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I was a boy about your age
If you can believe it
When I lifted on a cool trade wind
And have never yet to leave it

I had the love of a woman then
If you can believe her
Bless swift ships and honest men
And the lass that loves a sailor

I've shook hands with kings and thieves
And lined my shirt with silver
But not once in these 30 years
Have I returned to see her

When these planks and bolts make port
Leave these ocean waters
A fool is he the man that leaves
The lass that loves a sailor

My lad
Let the land and not the water
Seal your grave


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


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