Down with the Ship

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We cut beneath the blackened sky a line through salt-sea hell
I brace myself against the helm and roll on demon swells
I bark into the bitter wind, Hold fast! We'll make it through
Then a wiry hand of lightning cracks the mizzenmast in two
The deck beneath my bootsoles heaves me forward through the spray
And out over the bow I spy the Devil's wave
My ship begins to twist and break, three hundred souls below
The sun will shine on lifeboats but the captain's gotta go...

Down with the ship!
In my heart I know I won't survive this trip
Never home upon the land, I'm a seafaring man
And tonight I'm going down with the ship!

So tether my body to this wreck that I have made my home
And cast off every lifeboat 'cause this end is mine alone
Save the last seats for the swimmers, this storm is breaking soon
While my head's above the waterline I've still got work to do
From flooding decks below I pull three hundred pairs of hands
Stay alive despite the tempest, row north to your homeland
I am poison in the Devil's jaws! My castle I will keep!
Heaven lies below for me in the cover of the deep


from Down with the Ship, released September 15, 2015
C. Bardallis, J. Powers & The Waxies



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