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Message In A Bottle


We often read fictionalized accounts, or watch poignant movie portrayals, of someone stranded on a desert isle who drops a message in a bottle in the hopes of getting rescued.  Why didn't they think of that on TV's Lost?  They may have gotten off that bloody island by now.  Or on Gilligan's Island. I don't think they ever thought of a simple message in a bottle in the three seasons they were on television.  Three seasons?  It was supposed to be a three hour tour...a three hour tour.  Add on Gilligan's decades of syndication and that little sucker wasn't a clueless bumbling nincompoop for 3 hours or 3 years.  He showed us how dumb he was for close to 30 years.  It also perpetrated the age old question, "Ginger or Mary Ann?"

I wonder if Sting was thinking of Ginger and Mary Ann when he wrote his Message in a Bottle in 1979.  Formed in 1977, The Police were known for the reggae-influence in their music.  This song is from their second album Regatta de Blanc, a top seller in Britain and the rest of Europe.

The video is somewhat unique in that it is apparently the televised debut of Message In A Bottle, prior to its recorded release.  It's also before the band members dyed their hair their trademark blond.  Another message in a bottle, as it were.





Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh 
Another lonely day, with no one here but me, oh 
More loneliness than any man could bear 
Rescue me before I fall into despair, oh 

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world 
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world 
I hope that someone gets my 
I hope that someone gets my 
I hope that someone gets my 
Message in a bottle, yeah 
Message in a bottle, yeah 

A year has passed since I wrote my note 
But I should have known this right from the start 
Only hope can keep me together 
Love can mend your life but 
Love can break your heart 

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world 
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world 
I hope that someone gets my 
I hope that someone gets my 
I hope that someone gets my 
Message in a bottle, yeah 
Message in a bottle, yeah 
Message in a bottle, yeah 
Message in a bottle, yeah 

Walked out this morning, don't believe what I saw 
Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore 
Seems I'm not alone in being alone 
Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home 

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world 
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world 
I hope that someone gets my 
I hope that someone gets my 
I hope that someone gets my 
Message in a bottle, yeah 
Message in a bottle, yeah 
Message in a bottle, yeah 
Message in a bottle, yeah 

Sending out at an S.O.S. 
Sending out at an S.O.S. 
Sending out at an S.O.S. 
Sending out at an S.O.S. 
Sending out at an S.O.S. 
Sending out at an S.O.S.

This musical interlude is brought to you by Theme Thursday.  Drop by and follow the links to see how my blogging buddies interpreted "bottle" today.

Comments

Deb said…
Gilligan was an oaf. Too much reefer. I want to know why Ginger brought all those evening dresses and jewels on a three hour tour, a three hour tour.
willow said…
The professor should have thought of it!
nonamedufus said…
Deb: The Captain had the drug problem...and ensuing munchies! Ginger's extensive wardrobe was never explained.
nonamedufus said…
Willow: He'd have been the logical one.
nonamedufus said…
California Girl: Yeah, me too. I thought the vid was an interesting find.
My vote is for Mary Ann.

For whom do you vote? :)
nonamedufus said…
UR: I confess I was always a Mary Ann fan.
Anonymous said…
I'm a huge fan of Sting and The Police. Just not when they are trying to give me a ticket.

Barum bump!

hee hee
CatLadyLarew said…
Thank god you posted the Police video so I had something else besides the theme from Gilligan's Island to circle round in my head today.
Anonymous said…
That song totally makes me start tapping my feet and singing along...

Mine is here.
nonamedufus said…
Quirks: Oh I hate to get stung by the police!
nonamedufus said…
Don: Mary Ann's in the lead.
nonamedufus said…
CL: Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...
nonamedufus said…
Titanium: It's got a good beat and you can dance to it...
idifficult said…
Great song. Yep, I like your idea of an ending to Lost. A small note in a bottle would work wonders.
nonamedufus said…
idifficult: I lost interest after season one.
Considering that they were just a blip on the pop music radar (five albums over a period of just under five years), they were pretty damn awesome. "Roxanne" will always be a personal favorite.
nonamedufus said…
Chris: I saw them on their reunion tour...they were still pretty good.
Dreamhaven said…
Enjoyed the show a lot. Always thought it was unrealistic in that there should have been children by season 3. Too hot for TV I guess, at least back then.
nonamedufus said…
Dreamhaven: The last thing that show needed was a bunch of little Gilligans running around the island!
Canadian Blend said…
I dropped a bottle in the English Channel back in 1975. It had my address in it -- my cousin lives at that address now.

Every day... I wait... hoping someone has found the bottle and sent a postcard to my old address.

OK. That might be an exaggeration. But, wouldn't it be cool?
nonamedufus said…
Cdn Blend: It's been known to happen.
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