Lantern and Whalebone

from Whom the Sea Will Keep by The National Lights

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Tell us a tale of that fond maiden summer
The wind and your lyre keeping time with the water
Whales can recall songs of the captain's daughter
Lost long ago

If love were a word worth its weight in oil
The light would come up all around the mainsail
Drive us on through a night free from peril
To leave us alone

On seaboards and sails I've fettered a life
Lost friends to the whale and brothers to wives
And the love from years ago of a captain's daughter we gave to the night


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


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