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High Seas Lament

from Skull & Magpies by the Mad Maggies



slow and sad

the ocean's edge stretches wide ahead




If I could live my life at sea
I’d spend my days in mutiny
Rising up when ‘ere I pleased

No land or lord could hinder me
as I make way across the seas
free from tyranny and toil

I’d cast away both church and crown
I’d let their lies and finery drown
the thieves have cost this world its peace

The ways of men are wearisome
Too many heed the pipe and drum
and war on for the rich and royal

Away, away, away she goes
away, away far from these woes
the crowded quay slips from view
the sooty sky slowly clears to blue

I search for treasures buried deep
beneath the waves of restless sleep
I plunder every hope I find

And when my spirit fills with ease
I’ll know I’ve won my liberty
If I could live my life at sea

Away, away, away she goes
away, away far from these woes
A salty mist fills the wind
the ocean’s edge stretches wide ahead


from Skull & Magpies, released January 1, 2009

Johny Blood: tuba
Adrian Gormley: alto sax
Lawrence Jarach: trombone
Maggie Martin: accordion, vocals
Bill Schwartz: drums
Rhian Robinson: clarinet, whistle
Lewis Wallace: bass guitar
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitars

Written by M. Martin

Recorded and mixed at Wally Sound, Oakland, California
Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track

Mastered by J. J Golden, Ventura, California


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