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Thread #161913   Message #3851135
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Apr-17 - 02:05 AM
Thread Name: DTStudy: The Sailor's Prayer (Rod MacDonald)
Subject: ADD: The Sailor's Prayer (Rod MacDonald)
Well, gee, I found it on YouTube. I guess this would be the definitive transcription. My transcription is from the Fast Folk recording.

(Rod MacDonald)

Though my sails be torn and tattered and the mast be turned about
Let the night wind chill me to my very soul
Though the spray might sting my eyes and the stars no light provide
Give me just another morning light to hold

And I will not lie me down, this rain a-ragin'
I will not lie me down in such a storm
And if this night be unblessed, I shall not take my rest
Till I reach another shore

And though the only water left is but salt to wound my thirst
I will drink the rain that falls so steady down
And though night's blindness be my gift, and there be thieves upon my drift
I will praise this fog that shelters me along.

Though my mates be drained and weary and believe their hopes are lost
There's no need for their bones on that blackened bottom
And though Death waits just off the bow, they shall not answer to him now
He shall stand to face the morning light without us.

by Rod MacDonald ©1982 by Blue Flute Music
from The CooP: The Fast Folk Musical Magazine November 1982 (notes are slightly different from the recording)

Lyrics that are different from the Digital Tradition are bold.
And here's a recording of the song on an album titled rod macdonald:

Looks like the transcription in Rise Up Singing is almost exactly what the songwriter sings. The DT and Bok-Muir-Trickett version is a bit "folk-processed."