He sailed the seas to Normandy
He had the maps laid out
He had a boat and had a sail
"Jack's Girl" on his arm

But no one sees the stars so bright
No one swims alone at night
I'm missin' him like a heart attack
And Neptune won't bring him back

He watches over me the onliest
He watches over me
He watches over me the onliest
He watches over me

Deepness of the waving tide
All the sea is saying goodbye
And the moon dips aloof at four
The sea doesn't keep score

He watches over me the onliest
He watches over me
He watches over me the onliest
He watches over me

Sweetness of the salty wind
Depth of love when it just begins
A pint for me and one for you
Say a toast with all who knew

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    General Commentit seems he died at sea
    neonemoon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow, amazing amazing amazing... sweetness of the salty wind indeed. the song of the spirit of the sailor made watchman of the waves.
    tdamcbigityon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song.. talks about losing someone, yet knowing they are always watching over you. her voice is so emotional!
    Poeticaon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI am shocked there are only three comments on this track. So beautiful. So succinct. I have nothing to add, but would have loved to have said a toast with all who knew.
    iamvap1don February 20, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningWoah, only four comments? This song is beautiful and touching, more people should listen.

    The main character of the song is in love with a man who sailed out to sea. He died while out at sea. While she misses him dearly, she believes that he is watching over her.
    Evilgranny606432on July 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Feist song. I think the lyrics are pretty self-explanatory, and her voice is so evocative, it's easy to see the meaning behind it. It's a sea chanty about the man she loved and lost to the ocean.

    However, there is one line that throws me:
    "The moon dips aloof at four."

    What the hell does that mean? Is this some kind of nautical term or reference? Or is she just saying that the moon set at 4pm, and if so, why include such a trivial detail?
    wandersfaron September 28, 2011   Link

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