Little Ducks
Hans Zimmer Lyrics


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Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep,
Its own appointed limits keep.
Oh Saviour whose almighty word,
The winds and waves submissive heard,
Who walkest on the foaming deep,
And calm amid it's rage did sleep
Oh hear us when we cry to thee,




For those in peril on the sea.

Overall Meaning

The song "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," also known as "The Navy Hymn," is a powerful and evocative invocation to the divine. It beseeches God to protect those who face danger on the high seas, and to use His supreme power to tame the roiling ocean and its mighty waves. Hans Zimmer's arrangement of the song, titled "Little Ducks," is a haunting and beautiful rendition that adds additional layers of meaning and depth to the lyrics.


The first verse of the song speaks to God's role as the creator and master of the ocean. He controls the tides and limits the power of the water, but also has the ability to calm the storm and bring peace to His followers. The second verse continues in this vein, referencing the Biblical story of Jesus walking on water and commanding the waves to be still. The final verse is a plea for mercy and protection for those in danger on the sea, asking God to watch over them and bring them safely home.


Zimmer's arrangement of the song is sparse and haunting, with a repeating piano melody that underscores the solemnity of the lyrics. The choir's harmonies are rich and layered, creating a sense of depth and awe. The overall effect is both uplifting and somber, perfectly capturing the power and majesty of the divine.


Line by Line Meaning

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Everlasting God, powerful and unchanging in your divine salvation.


Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
You who have such great might that you can still and control the unstable waters.


Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep,
You command the vast ocean depths with your mighty voice.


Its own appointed limits keep.
The ocean knows and obeys the boundaries you have set for it.


Oh Saviour whose almighty word,
Oh Lord, who possesses the power to command and determine the fate of all.


The winds and waves submissive heard,
Wind and surf tremble in surrender at the sound of your commanding voice.


Who walkest on the foaming deep,
You have the power to walk across churning oceans that would swallow and destroy any others.


And calm amid it's rage did sleep
With a peaceful rest, you have the power to still the violent waves of the sea.


Oh hear us when we cry to thee,
Oh Lord, please hear us when we call out to you in our need.


For those in peril on the sea.
We ask for your divine aid for those who are facing danger on the seas.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: HANS FLORIAN ZIMMER

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