We set out for sea with icicles in our beards
Where the wind bit like dog's teeth
And the sea swept our ship up
Like the hand of a god that had been enraged
So we carried our dead to the shore
And that left nine more
There was violence in the air tonight
When the ship split in half we lost two to the brine
And the seawater swilled across the floor
And the captain lives no more
For he sleeps on the ocean floor
The old bastard was as big as a bear
His coffin was made of a redwood's trunk
His appetite never thinned
His belly was wide as two barrels of gin
Cut the engine
Tie it off to the post
Heave away at my call
Listen well, one and all
We'll be rid of this scourge
When his body goes overboard
He'd been in irons for seventy days
Fed just gunpowder to fuel his rage
Screamed bloody murder and tore at his chains
We made him this way
We were left on that isle
With a skeleton crew
Made of dead men and sinners
Hell-bound through and through
Then it was he who came to our shore
And he left no more


Lyrics submitted by prayingmantis84, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General CommentFrom the site:

    "The third song is called "dead men and sinners" and is one of the more improvisational songs on the album. I had a melody in mind when I wrote the lyrics and we basically went into the studio and made up the rest. We banged on anything we could find for percussion, we made doors creak and bottles rustle to create the sound of a ship- there's even j Robbins dog doc barking in there somewhere. The idea is that this ship is wrecked and nine men escape to an island. (i sang in 9 different voices for this song to make it more authentic). Basically what happens is that the bohemoth of a captain is leading this doomed ship, and his crew decides to mutiny. They toss him into the ocean in the midst of a storm but then the nine traitors get into a storm and wreck upon a beach where they live out their last days waiting for death to come and take them."
    prayingmantis84on September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBest. Fucking. Pirate. Song. EVER.
    SoakedinMercuryon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdamn right
    rodrigo_on August 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsara is an amazing cellist. i effing love her more for this.
    Fragmentedsobriqueton September 06, 2006   Link

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