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Shiver Me Timbers

Tom Waits

I'm leaving my family, leaving my friends
My body's at home, but my heart's in the wind
Where the clouds are like headlines, on a new front page sky
My tears are salt water and the moon's full and high

I know Captain Eden’s gonna be proud of me
And many before me who've been called by the sea
To be up in the crow's nest singing my say
Shiver me Timbers I'm sailing away

Now the fog's lifting and the sand's shifting, I'm drifting on out
Old Captain Ahab ain’t got nothing on me now
Don’t swallow me, don't follow me, I'm traveling alone
Blue water's my daughter, gonna skip like a stone

So please call my missus, tell her I cried
'Cause goodbye is written by the moon in the sky
Hey and nobody knows me I can't fathom my stay
Shiver me timbers I'm-sailing away

I'm leaving my family, leaving my friends
My body's at home, but my heart's in the wind
To be up in the crow's nest singing my say
Shiver me Timbers I'm sailing away

Tom Waits' beautiful ballad about a guy leaving home for the calling of the sea.

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