There's a blanket soaked with rum down there
In the bottom of the boat
And a tree five hundred yards away
Wears initials that I wrote
And that island right there to the north
Is where I camped when I was young
J.D., Moose, and Hans, and me
Fireworks and guns

And I swim out to the jetty in the middle of the night
And I scream on top of those big black rocks
As the sky bursts into light
So hoist the sails of sunken ships
And play that dead man's card
I live here in this great Cape Fear
In the honor of the guard

Well, the winds blow off the water
As I ease back in my chair
My beer tastes cold as the clouds unfold
And the rain fills up this air
Yeah, for centuries my families
Have fished and worked this land
And they make me whole
Their bone and soul in every grain of sand

And I swim out to the jetty in the middle of the night
Two hundred years of conquered fears
To make me watertight
So I hoist the sails of dead men's ships
And toast to lives too hard
'Cause I live here in this great Cape Fear
In the honor of the guard

Well, this town, it's growing way too fast
There's more here everyday
New Hollywood, Las Vegas,
Or at least that's what they say
And the traffic's getting stupid
And the trees all get cut down
And me? I pray for hurricanes
So developers will drown

And I swim out to the jetty in the middle of the night
And one day that riptide's gonna fill my lungs
It's gonna pull me out of sight
And I'll hoist the sails of Blackbeard's ships
I'll set course by phosphorous stars
I live and die right here in this great Cape Fear
In the honor of the guard


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