoudidntseeanythingMay 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm
    @jcsmed10. You know who's being shallow right now? You are. Honestly, at this point you're looking WAY too deep into things in order to find refences to your almighty "God". Who says Christians can't write about things that aren't exclusively about God? Why can't Dustin or C.S. Lewis write about other religions, the elements, or a freaking donkey on the moon for goodness' sakes!? Besides, if you're calling lyrics like this 'shallow' if they aren't about God, you must be pretty stupid. You think writing songs about the elements is "SOULESS"!?!?!?! What the @#*($& are you ON!? Seriously, stop and think about this for a second. How many people have died out at sea? How much artwork do you see hanging around that include water bodies in them? If your God was the one who created water, shouldn't you be thanking him for such a beautiful thing instead of calling it souless? I'm not trying to tell you to change religions or anything and I don't give a crap if you've changed your opinion of the song, but at LEAST try and rethink the way you just thought about the elements.
    And this song is lovely.
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    HateuguysJun 30, 2010 at 2:10 am
    @jcsmed10. Please stop equating nature to a god. It is your interpretation not fact. It is more likely that tge songs are about the elements. Based on what the songs say and the fact that here are four song that suspiciously sing about the said four elements.

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