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Thread #132942   Message #3011124
Posted By: kendall
19-Oct-10 - 07:59 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Last Whale Hunt (Kendall Morse)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAST WHALE HUNT (Capt. Kendall Morse)
THE LAST WHALE HUNT
(Captain Kendall Morse)

When I was a young man I dreamed of life at sea,
For adventure and for riches and the dream did capture me,
But the whaling life is bitter, and the owners get the gold,
And we settle for a pittance when the oil is sold.

Ever since I was a young man I've hunted for the whale,
Around the world's great oceans I've gone with oar and sail,
But I'm tired of the killing, I'm tired of the sea,
And the voices of my loved ones are calling me.

The ship is always stinking the bunks are often wet,
I mind the years I've wasted and it fills me with regret,
But when this voyage is over, and I am safe ashore,
I'll turn my back on this life, and sail no more.

Last week from the mast head the cry of "There he spouts"
We chased him with the long boat until he wore us out,
But the sperm whale is a killer, and he turned on us at last,
And his tail fluke smashed the long boat as he went past.

The first Mate and the Harpooner met their fate that day,
I've lost my lust for whaling, I can no longer stay,
But, the ship is full of oil now, there's no more need to roam,
There's a fair wind on our quarter, we're rolling home.
A fair wind on our quarter, we're rolling home.

by Captain Kendall Morse