A Sea Chantey

from by Leslie Sakal

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Down, tumbling down my friend
you picked a long way to fall
you thought the waves would catch you then
and carry your body out to sea

Alas, a jagged rock you felt
and I saw your body mangled
underneath me

I cry
shallow, sharp tears at first
as I cry
Oh lord, won’t you help me now
cause I don’t ask for much these days

You spoke your will to fly away
and have your arms spread out as wings
you thought the wind would carry you
and you fly yourself to a different bay

Alas, the gust was all too fair
and I saw you tangled up and with the wind

I cry
shallow, sharp tears at first
as I cry
Oh lord, won’t you help me now
cause I don’t ask for much these days

The sound of trumpets will fill the air
as they carry your body ‘long the shore
a sweet and airy, soft funeral dirge
will haunt the rocky cliffs forever

And when the pyre surrounds your bones
all the smoke will seep up under your skin

I cry
shallow, sharp tears at first
as I cry
Oh lord, won’t you take her in
cause I have somehow lost my hold

Oh lord, won’t you take her in
cause she has nowhere else to go

Down, tumbling down my friend
you picked a long way to fall

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from Leslie Sakal, released August 24, 2012
Tom Adler: banjo
Daniel Siuba: accordion
Pollu Tapia-Ferber: cajon
Paul Brown: double bass
Benito Plaza: mandolin
Leslie Sakal: guitar, harmonies, vocals

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