The Decemberists

The Mariner's Revenge Song

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The Mariner's Revenge Song

	  		
Am 
We are two mariners 
Am 
Our ship's sole survivors 
Am                      E 
In this belly of a whale 
Am 
It's ribs are ceiling beams 
Am 
It's guts are carpeting 
Am 
I guess we have some time to kill 

Am 
You may not remember me 
Am 
I was a child of three 
Am                        E 
And you, a lad of eighteen 
Am 
But, I remember you 
Am 
And I will relate to you 
Am                         E 
How our histories interweave 
F 
At the time you were 
                      Am 
A rake and a roustabout 
F 
Spending all your money 
                      E 
On the whores and hounds 
(oh, oh) 

Am 
You had a charming air 
Am 
All cheap and debonair 
Am                            E 
My widowed mother found so sweet 
Am 
And so she took you in 
Am 
Her sheets still warm with him 
Am                                  E 
Now filled with filth and foul disease 
F 
As time wore on you proved 
                        Am 
A debt-ridden drunken mess 
F 
Leaving my mother 
                        E 
A poor consumptive wretch 
(oh, oh) 

Am 
And then you disappeared 
Am 
Your gambling arrears 
Am                           E 
The only thing you left behind 
Am 
And then the magistrate 
Am 
Reclaimed our small estate 
Am                            E 
And my poor mother lost her mind 
F 
Then, one day in spring 
                       Am 
My dear sweet mother died 
F 
But, before she did 
                                   E 
I took her hand as she, dying, cried: 
(oh, oh) 

(Am) 
"Find him, find him 
Tie him to a pole and break 
His fingers to splinters 
Drag him to a hole until he 
Wakes up naked 
Clawing at the ceiling 
Of his grave" 

Am 
It took me fifteen years 
Am 
To swallow all my tears 
Am                           E 
Among the urchins in the street 
Am 
Until a priory 
Am 
Took pity and hired me 
Am                           E 
To keep their vestry nice and neat 
F 
But, never once in the employ 
              Am 
these holy men 
F 
Did I ever, once turn my mind 
                          E 
From the thought of revenge 
(oh, oh) 

(Continua igual os versos.) 

One night I overheard 
The prior exchanging words 
With a penitent whaler from the sea 
The captain of his ship 
Who matched you toe to tip 
Was known for wanton cruelty 
The following day 
I shipped to sea 
With a privateer 
And in the whistle 
Of the wind 
I could almost hear 
(oh, oh) 

"Find him, find him 
Tie him to a pole and break 
His fingers to splinters 
Drag him to a hole until he 
Wakes up naked 
Clawing at the ceiling 
Of his grave 

There is one thing I must say to you 
As you sail across the sea 
Always, your mother will watch over you 
As you avenge this wicked deed" 

And then, that fateful night 
We had you in our sight 
After twenty months, it seemed 
Your starboard flank abeam 
I was getting my muskets clean 
When came this rumbling from beneath 
The ocean shook 
The sky went black 
And the captain quailed 
And before us grew 
The angry jaws 
Of a giant whale 

(oh..) 

Don't know how I survived 
The crew all was chewed alive 
I must have slipped between his teeth 
But, oh, what providence 
What divine intelligence 
That you should survive 
As well as me 
It gives my eye great joy 
To see your eyes fill with fear 
To lean in close 
And I will whisper 
The last words you'll hear 
(oh, oh) 
		  

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