Sealegs

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1.
Sealegs 03:52
Man in the crows nest, there for days Thinks it’s the sky not the sea that sways Keep this old hen as long as she lays Sail hard on the wind as long as it pays Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall But the trade winds don’t stop blowin Nothing you can learn on the cold cruel land That’s really ever worth the knowin I’ve found my sealegs Now I can stand again I’ve found my sealegs Won’t see land again I’ve found my sealegs Till I see sand again Blisters scurvy overboard Where no man says his prayers Ain’t no secret when the wound it bleeds We all be wise to a drowned man’s needs Down in the deep with the cold green weeds Follow me aft to where the dog star leads Every man aboard knows Queequeg’s curse Ain’t no deal says you get reimbursed Worms or the fishes tell me which one’s worse Salt water never slake a dead man’s thirst Lost for years on the Persian run Grew an empire in a Bombay slum Don’t need a map with the barrel of a gun Sea don’t care what any man’s done Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall But the trade winds don’t stop blowing Nothing you can learn on the cold cruel land That’s really ever worth the knowing
2.
haywire and me we’re as close as we can be got that flypaper mind sticks to everything it finds hear the tolling of the bell boy’s head poisoning the well aint that a sight to see curbing my tongue though it was dusted and done biting my lip though I cannot see the sense in it earshot and you about as far as gets you through watch as easystreet burns because profit never learns gated community retires someone disconnect the wires aint that a sight to see And all the bycatch is thrown nothing ours it’s all on loan All just pellets and oil now you scorched up all the soil I took a child upon my knee spoke of things he’ll never see I didn’t dare to meet his eye a pillaged land from sea to sky aint that a sight to see
3.
Sat in the sun Gobi road Did rhetoric with Cicero Neath an olive branch on Aegean seas Got stoical with Diogenes And all the things she taught me to fit in a life where no-one cries In the distillery of wisdom I refined a brew to clear the skies On the prow Eric the red Nailed sagas deep inside my head Vestal virgins wailed away what they told I could not say took my time on the Bakerloo so I finished catch 22 like yossarian I sailed away don’t want to fight another day you can go ahead any fly without me You can go ahead I’m happy here You can go ahead and test the waters Just don’t forget the way back home At the pequod helm saw the great white whale Crown of thorns and a bleeding nail I left him dive and I took the wheel But in the headlights sometimes I get that feel
4.
Mrs Chippy 03:38
5.
Broken Mule 05:16
Bummers gone siezing all around Midgedville Tack it was dry as the Wisconsin sand I fell miles behind with the freed folks and turncoats if I live for tomorrow I’ll live off the land She’d not cross the pontoons we’d stray from the road idle a while in the sun and I’ll take my chances if jonny reb find me but I’ll not sell this broken mule Hood pulled his troops out and we took Atlanta Carriages loaded with silver and ham We tore out the pews at Oconee river I could not pull my bayonet from the chest of a man I’d use the whip but she’d not budge an inch idle a while in the sun and I’ll take my chances if jonny reb find me but I’ll keep this broken mule boys I’ll not trade this broken mule Kilpatrick rode north drew fire from 12 pounders 100s went down in a day Cape fear on one flank black creek on the other Outnumbered they all stole way No feed for the packhorses can’t eat the dead Who’ve idled a while in the sun and I’ll take my chances if jonny reb find me but I’ll not leave this broken mule boys I’ll not trade this broken mule
6.
Attuned myself to the comfort of a stranger Turned my face to light from distant star Planted love But your love outgrew me and now I know who all those strangers are Aligned myself to the fortunes of the lowly and now I keep the company of Cain Took my stand but my stand outstood me still a man keeps standing, just the same Had a lot of of love and a lot of love she took like the river take a child like the flames will take a book had a lot of love and a lot of love I gave a black star taking light and a battlefield the brave Resigned myself to callow creature comforts Staring at the axe I’ll never grind Took my time til my time outran me Now I search for something I can’t find Now I keep the company of cain

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1. Company of Cain
2. Mrs Chippy
3. Curbing my Tongue
4. Broken Mule
5. All the Things she Taught me
6. Sealegs

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released July 1, 2012

Copyright Lawrence Davies
Image KA 92 on Deviant Art (with permision)

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Yellowbelly Nuremberg, Germany

Yellowbelly are Lawrence, Stefan, Markus, Boris and Kathi. They play guitars, violins, drums, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a lap steel, an oud and other instruments, but not all at the same time. Yellowbelly play in pubs, churches, barns, internists's surgeries, fields, living rooms, stages and castles. Yellowbelly play songs about forgotten space probes, trains, cicadas and ratcatchers. ... more

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