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Thread #114674   Message #2450885
Posted By: magb
26-Sep-08 - 11:21 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Ship of Fools (John Renbourn)
Subject: Lyr Add: SHIP OF FOOLS (John Renbourn)
Guess what? I can't find a recording of this song! Steve T. has probably borrowed it - that's what usually happens to my last remaining copy of our joint recordings!! And he's away for a few days.
In the meantime, Renske, if you fancy posting the bits you can decipher then I should be able to fill in the rest.
Otherwise it's going to take a bit more time than I thought.
Below are the first two verses, including (tiny) corrections to above.
By the way, the song was written by Steve & John. (Though credited to all 4 of us, I wrote very little of it, ditto tony)

The sun shone on the morning
When first I saw the ocean-o,
It sparkled like a looking-glass.
At bay its mighty motion-o
The tall ships lined along the quay
A breeze danced through the rigging-o.
But one ship chanced to catch my eye,
And I heard the sweetest singing-o.

A stranger craft I'd ne'er beheld
In picture book or fancy-o
Rainbow colours that befell
From stem to stern entranced me-o
The sweetest voices drew me on
I lacked the will to tarry-o
Charmed aboard the ship of fools
Away the wind did carry-o