…and I still have my hands at the wheel.”
My mind seems to be drawn to the sea just now, hence the posting of this video. But what a line this is – “Tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis…” As a writer and teller of tales, I have a huge admiration for the storytelling talents of songwriter, Billy Joel. He is a troubadour of our times (well of mine anyway); a poet, musician and social commentator. So I hope you enjoy this multi-stranded creation, musical flash-fiction if you like, and so well constructed. Please do look at the full lyrics too, at the link below.
The Downeaster Alexa by Billy Joel
Full lyrics HERE
12 thoughts on ““Tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis…”
Thanks Tish, I don’t know much about Billy Joel – my loss I fear. This song is very poignant in these days of over fishing and troubled waters.
Well he’s not made a record for about 20 years, so it’s not surprising if you don’t know him, Gilly.
I enjoyed the song!
I only own one Joel album, Glass Houses, but I do enjoy listening to him.
I must be honest, ever since watching Perfect Storm, I get the heebie jeebies watching anything to do with the sea.
Yes, I know what you mean. I think that ‘s what the Billy Joel line reminds me of.
That movie actually left an indelible mark on me – not a nice one either.I watched it once – never again.
I wouldn’t say I have a fear of the water – my father and grandfather were from Newquay and grew up by the sea, and we spent plenty of time by the beach at Rhyl and other places when dad was stationed in South Wales
Odd I guess, that it was just that film.
Hm. Perhaps the film locked on to some other, perhaps tangential experience that is hiding in your subconscious. Not that a single viewing of a film cannot be deeply shocking. I’ve never really got over the Devils of Loudun – so many expressions of vile human behaviour.
My only scary sea tale was stepping off a sand bank when I was six or seven.
I think the movie was just so tragic.
Enjoyed the song & video!
Its actually “Trawling Atlantis” as in a fishing trawler.
I take your point, Dennis. But trolling is a method of fishing.