We were only doing what the Captain said
We all went down with the ship
The crow's nest splintered on the figurehead
We all went down with the ship
The Kamikaze pilots and the Persian assassins
Were told they would reach paradise
Death is the honour, they were following orders
You could see it in their zealous eyes
They pulled out the monsters that lie deep in the mind
We all went down with the ship
Bayonets rusted on the firing line
We all went down with the ship
I thought of all the men who were sent to the trenches
And those with the unmarked graves
Horrors of the British and the Boer war
And the Charge of the Light Brigade

& it's a long, long way down
To the bed of the sea
Oh I will swim until she,
She covets me

We all suffer for another man's folly
Blindsided by an ego that can't stop
You sink to the bottom to rise to the top, they say
We all fall under the spell of a charmer
Devil's tongue from a shepherd to it's flock
You sink to the bottom to rise to the top, they say

We were only taking what the General desired
We all went down with the ship
For the good of the people and the noble empire
We all went down with the ship
The gentle persuasion of the master's hand
Sheltered in the arc of his roof
This history lesson takes a measure of sand
As it twists and distorts every truth

& it's a long, long way down
To the bed of the sea
Oh I will swim until she,
She covets me

We all suffer for another man's folly
Blindsided by an ego that can't stop
You sink to the bottom to rise to the top, they say
We all fall under the spell of a charmer
Devil's tongue from a shepherd to it's flock
You sink to the bottom to rise to the top, they say


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