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Thread #17931   Message #174955
Posted By: kendall
08-Feb-00 - 09:17 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Req: Day of the Clipper (Steve Romanoff)
Subject: Lyr Add: DAY OF THE CLIPPER (Steve Romanoff)
This was written by my good friend Steve Romanoff of the trio SCHOONER FARE.

You can see the squares of canvas dancing over the horizon.
You can hear the shanty wailing to the heaving of the men.
Feel the seas up to your knees and you know the sea is rising,
And you know the clipper’s day has come again.
To the men on high the bos’n’s cry commands a killing strain
‘Til every mother’s son begins to break.
With a hearty shout, she comes about and heads into the rain,
And the ship has never seen a better day.

CHO.: Sailing ships and sailing men will sail the open waters
Where the only thing that matters is the wind inside the main.
So, all you loving mothers, keep your eye upon your daughters,
For the sails will mend their tatters and the masts will rise again.

Human dreams and wooden beams are all that makes her go,
And the magic of the wind upon her sails.
We’d rather fight the weather than the fishes down below.
God help us if the rigging ever fails.
As the timber creaks, the Captain speaks above the vessel’s groans
‘Til every soul on board can hear the call.
It’s nothing but the singing of the ship inside her bones,
And this is when she likes it best of all. CHO.

Where the current goes, the clipper’s nose is plowing fields of green.
Where fortune takes the crews, we wish them well.
Where men can be either lost at sea or somewhere in between,
The regions of a heaven and a hell.
They sail from eastern harbors to the California shore
If you set your mind to see them, then, you can
As you count each mast go sailing past, you’re prouder than before
And you know the clipper’s day has come again. CHO.

Some line break problems fixed. --JoeClone, 25-Apr-02.