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    "The Mariner's Revenge Song" Lyrics

    The Decemberists

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

    You may not remember me
    I was a child of three
    And you, a lad of eighteen
    But, I remember you
    And I will relate to you

    How our histories interweave
    At the time you were
    A rake and a roustabout
    Spending all your money
    On the whores and hounds
    (Oh, oh)

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

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

    "Find him, bind 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"

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

    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, bind 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 at sea
    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


    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 heart great joy
    To see your eyes fill with fear
    So lean in close
    And I will whisper
    The last words you'll hear
    (Oh, oh)
    This song was submitted on February 5th, 2005 and last modified on June 13th, 2012.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Bmg Rights Management Us, Llc.
    Written by Colin Meloy.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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