Hanno The Navigator

Album: Sparks of Ancient Light (2008)
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  • It's a good day
    For going to sea
    Hanno the Navigator said to me.
    There's an open sky and a steady breeze
    Out beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
    Above the foam-kissed waves seagulls scream
    Up in the masts of our trireme
    And it's a good day
    For going to sea
    Hanno the Navigator said to me.

    Water
    Water
    From horizon to horizon
    All I see is water

    Steer beyond all maps and charts
    Down along the coast of Africa.
    The first Phoenicians on this beach,
    Where the monkeys gibber and the parakeets screech.
    Strangest women run wild down there,
    Covered head to toe in fur and hair.
    They fight like demons,
    Better let them be,
    Hanno the Navigator said to me.

    Water
    Water
    From horizon to horizon
    All I see is water

    When you pull close to your fire at night
    With your family framed in the candlelight,
    Safe inside these walls of stone
    In the only village you've ever known.
    The rain-soaked moon plays splintered crystal
    Shadows on your windowsill.
    Like sparks of light in the shifting skies,
    Our ancient ships go sailing still on

    Water
    Water
    When my sailing days are done
    I'll seek Poseidon's daughter.

    Oarsmen pull and curse and sweat
    Underneath this creaking deck.
    At night I hear their stories told,
    Strong through storms and weak for gold.
    Carthage stands like an azure pearl
    Here in the middle of the known world.
    And it's a good day
    For going to sea,
    Hanno the Navigator said to me.

    Water
    Water
    From horizon to horizon
    All I see is water.
    Water
    Water
    When my sailing days are done
    I'll seek Poseidon's daughter.

    It's a good day
    For going to sea,
    Hanno the Navigator said to me.
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