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Fallow Fields / I Was A Sailor

by The Dead Man's Waltz

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Wake me in the springtime On Fallow Fields Burn up our bridges Paint me again With wounds as my witness And flesh as my shield My dear… They drank to our courage Then turned on themselves Stoned me with madness And silenced the bells Their wars are still raging On the middle stair My dear… Man the harvest There’s thieves in the market tonight Part the seas And have faith without reason says I! Take flight… Pull back the curtains The marksmen is blind Roll out the seasons Sharpen the scythe Scatter my ashes Trust in the wind My dear…
I was a sailor My heartache to spite My pillow the ocean My eyelids the night I had weighed anchor With company divine For north California or south of the line I was a sailor Though crew had I none The hold was my pocket My compass the sun But I had brought nothing To act as my wind And I lay on the water like a curious thing But close comes the morning Happy to be I guess I won’t live to see North California waiting for me there I was an angel With you as my charge With God as my witness I broke your heart I whispered a promise Under my wing That I would be one day a sailor again And if a word of forgiveness Could fill up my sail Bit by bit we might see North California with you in my lee there


released June 27, 2011


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The Dead Man's Waltz Isle Of Skye, UK

The Dead Man's Waltz are four musicians from the Isle of Skye. Their music traces a path through the dance halls of Weimar Republic Germany, Tom Waits and the Pogues to more recent acts such as Beirut. Theirs is a litany of small-town crimes and dark romances that is fascinating and irresistable. ... more


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