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I belong to the open water,
To the open water I belong.
Heard of a man walked upon water,
But I’m not in possession of feet that strong
To bear my weight upon the waves
That I created in better days.

I set out a ruined minor,
(Under a black flag)
From Ruan Minor I set out.
Out in a launch with a drunken sailor,
(Under a black flag)
I lost my nerve and turned about
Upon the decks. The albatross,
Around my neck, they hung a cross – bow.

And in the ‘Meantime’ I will be your captain (In a lifeboat).
Bring me the great unwashed and washed up greats, I will be your captain.
Bring me the bravest of the waiverers.

On the shore with an eye to the water,
(Under a black flag)
On the water with an eye to shore.
Mariner, marinate, second mate sober,
(Under a black flag)
I’m the wreck in the bottle beside the door.

And in these mean times…

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from United Downs, released January 29, 2016

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