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Thread #132942 Message #3012266
Posted By: kendall
21-Oct-10 - 12:06 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Last Whale Hunt (Kendall Morse)
Subject: Lyr Add: SIREN'S CALL (Captain Kendall Morse)
I gave maeve permission to play around with it so she did, and I like what she did. Here 'tis.
SIREN'S CALL by Captain Kendall Morse
(Maeve playing around with revisions & tune)
rhyme pattern aabcb
Each day I hear the Siren's call to go back out on the bay,
I "Swallowed the anchor" years ago for a job with better pay.
Now, in the autumn of my life, the lure of the sea is strong,
But, I'm stuck on shore with time passing by,
And I'm not where I belong.
And I tell myself, "It's an old man's dream,
Your youth is past and gone,
And that ocean rolls as it always has
She sings a Siren's song."
After years of struggle to take my pay as I fought with the angry sea
I went ashore and never looked back. That bitch would never kill me.
Through fog and rain and pitch black nights I answered the Siren's song,
But she stole my youth. Still, I face the truth:
I've stayed on the land too long.
Fighting the sea is a young man's game, too much for an old fool like me,
But by God, I'd rather die on my feet than to end my days on my knees.
It just didn't pay out there on the bay. I couldn't save a dime.
So I tied up the boat, my back to the waves.
I was old before my time.
Driven by duty I left that life for a better job on shore.
I raised the kids and left the wife and walked right out the door.
My kids are grown and on their own. My duty to them is met.
I stand on the shore of Life's autumn, and gaze
Out to sea 'til I'm cold and wet.
Think of a Viking funeral, with the dead in his own long ship,
They'd set it afire, with his dog at his feet, as the ship sailed away from the slip.
That's how I'd go if I had my way, to sail from all creation.
But they would never allow such a funeral now-
'twould be a hazard to navigation.*