Hello, I'm Henry.  

Welcome aboard my blog's home. 

If you come along with me, you'll become acquainted with my motley mates and faithful crew:

Experiences, Sightings, Observations, Impressions, Ideas, Reflections, Remembrances, Insights and Commentary.

They, after all, have accompanied me for as long as I can recall. Their tenure has helped me turn my tiller, fill my sails, and transport me over seas to distant lands. Maybe if you take the time to get to know them, a few will do the same for you.

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Sea Songs Continued ~ K-N

Sea Songs Continued ~ K-N

Relating to Our Inner Sea

Whether we recognize it or not, our relationship with the natural world often reflects our relationship with ourselves. How we see the sea is often how we see ourselves.  If we experience the sea as beautiful and amazing, we see life that way. Whether the sea scares us when it is rough or comforts when it is calm, we know life as peaceful and tumultuous at times. 

Loving the sea is easy, especially when our eyes are full of wonder. If the sea draws us to it, then we learn relationship. If it resonates with our being, it is part of us. But the sea can be capricious so we learn respect, trust and much more while it teaches us life lessons. The sea impacts our being. If we see ourselves as an extension and an offspring from the ocean, we see the sea as from whence we came. 

French Kissin' Life

Don't really know what day it is

Been rocking nine days in a row

All I know is it's hurricane season

And any minute she's gonna blow

I need a shave and I need some rest

I know some people are worried about me

But I'm french kissing life square in the mouth

Sailing out on the sea

Went through customs and immigration

Still this feels like home

I'm floating 'round through Gorda Sound

With a cooler and a bong

Maybe I could've been a pirate

Maybe in my next life that's what I'll be

French kissing life square in the mouth

Sailing out on the sea

Tonight I don't need to feel famous

Out here all I feel is free

French kissing life square in the mouth

Sailing out on the sea

Maybe I could've been a pirate

Maybe in my next life that's what I'll be

French kissing life square in the mouth

Sailing out on the sea

Boats

Ol' Joe's got a Boston whaler

He bought in Key Biscane

He swears since the day he's got her

She's been nothing but a pain

When the sun's at his back

And the winds in his face

It's just him and the wheel

He wouldn't take a million for the

Way it makes him feel

Boats

Vessels of freedom

Harbors of heeling

Boats

Newport is where John hung his hat

Til he lost his wife Jo

Now forty feet of sail antique

Is where Ol' John calls home

He watched his life pass before his eyes

In the middle of a hurricane

Came out alive on the other side

That's where "the other side" got its name

Boats

Vessels of freedom

Harbors of heeling

Boats

Twenty years of a landlocked job

Was all that tom could take

Sitting at his desk

All alone and depressed

Says this just cant be my fate

Went home that night and told his wife

You can tell all of your friends

It's been real but it ain't been fun

Gonna get us one of them

Boats

Vessels of freedom

Harbors of heeling

Boats

Vessels of freedom

Boats

Soul of a Sailor

He walked in with a salty sway

Lookin' like Blackbeard in his day

A brother in arms just like me

I was born a son of the sea

I can't be still, I can't be tied

The only time I feel alive is

When the wind fills my sail

Riding on a lifelong swell

Let my heart take me where it wants to go

That's the soul of a sailor, the soul of a sailor

He slid a stool and a beer to me

Said, you know, we're both a dying breed

Here's to love lost and newfound friends

And living out life in the boat we're in

I can't be still, I can't be tied

The only time I feel alive is

When the wind fills my sail

Riding on a lifelong swell

Let my heart take me where it wants to go

That's the soul of a sailor, the soul of a sailor

Let my heart take me where it wants to go

That's the soul of a sailor, the soul of a sailor

Be As You Are

Man, I could use a Pina Colada

Little bit of sun on my skin

A hammock, a book

Never gonna look back

Once my feet hit the sand

I've had it up to here with this rat race

Need a smile on my face

I wanna go where I can lighten up the load

Drive a little while on the wrong side of the road

Get this laying low off to a flying start

Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun

Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon

Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star

And be as you are

Gettin' stuck sure would be easy

In this palm tree paradise

Ambition fades with every wave

For the finer things in life

Maybe I'll just hang around here

Go home later next year

I wanna go where I can lighten up the load

Drive a little while on the wrong side of the road

Get this laying low off to a flying start

Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun

Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon

Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star

And be as you are

I wanna play my guitar in the Caribbean sun

Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon

Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star

And be as you are

Be as you are

Pirate Flag

Well I come from a little bitty, homegrown small town,

Smoky Mountains, nice place to hang around.

Moonshine, that's where they make it,

Put it in a jug, makes you wanna get naked.

But I jumped on a greyhound bus one night

And took it all the way to the end of the line.

Stepped out in the sun, when my feet hit the sand

What a long strange trip

I spent my whole life running around

Still let the wind kinda blow me around

Well I dropped a note in a bottle

To a long-legged model

And I traded it in for a whole 'nother world

A pirate flag and an island girl

Well my friends back home think I've gone and lost my mind

Take a sip of rum and you really would know why

Jolly Roger flying on the picnic table

Blender in the kitchen, willin' and able

Don't know what makes you say "What the hell"

But when the salt air catches a hold of that sail

Something 'bout it makes her just wanna dance

And she loves to dance

I spent my whole life running around

Still let the wind kinda blow me around

Well I dropped a note in a bottle

To a long-legged model

And I traded it in for a whole 'nother world

A pirate flag and an island girl

Pirate flag and an island girl

Well I remember back home 'neath the big ol' moon

Tucked back in the woods, yea life was good

But here we are in a local bar and drinkin' shooting stars

I might spend my whole life running around

Still let the wind kinda blow me around

Well I dropped a note in a bottle

To a long-legged model

And I traded it in for a whole 'nother world

A pirate flag and an island girl

A pirate flag and an island girl

A pirate flag and an island girl

A pirate flag and an island girl

A pirate flag and an island girl

KT Tunstall:

Leadbelly:

Sail On, Little Girl, Sail On

My gal gon' sail

To some foreign distant land

My gal gon' sail

To some foreign distant land

An' I'm gon' be

Some other woman's man

Said on, sail on, little girl, sail on

Go on, sail on, little girl, sail on

You gon' keep on sailin'

Till you lose yo' happy home

When that mean old train

Carried my gal away, befo'

When that mean old train

Carried my gal away, befo'

I was young and wild

People, I didn't know

I could change my mind

And love somebody else

I could change my mind

And love somebody else

I lived in misery

But I brought it on, myself

But I'm so glad

I don't feel that way, no mo'

But I'm so glad

I don't feel that way, no mo'

If she can stand to leave me

I can stand to see her go

Little River Band:

Vahevala

I'm thinking about when I was a sailor

Spent my time on the open seas

When we'd stay off the coast of Jamaica

I'd secretly steal ashore

The natives were waiting for

The boy with the lazy soul

To sing with the sailor

[Chorus:]

Vahevala, homeless sailor

Vahevala, homeward sail away

Vahevala, homeless sailor

Vahevala, homeward sail away

Every evening I'd be gone

Back on board by break of dawn

I'm thinking about the nights in Jamaica

Pretty girls dancin' here and there

Stole a keg and now I'm drunk as a sailor

The captain he don't know

Where Billy he done go

But I'm singing with native girls

The songs of a sailor

[Chorus]

Every night in Jamaica I'd sing with the lady

And drink with the men till the morning appear

Healthy sunshine is fresh on my face

As the songs of the night puts the ring in my ear

[Chorus]

Loudan Wainwright's III:

Sunny Sailor Boy

On a day of days

I stood and gazed

Over the western sea

Startled and struck

Frightened to look

When a mermaid called to me

Ooh-wah Ooh-wah

Ooh-wah Ooh-wah

My sunny sailor boy

Like a man in a dream

For an age it seemed

I stood as still as a stone

While the mermaid sang

And her melody rang

Like a memory calling me home

Then the sea and the wind

And the shores did spin

Though my resistance was strong

All the stars in space

Filled the mermaid's face

She captured my will with her song

Somehow I spoke

The enchantment broke

I rubbed my eyes open wide

Like a dream she was gone

What remained was a song

Borne on the ebbing tide

Ooh-wah Ooh-wah

Ooh-wah Ooh-wah

My sunny sailor boy

Lyle Lovett:

If I Had A Boat

If I had a boat

I'd go out on the ocean

And if I had a pony

I'd ride him on my boat

And we could all together

Go out on the ocean

Me upon my pony on my boat

If I were Roy Rogers

I'd sure enough be single

I couldn't bring myself to marrying old Dale

It'd just be me and trigger

We'd go riding through them movies

Then we'd buy a boat and on the sea we'd sail

And if I had a boat

I'd go out on the ocean

And if I had a pony

I'd ride him on my boat

And we could all together

Go out on the ocean

Me upon my pony on my boat

The mystery masked man was smart

He got himself a Tonto

'Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free

But Tonto he was smarter

And one day said kemo sabe

Kiss my ass I bought a boat

I'm going out to sea

And if I had a boat

I'd go out on the ocean

And if I had a pony

I'd ride him on my boat

And we could all together

Go out on the ocean

Me upon my pony on my boat

And if I were like lightning

I wouldn't need no sneakers

I'd come and go wherever I would please

And I'd scare 'em by the shade tree

And I'd scare 'em by the light pole

But I would not scare my pony on my boat out on the sea

And if I had a boat

I'd go out on the ocean

And if I had a pony

I'd ride him on my boat

And we could all together

Go out on the ocean

Me upon my pony on my boat

Maggie Reilly:

Tears in the Rain

Away from home

alone again

this time my train is going

many miles away from you

I think there's something you should know

I think it's time I told you

there's something deep inside of me

there's someone else, I've got to be

Tears in the rain

we'll never be the same

what can we do now

baby we're thru now

we'll never meet again

tears in the rain

we'll never be the same

nothing to do now

baby we're thru now

I won't see you again

Things go their way

it's hard to say

ooh so much time was wasted

just trying to make you see

so many people change their lives

trying to understand

there's something deep inside me

there's someone else, I've got to be

Tears in the rain

we'll never be the same

what can we do now

baby we're thru now

we'll never meet again

tears in the rain

we'll never be the same

nothing to do now

baby we're thru now

I won't see you again

I think there's something you should know

I think it's time I told you

there's something deep inside of me

there's someone else, I've got to be

Tears in the rain

we'll never be the same

what can we do now

baby we're thru now

we'll never meet again

tears in the rain

we'll never be the same

nothing to do now

baby we're thru now

I won't see you again

Tears in the rain

we'll never be the same

what can we do now

baby we're thru now

we'll never meet again

tears in the rain

Mark Knoppfler:

Sailing to Philadelphia

I am Jeremiah Dixon

I am a Geordie boy

A glass of wine with you, sir

And the ladies I'll enjoy

All Durham and Northumberland

Is measured up by my own hand

It was my fate from birth

To make my mark upon the earth....

He calls me Charlie Mason

A stargazer am I

It seems that I was born

To chart the evening sky

They'd cut me out for baking bread

But I had other dreams instead

This baker's boy from the west country

Would join the Royal Society.....

We are sailing to Philadelphia

A world away from the coaly Tyne

Sailing to Philadelphia

To draw the line

A Mason-Dixon Line

Now you're a good surveyor, Dixon

But I swear you'll make me mad

The West gonna kill us both

And you're a gullible Geordie lad

You talk of liberty

How can America be free?

A Geordie and a baker's boy

In the forests of the Iroquois....

Now hold your head up, Mason

See America lies there

The morning tide has raised

The capes of Delaware

Come up and feel the sun

A new morning has begun

Another day will make it clear

Why your star should guide us here....

We are sailing to Philadelphia

A world away from the coaly Tyne

Sailing to Philadelphia

To draw the line

A Mason-Dixon Line

Michelle Shocked:

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Must Be Luff

Well I'm admittin' I was driftin'

When I came into your harbor

But I feel my spirits liftin'

Like a wind just off the starboard bough

Well I know I swore I'd love no more

But you rolled in you called my bluff

You take the wind out of my sails

Must be luff, must be luff

I been down, I been around

I drink the whiskey, don't drink no water

This ain't my first seaport town

I'm a salty seaman's daughter

But you rock my boat, it'll hardly float

And when you talk that soft romantic stuff

You take the wind out of my sails

Must be luff, must be luff

So fly that jolly roger high

Don't lie, you are a pirate

Shanghaied my heart, stole my soul

Don't you try to deny it

How I cried when you took my pride

And when that just wasn't enough

You took the wind out of my sails

Must be luff, must be luff

Mike Oldfield:

I'll Sail My Ship Alone

We've been sweethearts for so long

But now you say, "We're thru!"

The love we shared is now a memory

I had built a ship of dreams

And planned them all for you

And now I guess what is to be will be.

CHORUS

I'll sail my ship alone

With all the dreams I own

Drifting out across the ocean blue

I'll sail my ship alone

Tho' all the sails, you've torn

And when it starts to sink, then I'll blame you.

I'm just like a ship at sea

That's lost without a sail

The dark clouds hide the sun from up above

And even with these broken dreams

My heart will never fail

For deep inside there's only one true love.

CHORUS

I gave a message to the wind

To take back home to you

Hopin' you would hear my S.O.S.

Maybe you would come back home

My darling, if you knew

How much my aching heart is in distress.

Morcheeba:

Time Tidal Trials

Time Tidal Trials

Cloud Bursts

Cloud Bursts