Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

2 years, 10 months ago

Wow my eyes just were opened up to the meaning of the nursery rhyme that I’ve never thought before. I just randomly sang it today…"Row, row, row your boat,Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream". BAM!! "Life is but a dream" it kicked in. Such a strong meaning and yet as a child you don’t really realize it. Its like watching a movie you haven’t seen since you were a kid and now you start noticing all the dirty adult humor that was incorporated in it.

The idea that I got from it was basically row your boat, or your body (vessel) down the stream, meaning life, and direct yourself merrily throughout because after all this is just a dream. Which I’ve heard time and time again that the "true reality" is what lies beyond this life.

Sure enough looking up the nursery rhyme with the help of Wikipedia, its meaning fit to what I had just discovered myself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Row,_Row,_Row_Your_Boat#Meaning

You may have already realized this for yourself, but this is the first time I actually realized the meaning of the nursery rhyme sung as a child and I figured I’d share how my eyes were opened.

March 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

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Profile photo of John OMallen John OMallen (@omallen) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

XD Just got kicked in the childhood.

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve had this realization myself ;) Good call Lee!!

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago
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Profile photo of Sean D Stevens Sean D Stevens (@thelaughingfool) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Instead of rowing a boat, I’d prefer to fight the power. I know your character if you get it.

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Profile photo of Megan Wilson Megan Wilson (@poefan2490) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

The worst for me was figuring out the meaning behind “Ring Around the Rosie”….

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Profile photo of Kyle Kyle (@krim98) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Yes i forgot about this haha. for some reason i dont remember actually reading it up or realizing this form something but somehow i remember knowing this meaning. i wish i knew form what its bugging me lol.

@Megan yeah fucked up huh? ah childhood, so many hidden meanings :)

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Profile photo of Megan Wilson Megan Wilson (@poefan2490) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Well, for me at least, the stories and rhymes I grew up with were largely racist and misogynistic, so loads of fun! And I wonder why it took me so long to wake up to reality….

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago
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Profile photo of Kyle Kyle (@krim98) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

It’s like everything is in place to keep you mentally asleep

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

^ yup :)

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Profile photo of Kayla Kayla (@tangerinesky624) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

wow, never thought of it like this before. awesome realization, lee!

I am decorating an old t-shirt tonight and because of this decided to write on it “life is but a dream”

thanks & much love <3

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.” – Dr. Seuss

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Profile photo of Eric Eric M (@blankey) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Very cool. Reminds me of Bill Hicks talking about life being just a ride.

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Profile photo of Kyle Kyle (@krim98) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@Eric one of my favorites

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Profile photo of Billy Ray Billy Ray (@harris4828) 7 months, 1 week ago ago

The river of human consciousness is the compression of our souls, joined and intermingled according to the quality of our souls. Our life experiences. This is our destiny. Just as Jesus said that he is the “Way” to everlasting life. Our souls will assent to God. Without Him, and his redemption through accepting our souls to Himself, we are doomed to eternity with the “lost”.
Now, you have the choice. Once you pass to the river of souls, it is to late. Your soul comprises of the decisions, thoughts, and actions of this life. The cause. In the after life, it is the effect that is experienced for eternity. So row your boat the best you can. Jesus walks on the waters. Only He can lift you out.

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Profile photo of Marlon Marlon (@shoeopener) 7 months, 1 week ago ago

Not bad. Not bad. The thing is we never gain knowledge. We never learn. We never grow. We never master anything. We only become more conscious of what we are capable of.

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