The Whaleship Essex

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On the planks of the lee
Outfitted for sea
A ship in 1819

Charged with the care
Of a vessel affair
Of which I've had the fond company

Off to the war
And our place in ocean lore
Onward through ivory seas

Weeks out from land
And a whale on the bend
Took from us all but our teeth

We cast our lots
A nephew was lost
Once placed in my custody

Off to the war
And our place in ocean lore
Onward through ivory seas

We sharpened our knives
Down the lengths of our spines
We'll pray for you
And split your sides

Fingers to bone
Your skeleton combed
We'll leave here
For none to find

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

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