This is another interesting song for discussion in our Look into the Song sub-board, because the term 'seal driver' refers to a set of tools used to repair wheel bearings on automobiles, and I suppose certain ship machinery as well. Here is a photo of a seal driver kit:
So is Ian basically saying that he is going to use the woman in this song in a sexual way, similar to Velvet Green? Note the phallic nature of the tool, which has both a male and female component. He's literally going to drill her.
Further support for this is in the line "I can captain you if you'd crew for me." I take this to mean he is going to order her around sexually, and she is going to love it. Her heart "comes alive" while the summer lighting cuts the sky "like a hot wire", and the mountain is "on fire".
But, as often is the case with Ian's songs, there is much more going on. Ian is clearly using the phrase seal driver (i.e., referring to the tools) as an ironic play on words on the phrase 'soul driver', which I believe means a lover who provides emotional support to his or her mate. Check out the Springsteen song, Soul Driver:
Rode through forty nights of the gospels’ rain Black sky pourin’ snakes frogs And love in vain You were down where the river grows wider Baby let me be your soul driver
Well if something in the air feels a little unkind Don’t worry darlin’ It’ll slip your mind I’ll be your gypsy joker your shotgun rider Baby let me be your soul driver
Now no one knows which way love’s wheel turns Will we hit it rich Or crash and burn Does fortune wait or just the black hand of fate This love potion’s all we’ve got One toast before it’s too late
If the angels are unkind or the season is dark Or if in the end Love just falls apart Then here’s to our destruction Baby let me be your soul driver
So which is it? Or is it both? Very interesting song indeed, and more complex than it seems.
Post by Cousin Jack on Dec 21, 2011 12:34:12 GMT -5
Very interesting I never thougtht of that before and putting sex aside for the time being as I often have to now that I'm getting on a bit when I saw the line I'll captain you if you crew for me I thought of Ian and Martin
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