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What the (blank) are SEASIDE ARMS!?

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OK. I can't find any explanation ANYWHERE on the Internet!!

In the song "True" by Spandau Ballet, what does this line mean?:

"Take your seaside arms and write the next line."

I love this song (love Gold just as much), but never could figure this out. Also, someone told me they heard this song is about suicide. Any confirmation on that?

Thanks!
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  • i think (?) and really, what the fuck do i know?! but i think, it's a metaphor for suntanned arms .. the only reason i say it is because of the line before it "sand's a time of its own"

    So true funny how it seems
    always in time, but never in line for dreams
    Head over heels when toe to toe
    This is the sound of my soul,
    this is the sound
    I bought a ticket to the world,
    but now I've come back again
    Why do I find it hard to write the next line
    Oh I want the truth to be said

    Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
    I know this much is true
    Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
    I know this much is true

    With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
    dissolve the nerves that have just begun
    Listening to Marvin (all night long)
    This is the sound of my soul,
    this is the sound

    Always slipping from my hands,
    sand's a time of its own
    Take your seaside arms and write the next line
    Oh I want the truth to be known

    Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
    I know this much is true
    Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
    I know this much is true

    I bought a ticket to the world,
    but now I've come back again
    Why do I find it hard to write the next line
    Oh I want the truth to be said

    Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
    I know this much is true
    Huh huh huh hu-uh huh
    I know this much is true
    This much is true
    I know, I know, I know this much is true
  • 6 years later, I think I might have your actual answer. I've put a lot of thought into this song (5-6 years worth! kidding) and I think I know what is meant. Specifically, I know what is meant by seaside arms, and I don't think it's a tan.

    OK, basically, we get the idea that someone wants to write their story, an autobiography, or something like it. He wants the truth to be said, but he can't seem to say it. I think what it really comes down to is part that he is a failure (always in time but never in line for dreams - he never achieves his dreams; bought a ticket to the world, now I've come back again - Went out to make his way in the big world, but has given up.), and he's got a dirty secret.

    He tries to write about his life, but never can seem to write down the things that he knows are important to his story, but is afraid of people finding out about. (Why do I find it hard to write the next line? I want the truth to be said)

    He's getting anxious over this so he takes the pill, gets the thrill, and kills these nerves that have been building up inside of him, while he chills listening to Marvin Gaye. (self explanatory)

    The next part gets everyone confused:

    "Always slippin' from my hands
    Sands of time of it's own
    Take your seaside arms and write the next line"

    This is actually where we find out what the secret is. First -slipping from my hands - an inability to explain/write what he is ashamed of.
    Then - sands of time of it's own - Not only is it tough to decipher, but you really have to listen and relisten, and even then, a minute later, you're not sure you've heard it correctly. I know someone said it's sand's a time of it's own, in other words, sand has a time of it's own. Interesting, but I don't think so. Sands of Time is long established and well known concept, referring to the sand in the hourglass. Whatever the secret is has its own hourglass. I think the write is pondering whether he can get away with telling this story. Will people write it off as something that happened when he was younger, or scorn him for his actions? Has enough time passed that the truth can be known?\

    And then, apparently, it's decided that it has because the next line is:
    "Take your seaside arms and write the next line."
    There you go.
    Just kidding, I'll explain.
    "Take your seaside arms and write the next line" is a line from the Nabokov novel, "Lolita". If you are familiar with the story, then you know it's about a grown man that goes through some unusual happenings to get into a relationship with a 12 year old girl (usually something like 14 or 16 in the movies).
    I think very simply the writer's secret is that something similar happened to him.

    If you want to know more about what seaside arms mean, look into Lolita.

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