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Thread #1933   Message #7393
Posted By: rich r
24-Jun-97 - 09:41 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Song of the World's Last Whale (P Seeger)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAST OF THE GREAT WHALES (Andy Barnes
c 1986 by Andy Barnes

CHORUS: My soul has been torn from me and I am bleeding
My heart it has been rent and I am crying
For the beauty around me pales and I am screaming
I am the last of the great whales and I am dying

Last night I heard the cry of my last companion
The roar of a harpoon gun, and I swam alone
I reflected on days gone by, when we were thousands
But I know that I soon will die, the last leviathan. CHORUS

This morning the sun did rise crimson in the North Sky
The ice was the color of blood, and the wind did sigh
I rose to take a breath, it was my last one
From the gun came the roar of death, and now I am gone. CHORUS

And so since time began, we have been hunted
Through oceans that were our home, we have been haunted
From Eskimos in canoes to mighty whalers
Still, you ignored our pleas, none came to save us. CHORUS

Now that we all are gone, there's no more hunting
The big fellow is no more, and it's no use lamenting
What race is next in line, all for the slaughter?
The elephant or the seal, or your sons and daughters? CHORUS.

A beautiful a capella version of this was recorded by Kallet, Epstein & Ciccone.

rich r