Murmansk Run/Ellis Island

Album: 24 Carrots (1980)
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  • Your father sailed on the Murmansk run
    To guide the flocks of the ships home one by one
    Grey beneath the Arctic sun
    Or the glow of Northern Lights

    I see you have his photograph
    His eyes are watching for dangers fore or aft
    Trading days beneath the sun
    For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

    He never did come home to you
    It's long forgotten, a childhood dream or two
    But something of the cold got through
    And it lingers in your eyes

    On days like these you hear the wind
    And feel the chill of the ice floes closing in
    Trading days beneath the sun
    For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

    Save our souls, river of darkness over me
    Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea

    Now you hide yourself from view
    You seem to find it an easy thing to do
    Trading days beneath the sun
    For the cold and wintry nights of the Murmansk run

    Save our souls, river of darkness over me
    Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea

    Well you wake up in the morning on Hester street
    And run to the factory, You can't afford to be late
    Working every morning, every evening, every day
    For your money, Yet there's nothing to save

    Watching your life pass by the window
    Feeling it all run through your hands
    Counting the thousands behind in the lines
    Waiting time for their chance

    From Ellis Island, day after day
    From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

    Meanwhile from the market come the cries
    Of every tongue and every nation
    Refugeless refugees
    Faces from the endless plains of Russia
    Blonde Norwegian, dark Croatian
    Songs in sad minor keys
    Feeling the heat inside the fumace
    Trying to make that break away
    Reaching their hands for a grip
    On the edge just to slip back again

    From Ellis Island, day after day
    From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

    Ah well I've heard it said
    If you just use your head
    You can make your fortune here
    One lucky break and that's all it would take

    But it never seems to be near
    Another day, another ship pulls into harbor
    And the crowd spills down the gangway
    Clutching their suitcases tight

    Blinking in the sunlight at the door of the new world
    They hold the handrail
    With all the post thrown behind
    Caught in between now and forever
    Wondering just what lies ahead
    Each one is waiting and hoping
    The door will be open to them

    On Ellis Island, day after day
    On Ellis Island, time slips away

    From Ellis Island, day after day
    From Ellis Island, dreams slip away

    Save our souls, river of darkness over me
    Save our souls, lost on the dark uncharted sea Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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