[Track Info] [The Lyrics] [Explanation]
1. Studio version (04:30)
2. Re-recorded studio version (04:02)
3. Live (Reading, England, "Reading Rock Festival", August 29th '82) (04:12)
Notes: Version 2) was recorded
with the drummer John Martyr. It has several differences from 1).
The musical structure is also different: 2) has a shorter
instrumental introduction and a fading end instead of the
repetition of the instrumental opening. Live version 3) follows
the original studio version 1).
Lyrics by Derek William Dick (Fish)
Performed Live for the first Time: 24-Dec-81
Published by Marillion Music
Three boats down from the candy,
vacant deckchairs on a floodlit beach
Three boats down from the candy, rollers coast invade the deepest sleep
Three boats down from the candy, carnal dancer let their senses preach
It's a social disease, it's the new moral
Don't think crying wolf will give you the answer
You ask for my love on the strength of a kiss
But can't you just play for1 experience?
I'm a poet, I'm a poet, I'm a minstrel, I'm a minstrel, I don't need your chains
Romance lies in ruin let debauchery reign, let it rain.
Wipe the tears from your eyes, wipe the sweat
from your thighs
Don't crawl to me with sentiment, my laughter drowns your cries
You're a memory trapped on Polaroid, a puppet drawn on celluloid
So drink the wine, confess your sin, just flotsam in a silent void
Three boats down from the candy, I'll remember
Three boats down from the candy, much to much to lose
Three boats down from the candy, those words were never true
Three boats down from the candy, I'll remember you, I'll remember you, I'll remember you
In the re-recorded version the purple
coloured part is added.
1 In the re-recorded version "for" is replaced with "from".
Copyright © 1997 Fraser Marshall, Matthew Anderson & Bert ter Steege.
Brewers: To give a false alarm. The allusion is to the fable of the shepherd lad, who so often called Wolf! merely to make fun of the neighbours, that when at last the wolf came, no one would believe him. This fable occurs in nearly every nation the world over.
This is the name of the name of a boat. Three boats down from the Candy means that the place (Brighton) where the story (about a one night stand) took place was three boats away from the first boat that had a name (in stead of a number) and was called "The Candy".
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2000