Run the wire from bow to stern
Give the windlass a couple turns
Check the running light tonight, good light above
And tomorrow we shall see
If she is worthy of the sea
And then see if she is worthy of thy love

Lay you down on featherbed
A feather pillow rest your head
I'm coming home from work, I'm by the water
I will meet you between the sheets
With tangled limbs and naked feet
To see if we are worthy of a son or daughter

Will I be a steadfast father
In spite of my inconstant ways
I am jouncing
I am rowing
I don't know how to stay

Do we move and remove to undo some mistake
Or is moving's motive running from a life we're scared to make
And if there's somewhere that we're running to
Will it ever be the place
Where the stream sings

From the light of morning sun
The pain it quickly comes, it carries over
Positive and negative
Reverse it back from steeder to the grover
The trouble is that trouble lends itself
To troubled times till troubled times are gone.


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    My InterpretationThere it stood, a testament to his father taken to early. A wooden craft, left to wither and die in storage, out of place. The son gave his life to this vessel, "The Albatross". The sea called to him and he answered, hoping to find what had been lost. He left his wife and son in pursuit of closure, though all he found was anger in the gentle swells. The sea's indifference infuriated him. He wanted his father back from the blue. In the end he found the depths did not return the fallen. Instead they took another father so they may call another son.
    naivelisteneron May 04, 2014   Link

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