In the port of Amsterdam
Is a sailor who sings
Of the dreams that he brings
From the wide open sea
In the port of Amsterdam
Is a sailor that sleeps
While the river bank creeps
To the old willow tree

In the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who dies
Full of beer, full of cries
In a drunken town fight
And in the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who's born
On a hot muggy morn
By the dawn's early light

In the port of Amsterdam
Where the sailors all meet
There's a sailor who eats
Only fish heads and tails
And he'll show you his teeth
That have rotted too soon
That can haul up the sails
That can swallow the moon

And he yells to the cook
With his arms open wide
"Hey, bring me more fish
Throw it down by my side"
And he wants so to belch
But he's too full to try
So he stands up and laughs
And he zips up his fly

In the port of Amsterdam
You can see sailors dance
Paunches bursting their pants
Grinding women to porch
They've forgotten the tune
That their whiskey voice croaked
Splitting the night
With the roar of their jokes
And they turn and they dance
And they laugh and they lust
Till the rancid sound of the accordion bursts
And then out of the night
With their pride in their pants
And the sluts that they tow
Underneath the street lamps

In the port of Amsterdam
There's a sailor who drinks
And he drinks and he drinks
And he drinks once again
He'll drink to the health
Of the whores of Amsterdam
Who've given their bodies
To a thousand other men
Yeah, they've bargained their virtue
Their goodness all gone
For a few dirty coins
Well he just can't go on
Rubs his nose in the twinkling
Stars up above
And he pisses like I cry
On the unfaithful love

In the port of Amsterdam
In the port of Amsterdam


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    General CommentA great song, but it's not actually by the Dresden Dolls - its a cover they often do of a song by Jacques Brel, who was a Belgian cabaret singer in the '60s.
    espionageon July 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEither way, this song gives me shivers.
    shutitoffon May 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOMG a Jacques Brel cover! I love this song, 2nd fav cover of JB, first has to be My Death by david Bowie, originally in French by JB
    ErikSnowthornon February 23, 2010   Link

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