i am a sailor

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written by randy sutherland

about disappearing over the horizon,
beyond time and space
who doesn't think about that once in a while?

blame (or thank) di m. for the bagpipes- her idea.

thanks to folkways and the woody guthrie foundation for giving me permission to include the line from 'so long its been good to know ya'

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lyrics

I am a Sailor © Randy Sutherland

I asked my uncle what I oughta be
He said “there ain’t no future in genealogy”
You oughta go to school, learn to sea,
Become a sailor.”

So I been blown around, following a half-formed wish
I got freezer burned, swallowed by a half-warmed fish
Now I’m outta that school, they let me be, outta professional courtesy
Cause I’m a sailor

And the swells are all high rollers
And the troughs are filled with awe
Stop mashing them molars
Ain’t you heard the brand new law?

I asked myself “I wonder which one is worse:
To be smashed on reefer er swallowed by an alligator purse
Made into Sailor Jam? well I sink
therefor I am a Sailor”.

And the swells are all high rollers
And the troughs are filled with awe
Stop mashing them molars
Ain’t your heard the brand new law?

“All sailors will get shore leave
until the night is done
Then we’ll set off in search of souls again
In the everlasting dawn”

I asked my uncle just what I oughta be
He said “Find a place outside of history
And when you go, let me know,
And save a spot for me.”

Where the swells are all high rollers
And the troughs are filled with awe
Stop mashing them molars
Ain’t your heard the brand new law?

So farewell, to terra firma’s charms
Early in the morning, I’m far far at sea

So long
it’s been good to know ya

credits

from call of the wheel, released September 15, 2012
produced by tim davidson and sandy mackay with help from bill preeper

drums john morrison
bass, guitars, bagpipes, mandolin, vox: sandy mackay

the picture accompanying this song is from the north atlantic, when the Lord Sheffield ( www.stmaarten-shoretrips.com/lordsheffield/ ) was being delivered to Saint John NB from Quebec. The big square rigger now sails in Saint Maarten!

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sandy mackay St John, New Brunswick

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sometimes lives on a little island in a big river in New Brunswick.
Plays strings keyboards and bagpipes.
We're writing new songs these days, it's fall coming into winter and enjoyable snow!
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