The meaning behind the song “The Stray Boat”

Photo credits: Eddy Tan

Photo credits: Eddy Tan

The song was originally entitled “The boat” was then turned to “The Stray Boat” but now, my friends chose the title “The Drifter”, I will be keeping the title “The Stray Boat” just for now…

So, my friends were quite confused when I showed them the song at first, they wondered, who was the boat? Is someone riding it? Is the person riding the boat lost? Or does the boat symbolize a lost person?

Well here is your answer, the boat/ watercraft, symbolizes the lost person, the maker of the boat, is God…

Don’t know if she’ll come back broken as she passes by the water fall.

And I pray that she’ll be safe as she journey’s through the waves, 

through the storms, and through the big giant caves.

The waves (minor trials), storms, caves (envy), are the trials and troubles the boat (or person) has encountered.

Don’t know if she’ll come back broken as she passes by the water fall.

One time, our heart group at church had a bible study, I remembered our Pastor saying “If a person drifts away from God, once they come back, it will be hard for them to revive their faith…”

(Just butting in: The song is actually about me, singing/ or telling the story about the boat/ person.)

Oh Boat where’d you go? ‘Cause I really need you home, I need to tell the world about the light.

Oh Boat where’d you go? ‘Cause I really need to roam, around the world to share the light.

My Aunt asked me “Why does the boat need to tell the world about Jesus, when she has already drifted away?”

If you double check the song and when you see the word “drift” it means, slowly being carried away by the waves/ current of the water… I do not know how to explain it properly, but when you see/ hear the word ‘carried away’ it means the person ‘was once’…

1 Peter 3:14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”

1 Pet 4:12-13  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

The person (boat) was once a Christian and might’ve got carried away (temptation, sin, pride, etc) and started to drift away from the Lord. (A shorter and easier explanation, with no other complications)

Moving on…

Row, row, the boat back home, Row the boat back home

In here, I am telling a certain person to lead the person back to Christ…


I hope I didn’t confuse you guys further, I tend to do that often, apparently I don’t have the best vocabulary and I have to explain it… the harder way 😀

But anyways! This song is dedicated to my sister in Christ, I do not know if she wants to be mentioned here so I’ll keep it like that for the meantime….

PS. Do not worry, I won’t be doing this much often… but I would really really really really appreciate it if you guys liked this post.

Love, Mary

Link to the poem: The Stray Boat


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