Tack with the Wind

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Many of our earlier tunes were inspired by the sea, or events by the sea. This song was written about 6 years ago but not a fixed part of the set until now.

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Tack with the wind

Patch up my sails with that dress that you ripped
On the old rusty ladder Down by the quayside
Fix up my keel with a plank from the bench when the sky was our friend
And the world was wide
Plug all the gaps in my leaky hull
My rigging must weather a storm
We’ll spend one more night with the gulls and the shingle
And I’ll tack with the wind in the dawn

Fill up my hold up with old beaten copper
and pygmies from china and yarns that I’ve spun
Far fetched and all true
Shanghai me a crew who will follow me blind
Where the map gives no quarter in the brass monkey weather
Where I’ll still look for you
Scrape all the barnacles off from my hull
My rigging must weather a storm
We’ll spend one more night with the gulls and the shingle
And I’ll tack with the wind in the dawn

Swear me an oath though we don’t have a bible
You’ll keep all my secrets when I run aground
Don’t stand on the shore just turn and go lightly
For as the crow flies so the clock it is wound
Scuttle my hopes for I’m dead in the water
My rigging must weather a storm
We’ll spend one more night with the gulls and the shingle
And I’ll tack with the wind in the dawn

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from Birds of Plenty, released February 17, 2020

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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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