Shanties

by Invincible Pigs

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1.
The tourists come to gawp in their dandy hats and coats See the calloused hands down a-working on the boats The daily catch is taken for the fancy food in town But the tide has been a rising and the price is going down Giant’s holding fast against the weather and the rot They’ve been watching on the beaches since a time we long forgot The sand it shifts beneath their feet The tide rolls out and in And always at the shoreline in the morning So heave on the ropes and haul up the net They say a storm’s a coming but we ain’t dead yet We'll roll with the thunder like a thousand time before In the belly of a giant on the old shop floor Now there’s many a gale that’s blown on through, and many a lugger damned Many a saint abandoned for amusements on the Strand Many an old salt sacrificed to make the way for change But some may keep the old ways, and long they may remain Giants looking weary as another day begins Their clothes are looking ragged and the salt it stains their skin The sand it shifts beneath their feet The tide rolls out and in And always at the shoreline in the morning So heave on the ropes and haul up the net They say a storm’s a coming but we ain’t dead yet We'll roll with the thunder like a thousand time before In the belly of a giant on the old shop floor Here we stand in protest ‘gainst the widening of a smile Seems that every inch we gives em, the council sells a mile Ol' Bony was defeated but it didn’t end the pain Know that it was England who shot Joe Swain Giants they’re enlisted now, still staring at the sea Filled with unsung stories, or hawking history The sand it shifts beneath their feet The tide rolls out and in And always at the shoreline in the morning So heave on the ropes and haul up the net They say a storm’s a coming but we ain’t dead yet We'll roll with the thunder like a thousand time before In the belly of a giant on the old shop floor So heave on the ropes and haul up the net They say a storm’s a coming but we ain’t dead yet We'll roll with the thunder like a thousand time before And always at the shoreline in the morning Always at the shoreline in the morning
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Tell me lads, can you hear the sounds? (The rain does fall and the wind does blow) The Mother of God, she’s come to town (It’s down the Dart we’ll go) Her belly groans with foreign gold (The rain does fall and the wind does blow) And her gilded decks sing out for for home (It’s down the Dart we’ll go) Casting off with the rising tide It’s the down the Dart and up the side Of Heaven come to England's shores With blackened sails and muffled oars We’ll meet the Mother of God! I heard the tale down in the Seven Stars (The rain does fall and the wind does blow) Where navy lads tips back a jar (It’s down the Dart we’ll go) And i heard it too down on the old Fosse street (The rain does fall and the wind does blow) Where the docker boys hang thick as thieves (It’s down the Dart we’ll go) Casting off with the rising tide It’s the down the Dart and up the side Of Heaven come to England's shores With blackened sails and muffled oars We’ll meet the Mother of God! The taxman wants what the taxman sees (The rain does fall and the wind does blow) But Lizzie she'll get one in three (It’s down the Dart we’ll go) Sir Walter wants to strip your back (The rain does fall and the wind does blow) But In Dartmouth boys he’s met his match! (It’s down the Dart we’ll go) Casting off with the rising tide It’s the down the Dart and up the side Of Heaven come to England's shores With blackened sails and muffled oars We’ll meet the Mother of God!

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released July 11, 2021

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