The Dark And The Rolling Sea

Album: Modern Times (1975)
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  • Oh you slipped away from the harbour side
    In the morning bright and clear
    And your sails were filled with the rising wind
    And you laughed for all to hear
    But you never glanced at the ragged dance
    Of your lovers on the quay
    Don't call on them when the winds rise high
    On the dark and the rolling sea

    Oh you set your course for the furthest shores
    And you never once looked back
    And the flag you flew was a pirate cross
    On a field of velvet black
    And those landsmen who you but lately knew
    Were left stranded on the lea
    Don't call on them when the storm clouds rise
    On the dark and the rolling sea

    Oh I have no need of a chart or creed
    You told your waiting crew
    For the winds of chance, they will bear us straight
    And you spoke as though you knew
    So you paid no mind to the warning signs
    As you gave your words so free
    Don't change your tack when the timbers crack
    On the dark and the rolling sea

    Now the thunder rails in the great mainsails
    And the stars desert the skies
    And the rigging strains as the hands of rain
    Reach down to wash your eyes
    And your oarsmen stands with his knife in hand
    And his eyes spell mutiny
    Don't call my name when your ship goes down
    On the dark and the rolling sea Writer/s: ALISTAIR IAN STEWART
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 2

  • Libby From Louisville, Ky from KentuckyAl introduces this as " a love song". The end of love, more like. Or, ' Don't come crying yo me when it all goes belly up!". Very pretty, though,& I do seriously like this song.
  • Janeeyre1956 from Louisville, KyApparently, the majority of Al's songs are relationship songs as metaphors, with the video following the metaphor. Even ' Flying Sorcery', which pictures the real Lady Lindbergh Amy Johnson.
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