Ship of Fools: Something hidden down below the level of conversation?

Probably the first time I heard the phrase “Ship of Fools”.

It’s an ancient message.

Ship of Fools, Bob Seger from the 1976 album Night Moves

“Tell me quick” said old McFee
“What’s this all have to do with me?
I’ve spent all my time at sea a loner.”

“Is there something else I should know?
Something hidden down below the level of your conversation?”
Well he turned away before the answer
Though I yelled aloud he refused to hear
It became to clear
So it went as we put out
I was left in constant doubt
Everything I asked about seemed private

The captain strolled the bridge one night
I stopped him in the evening light
To ask him would it be all right to join him

But he stood there like some idol
And he listened like some temple
And then he turned away

All along the fateful coast
We moved silent like a ghost
The timeless sea of tireless host possessed us
The wind came building from the cold northwest
And soon the waves began to crest
Crashing cross the forward deck
All hands lost

I alone survived the sinking
I alone possessed the tools
On that ship of fools

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One Response to Ship of Fools: Something hidden down below the level of conversation?

  1. I think Sebastian Brant made this really popular back in the 1400’s. Though I doubt he wrote a song about it like Seger did.

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