Lyrics – Watertight

From Swallows’ In the Shadow of the Seven Stars

SS Westernland on the stormy sea
The SS Westernland traverses a stormy Atlantic Ocean

Watertight

Monday, March 30, 1891
Aboard the SS Westernland, Atlantic Ocean

Jack, climb back in the hull
Stow the sails and oars
Battened down
Watertight
Unsinkable
Boat

Watch the pitch and roll
Turn the rudder slow
Throw the drogues
Anchor down
Unsinkable
Boat

Tell ‘em all night in
We’ll ride this out a hull
Morning comes
Chart our course
Unsinkable
Boat

Live another day
Despite the wind and rain
Change our tack
Sail on
Unsinkable
Boat

This watch is getting long
Oh, I’m seeing faces in the waves
Counting bodies in the stars

Slow moving, slow motion, slow moving tide
Still water, deep water, bone chilling dive

Jack, this header’s moving slow
Full and by we’ll go
Turn the sails
To the wind
Unsinkable
Boat

Let it go and haul
A westward lift is blowing
Pass the pipe
Down the grog
Let’s ride it on
Home

This watch is getting long
Oh, I’m seeing faces in the waves
Counting bodies in the stars

Slow moving, slow motion, slow moving tide
Still water, deep water, bone chilling dive

Time killing time killing
Sail the ocean blue
Time killing time killing
Under the new moon

Time killing time killing
Sail the ocean blue
Time killing time killing
Under the new moon

Jack, polish all the brass
Swab the decks and bridge
Cut the rigs
Tie the ropes
Unsinkable
Boat

Grab the holy stone
Scrub down to the bone
Man the yards
Watertight
Unsinkable
Boat

Lock the wheelhouse door
Let’s get this vessel moored
Clean the grave
Piss and spit
Unsinkable
Boat

Climb back in the hull
Stow the sails and oars
Battened down
Watertight
Unsinkable
Boat

© 2013 Crandall

Performers:
Aaron Kerr – Bass
Brett Hansen – Electric Guitars, Vocals, Whistle
Jeff Crandall – Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Rhodes Piano
Justin DeLeon – Drums
Mike Nordby – Percussion

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