"Cruel Mistress" as written by and David R King Bridget A Regan....
Next time out to sea bring enough soil to bury me
For I don't want my final jig in the belly of a squid
Next time out to sea bring enough soil to bury me
For I don't want my final jig in the belly of a squid

Take my trousers take my shirt just give me that sweet dirt
For the water's cold and grim and I never did learn to swim
No her love never set me free so I set off for the ocean
Now in my dreams she comes to me whispering of peace
But I've known since the day that we sailed for santiago
Her dry embrace would kiss my face no never, no more

The sea is a cruel mistress
Yeah the sea is a cruel mistress

Many moons to the day that I threw her love away
Now every whale spouts, go to hell
As the wind laughs in my face
I've grown harder on the eyes and salty on the taste
My pride has gone with the wake as I wait a cold wet grave
I rose to the smell of a wet desert hell
And I thought to myself how'd I wind up in this jail
Till a voice called to me from deep within the sea
Dry your eyes my dear fisherman your ass belongs to me

The sea is a cruel mistress
Yeah the sea is a cruel mistress

The earth will rest my bones lord I know, lord I know
But I'll see you when I get home from the cold, yeah from the cold

No her love never set me free so I set off for the ocean
Now in my dreams she comes to me whispering of peace
But I've known since the day that we sailed for santiago
Her dry embrace would kiss my face no never, no more

The sea is a cruel mistress
The sea is a cruel mistress

Next time out to sea bring enough soil to bury me
For I don't want my final jig in the belly of a squid

Next time out to sea bring enough soil to bury me
For in my dreams she comes to me whispering of peace

Next time out to sea bring enough soil to bury me
For I don't want my final jig in the belly of a squid


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"Cruel Mistress" as written by David R King Bridget A Regan

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    General CommentI'm quite sure that the line is "out to sea," and not "out to see," considering it's one of their signature Irish Sea Songs. it took me a while to get used to someone else on vocals, but this song grows on me more and more. there's something strangely appealing about the words "belly of a squid."
    snozzberryon August 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentisn't this song sung by the bass player? when I saw them live (which was too cool for word might I add) I'm pretty sure it was him singing, but later the lead singer took over instead of havin' nathan--the bass player-- finishing it. wild...
    java_elfon April 02, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah, this song is sang by Nathan. This is one of my favorite songs by them, there's just something about the tune. Plus the fact i can play it, i dunno, it's great
    IrishPunkRockon June 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyet another song that makes me wanna jig. also reminds me of a tarantela everytime i hear it
    wackydeli3on February 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite flogging molly song. mmm, well this or whats left of the flag.
    laurenlooton December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFantastic song. To me, it's all about regretting ever going to sea.
    Wyo_Danielon April 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.. To me it's about a relationship gone wrong, leading to the point where "I" take off to sea, just to leave it all behind. Unfortunately, the sea offers no comfort or warmth.. That's what I think anyhow, but who knows, right?!
    m6frion May 01, 2009   Link

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