The Captain

Text & Melodie: PurPur (2009)

"The Captain" ist der Versuch, einen Shanty zu schreiben – eines der traditionellen Seemanslieder, in denen sich eine Vorsänger-Zeile mit Antworten des Chores abwechseln und der stetige Rhythmus die Mannschaft zur Arbeit antreibt. Schließe die Augen, Reisender, und lausche – aber gib Acht! Denn wenn der Gesang der Matrosen verklingt, hörst du vielleicht andere Stimmen, die dich aus den Tiefen der See zu sich rufen...

Bild: Wolfgang Pfensig / pixelio.de

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Heyho, where do the currants flow
Heyho, where do they flow
Heyho, where do the winds blow
Only waves and stars will know

Captain, do you hear the seagulls cry
from the distant shore (2x)
Captain do you hear the seagulls cry
sending us a last and sad goodbye –
"You will return no more, you will return no more!"

Captain, do you feel the ocean role
Salty tears of brine (2x)
Captain, do you feel the ocean role
Claiming both our body and our soul –
"Forever you’ll be mine, forever you’ll be mine!"

Heyho...

Captain do you see the mermaids play
In the clear blue sea (2x)
Captain do you see the mermaids play
Calling us with luring smiles that say
"Come and follow me, come and follow me!"

Captain, though there're perils all around
That be have to bear (2x)
Captain though there're perils all around
To this ship our destiny is bound –
"We will show no fear, no we will show no fear!"

Heyho, ...

Captain, if you steer this ship back home
to our kin and friends (2x)
Captain, if you steer this ship back home
part of us will never cease to roam
"Our journey never ends, our journey never ends!"

2x Heyho...