“I can see by your coat, my friend,
you’re from the other side,
There’s just one thing I got to know,
Can you tell me please, who won?
Say, can I have some of your purple berries?
Yes, I’ve been eating them for six or seven weeks now,
haven’t got sick once.
Probably keep us both alive.”
Given how much literature and film out there is dedicated to the (post) apocalypse, it’s really no surprise that this cultural obsession has filtered through into music.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and officially/unofficially Paul Kantner wrote Wooden Ships in late 1960s during the height of the Vietnam War and when the threat of war was imminent. The song is set in a, then, near future where the world was destroyed by nuclear war and survivors were taking wooden ships to escape radiation sickness. The ‘Silver People’ were probably men in radiation in suits.
My favourite version of this song is by Jefferson Airplane released in 1969 on the album Volunteers. The video I have embedded here is a little cheesy, especially with the ocean sounds at the beginning but please bear with it. It’s a fantastic song.