Joshua Slocum Sets Sail

from Whom the Sea Will Keep by The National Lights

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I made a life of the ocean
Mending the boot soles of fishermen
Counting my ribs on my good hand
Sewing the salt in my skin

Traded my last for the odd bark
And took a wife without captain's leave
Who gave me three sons and a daughter at sea
I buried in Argentine

With Buenos Aires behind me
I refit a sloop and I fell on the wind
Without a companion beside me
I sailed with a pulse in my limbs

No man that takes to the sea life
Is fit to live a life on the shore
And I set sail once more from New Jersey Port
To sail this vessel down


from Whom the Sea Will Keep, released February 22, 2019


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