Shiver Me Timbers

from Himself by Patrick Rose

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Tom Waits wrote this for his album “The Heart Of Saturday Night”, but I first heard it when the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain played it live. Just a nice song that I learnt while I did the Song-A-Day Challenge

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I'm leavin' my fam'ly
Leavin' all 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
 
And I know Martin 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
Singin' my say
Shiver me timbers'
Cause I'm a-sailin' away


And the fog's liftin'
And the sand's shiftin'
I'm driftin' on out
Ol' Captain Ahab
He ain't got nothin' on me, now
So swallow me, don't follow me
I'm trav'lin' alone
Blue water's my daughter
'n I'm gonna skip like a stone
 
So please call my missus
Gotta tell her not to cry'
Cause my goodbye is written
By the moon in the sky
Hey and nobody knows me
I can't fathom my stayin'
Shiver me timbers'
Cause I'm a-sailin' away

And the fog's liftin'
And the sand's shiftin'
I'm driftin' on out
Ol' Captain Ahab
He ain't got nothin' on me
So come and swallow me, follow me
I'm trav'lin' alone
Blue water's my daughter
'n I'm gonna skip like a stone
 
And I'm leavin' my family
Leavin' all my friends
My body's at home
But my heart's in the wind
Where the clouds are like headlines
Upon a new front-page sky
And shiver me timbers'
Cause I'm a-sailin' away

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from Himself, released November 8, 2011
Patrick Rose: Guitar/Voice
Music/Lyrics: Tom Waits

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Patrick Rose Sheffield, UK

Patrick Rose does folk style acoustic music in between learning about Computer Science and Maths, and occasionally running How To Play

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