Through the days of passing years 
I walk alone with all my thoughts - this is age, and the feeling that the older you get, some stuff just seems to stick around that you can't get rid of
Softly suffocating as the
Numbers climb - in summer 2020, the general feeling in the air was that of not being able to breathe. George Floyd couldn't breathe, the air itself was poisoned with the coronavirus, and the feeling of not being able to go anywhere or do anything, all of it felt suffocating
I imagine better days
Taking solace in the hope of gently
Conquering the vastness of the
Oceans where I float - I remember sitting on my bed, my job was ruined by the pandemic, I had lost my place, my car was broken down and wouldn't run anymore, and I felt adrift in a huge ocean, with nowhere to go, and no idea how things would get better in the future
Among the endless waters crashing
Suddenly appears a boat
To my surprise a cry for help
Emerges from my throat - I realized people all over the world were feeling just like me. I had pretty much stopped posting on social media, it felt like... what's the point? Then I kind of realized, that's how I can get through this. We can't help the virus, but we can help each other get through this thing.
And I say

Hey
I hope your boat is not destroying
All our friends who love to swim below - this line has two meanings. One, it's a nod to all the environmental activism I see in the younger generation. It makes me so hopeful about the future. Two, it's generally about sobriety. It's so easy to rely on substance abuse when things get bad, and it's my way of saying, that's not gonna get me through this time. It never really got me through anything.
And they say
Hey
It's just a simple rowboat made for
All who simply need a place to go 
So I say
Hey
I hope you will take me to
A destination far away from home - that feeling where you want to be anywhere but where you are. That's the feeling I had. I just wanted to be somewhere else, because I couldn't leave.
And they say
Hey
Hop aboard and join us in a
Journey to wherever we may go - I couldn't leave the house, but I reflected on the sense of community I found online. So many people I consider my friends who I met through music, and who listen to my music. I realized I'm not alone. Just had to take a look around and realize my friends were there for me in a new way I hadn't understood until that point. 

The vessel found a distant shore
Forgotten and remote
We mapped the maze of hidden trails and
Mountains capped with snow - this is the part where idealism runs rampant, and I'm all about it. Knowledge and information moves so fast now, and I'm so hopeful that as technology progresses people will solve some of these problems that don't make any sense. Why does poverty exist at all? We could feed the whole world. Why are so many people extremely poor and just a few so rich? It doesn't make sense, and I'm inspired by all the passion I see from people I've met online. For some kind of meaningful change to happen, we have to dream it first.
The sick are never hungry now
The air is filled with sound
When heavy weather comes we run to
Tunnels underground - I look at all these natural disasters, and I'm always so shocked that we are so vulnerable at this point in time. We have the means to protect ourselves. So much of the world's suffering is unnecessary, and I imagine a time when so much of that suffering is eliminated. 
I found a place among the souls who
Offered me a rope
Thankful for the day my journey
Came across the boat - I'm reminded every day by people I've never even met in person that it's ok to dream. I've never forgotten, but it always helps to be reminded. All the people I've come across doing Grand Commander, who dig the music, you dig that part of me that I most hope people will accept. So every person who has liked, commented, sent me a message, and become my friend... you have directly inspired this song. You along with anyone else in my life who has offered me help. Friends, family, so many. It's so tempting to say "I've done this myself," but when I think about it, anything I've done has been made possible by a huge community of people that I'm a part of, and I'm so grateful for it. 
So if you're feeling cast away and drifting
Off to parts unknown
Keep scanning the horizon for a
Vessel will be shown - This is my way of saying hey, I know I'm not the only one. Whoever you are, I hope in some way I can have a positive impact on your life the same way you have had a positive impact on mine. Not only me, but take a look around at the community you are a part of. I didn't realize it until I looked. Maybe you can realize it to, and maybe it can ease part of a burden you may be carrying. 
And you'll say

Hey
I hope your boat is not destroying
All our friends who love to swim below
And they say
Hey
It's just a simple rowboat made for
All who simply need a place to go
So you say
Hey
I hope you will take me to
A destination far away from home
And they say
Hey
Hop aboard and join us in a
Journey to wherever we may go

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