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Sea Songs Continued ~ S-Z

Sea Songs Continued ~ S-Z

Over the Top

Down to the Bottom

A final collection of popular sea songs like what one might expect and discover under the sea: a wide variety of life-telling tales and fishy-displaying tails. Some bold and brash, some bawdy, some crass, some funny, some sad, some angry, some sentimental, some nostalgic, some over-the-top satirical, some ironic and some just plain goofy.

As we all know, sound travels well in, on and under water. while the wild sights wander and wonder. So submerge yourself in the eclectic experience of more maritime music reaching some depths and slipping into some shallows. No matter, each has its own unique sound and sense...or nonsense.

Sex Pistols: 

Northwest Passage

Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage

To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea;

Tracing one warm line through a land so wide and savage

And make a Northwest Passage to the sea.

Westward from the Davis Strait 'tis there 'twas said to lie

The sea route to the Orient for which so many died;

Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones

And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones.

Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland

In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his "sea of flowers" began

Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again

This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain.

And through the night, behind the wheel, the mileage clicking west

I think upon Mackenzie, David Thompson and the rest

Who cracked the mountain ramparts and it did show a path for me

To race the roaring Fraser to the sea.

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?

Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.

To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men

To find there but the road back home again.

White Squall

Now it's just my luck to have the watch, with nothing left to do

But watch the deadly waters glide as we roll north to the 'Soo',

And wonder when they'll turn again and pitch us to the rail

And whirl off one more youngster in the gale.

The kid was so damned eager. It was all so big and new.

You never had to tell him twice, or find him work to do.

And evenings on the mess deck he was always first to sing,

And show us pictures of the girl he'd wed in spring.

Chorus

But I told that kid a hundred times "Don't take the Lakes for granted.

They go from calm to a hundred knots so fast they seem enchanted. "

But tonight some red-eyed Wiarton girl lies staring at the wall,

And her lover's gone into a white squall.

Chorus

Now it's a thing that us oldtimers know. In a sultry summer calm

There comes a blow from nowhere, and it goes off like a bomb.

And a fifteen thousand tonner can be thrown upon her beam

While the gale takes all before it with a scream.

The kid was on the hatches, lying staring at the sky.

>From where I stood I swear I could see tears fall from his eyes.

So I hadn't the heart to tell him that he should be on a line,

Even on a night so warm and fine.

Chorus

When it struck, he sat up with a start; I roared to him, "Get down!"

But for all that he could hear, I could as well not made a sound.

So, I clung there to the stanchions, and I felt my face go pale,

As he crawled hand over hand along the rail.

I could feel her keeling over with the fury of the blow.

I watched the rail go under then, so terrible and slow.

Then, like some great dog she shook herself and roared upright again.

Far overside. I heard him call my name.

Chorus

So it's just my luck to have the watch, with nothing left to do

But watch the deadly waters glide as we roll north to the 'Soo',

And wonder when they'll turn again and pitch us to the rail

And whirl off one more youngster in the gale.

But I tell these kids a hundred times "Don't take the Lakes for granted.

They go from calm to a hundred knots so fast they seem enchanted. "

But tonight some red-eyed Wiarton girl lies staring at the wall,

And her lover's gone into a white squall

The Wreck of the Jeanie C

Come all ye lads, draw near to me,

That I be not forsaken;

This day was lost the 

Jeannie C.,

And my living has been taken.

I'll go to sea no more.

We set out this day in a bright sunrise,

The same as any other;

My son and I and old John Price,

In a boat named for my mother.

I'll go to sea no more.

It's well you know what the fishing has been,

It's been scarce and hard and cruel;

But this day, by God, we sure caught cod,

And we sang and we laughed like fools.

I'll go to sea no more.

Now, I'll never know what it was we struck,

But strike we did like thunder;

John Price gave a cry and he pitched o'erside,

Now it's forever he's gone under.

I'll go to sea no more.

Now a leak we've sprung, let there be no delay,

If the 

Jeannie C.

 we're saving;

John Price is drowned and slipped away,

So I'll patch the hole while you're bailing.

I'll go to sea no more.

But no leak I found from bow to hold,

No rock it was that got her;

But what I found made my heart stop cold,

For every seam poured water.

I'll go to sea no more.

My God! I cried as she went down,

That boat was like no other;

My father built her when I was nine,

And he named her for my mother.

I'll go to sea no more.

And sure, I could have another made,

In the boat shop down in Dover;

But I would not love the keel they laid,

Like the one that waves roll over.

I'll go to sea no more.

So come all ye lads, draw near to me,

That I be not forsaken;

This day was lost the 

Jeannie C.

And my whole life has been taken.

I'll go to sea no more.

Sting:

Valaparaiso

Chase the dog star

Over the sea

Home where my true love is waiting for me

Rope the south wind

Canvas the stars

Harness the moonlight

So she can safely go

Round the Cape Horn to Valparaiso

Red the port light

Starboard the green

How will she know of the devils I've seen

Cross in the sky, star of the sea

Under the moonlight, there she can safely go

Round the Cape Horn to Valparaiso

Valparaiso

And every road I walked would take me down to the sea

With every broken promise in my sack

And every love would always send the ship of my heart

Over the rolling sea

If I should die

And water's my grave

She'll never know if I'm damned or I'm saved

See the ghost fly over the sea

Under the moonlight, there she can safely go

Round the Cape Horn to Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

The Wild Wild Sea

I saw it again this evening,

Black sail in a pale yellow sky

And just as before in a moment,

It was gone where the grey gulls fly

If it should happen again I shall worry

That only a strange ship could fly

And my sanity scans the horizon

In the light of a darkening sky

That night as I walked in my slumber

I walked into the sea strand

And I swam with the moon and her lover

Until I lost sight of the land

I swam till the night became morning

Black sea in the reddening sky

Found myself on the deck on a rolling ship

So far where no grey gulls fly

All around me was silence

As if mocking my frail human hopes

And a question mark hung in the canvas

For the wind that had died in the ropes

I may have slept for an hour

I may have slept for a day

For a woke in a bed of white linen

And the sky was the colour of clay

At first just a rustle of canvas

And the gentlest breath on my face

But a galloping line of white horses

Said that soon we were in for a race

The gentle sigh turned to a howling

And the grey sky she angered to black

And my anxious eyes searched the horizon

With the gathering sea at my back

Did I see the shade of a sailor

On the bridge through the wheelhouse pane

Held fast to the wheel of the rocking ship

As I squinted my eyes in the rain

For the ship had turned into the wind

Against the storm to brace

And underneath the sailor's hat

I saw my father's face

If a prayer today is spoken

Please offer it for me

When the bridge to heaven is broken

And you've lost on the wild wild sea

Lost on the wild wild sea...

Styx

Pirating the Seas

(Craig Lutke & Patrick McAlister)

Me dad said I was evil when my youth had come to pass

I had the disposition of a shark with painful gas

Me mother told me piracy is what you'll need to pass

So I told me mother thanks and I kicked me father's... well...

(Chorus)

It's a short, hard life when you do what we do

Grabbing silver and gold and a little booty, too

And how do you survive when you sail the ocean blue.

Me mother said please, be sure and eat your peas

To avoid the scurvies when you're pirating the seas.

A pirate lives for killin', for blood and guts and gore

Though when the day is over, you still need somethin' more

But women were scarce when you signed to come aboard

So you grab the cabin boy and you treat him like a... well...

(Chorus)

A cabin boy on his knees does what we please

And he loves to appease when he's pirating the seas

It's tough when your captain is damned insane

He once steered our ship into a huge hurricane

He ran up aloft to survey his domain

We felt warm, yellow rain when he drained his main... well...

(Chorus)

The captain said, "freeze", pulled his pants to his knees

Cause he likes to feel the breeze when he's pirating the seas.

We ran across a merchantman and blew their mast apart

They wouldn't give up, our gunner took it to heart.

He gave a foul breeze not on the weather chart.

They surrendered like France when he cut a smelly... well...

(Chorus)

We ignored their pleas, and stole their currencies

And it stank like cheese, when you're pirating the seas.

We sailed 'round Cape Horn where it's windy and cold

To stay warm we gathered into a huddled mold

Someone must have left his pants down in the hold

'Cause I wasn't asked a question, but I certainly was polled.... Uh... well...

(Chorus)

The cold makes you sneeze, sometimes you just freeze

Frost bites your pee-pees, when you're pirating the seas.

(Chorus)

We're the worst enemies, we do what we please

And everybody flees, when we're pirating the seas.

The King Singers: (female voice unknown):

The Muppets (from Muppet Treasure Island):

Into The Mystic

We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home

And when the fog horn blows I want to hear it

I don't have to fear it

And I want to rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And magnificently we will fold into the mystic

When that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home

And when that fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it

I don't have to fear it

And I want to rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And together we will fold into the mystic

Come on girl...

Too late to stop now...

You and Me:

Capsized

We've got a long way to go

Winds are howlin'

I can feel it in my bones

Are we drownin'?

We were two ships in the night

Passing by in the pale moonlight and capsized

We were two ships in the night

Hellbent on trying to survive and capsized

The moon will shed her light

Don't fight the tides, they rise

Give in and float awhile, my darlin'

I can save you, the current is too strong

I've known this all along

A wicked gale I am, my darlin'

And you can't save me

We were two ships in the night

Passing by in the pale moonlight and capsized

We were two ships in the night

Hellbent on trying to survive and capsized

Capsized 

[2x]

We were two ships in the night

We were two ships in the night

Hellbent on trying to survive and capsized

We were two ships in the night

Passing by in the pale moonlight and capsized

We were two ships in the night

Hellbent on trying to survive and capsized

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