A Salty Dog

Album: A Salty Dog (1969)
Charted: 44
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  • "All hands on deck, we"ve run afloat" I heard the captain cry
    "Explore the ship, replace the cook, let no one leave alive!"
    Across the straits, around the Horn, how far can sailors fly?
    A twisted path, our tortured course, and no one left alive

    We sailed for parts unknown to man, where ships come home to die
    No lofty peak, nor fortress bold, could match our captain's eye
    Upon the seventh seasick day we made our port of call
    A sand so white, and sea so blue, no mortal place at all

    We fired the gun, and burnt the mast, and rowed from ship to shore
    The captain cried, we sailors wept, our tears were tears of joy
    Now many moons and many Junes have passed since we made land
    A salty dog, this seaman's log, your witness my own hand Writer/s: GARY BROOKER, KEITH REID
    Publisher: Onward Music Limited
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • Peter from AustraliaI read an early review of this as an allegory for a relationship breakup
  • Lou From New London from CtGary Brooker Passed At Age 76 On Feb. 21, 2022
    R.I.P.
  • David Gargiulo from Teaneck NjI love this song. Most especially the live version from Stockholm.
  • Arno from Posterholt, NetherlandsBy some odd kind of interpretation, the song always gives me the images of the story of the Flying Dutchman, combined with that of the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
  • Kevin from Kansas CityClearly inspired by the story of the Bounty mutiny.
  • Adam from West Palm Beach, FlA true masterpiece.
  • Reg from Kemptville, OnI first heard this on the flip side of "Conquistidor".
    As time passed "A Salty Dog" really grew on me.
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