Heave ho, farewell to the quay! Merry sailors, sailors we!
The horizon is our proscenium! Our dead will come to know the sea
Our cook is a wanted man, 1000 thalers for each hand
Our captain lost his good sense, driven by a Lazarus' words

Have you not been told of Lazarus? He felt the icy grip
Brought back by a morphine drip, he told the captain this:

Tragedy, tragedy! Death has you fooled!
No throne of bone, no terranean pool!
No scythe, no cowl, no skeleton
His greatest trophy is this myth
Every sailor, salmon, every carp will follow rivers to the source
Only the dead will know the course, and furthermore...
Do you really want to know of the afterworld?


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    General CommentThis song is based on the Necromancy School of Magic.

    However, it is supposedly about Owen's harrowing experience of watching his grandfather slip in and out of death while on morphine.
    noseovertail711on September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow. Freaky stuff.
    Lost the Ploton October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentParts of this song, e.g. around 1:10, remind me of Shostakovich. I don't think this is a coincidence, given the topic of death which was very central in Shostakovich's work.
    Well, Owen holds a degree in composition, after all, he surely knew what he was doing.
    Fryieon September 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt refers to his god father slipping in and out of conciousness (or death?) Due to the morphine that was numbing the pain of cancer.
    Claire-voyanceon April 19, 2008   Link

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