Song Name: Before The Mast

Songwriter: David Barber

Copyright: 2017-09-03

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Lyrics:

I've been aboard her two years
Most of that up on deck.
Seen storms rip her sails
Though she never did wreck.
She's a sweet sailing frigate
So light and so fast.
And I never will quit my life
Before the mast.


From Halifax to New Guinea
To the calms of the Gulf.
From the mermaids of Hawaii
To the hell of Cape Hope.
She's a sweet sailing charmer
And her wake seems to glisten.
And she sings a soft song
To you if you listen.


If all the ships at sea
Should find a rocky shore.
It wouldn't matter to me
For I've docked there before.
But I sailed away.


You can have your steel bridges,
Your dreamless city nights.
Your crowds reek of cruelty,
They've never tasted sunlight.
You can keep your painted bar maids
I'll take the South Sea queens.
And I'll ride that ship 'till she buckles
And die Before the Mast.


And if all the ships at sea
Should find a rocky shore.
It wouldn't matter to me
For I've docked there before.
But I sailed away.