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Perth – by JMSkwARED

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“Perth” is based on a Chapter in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick about how the blacksmith came to join the ship.

LYRICS

It’s raining ‘neath the midnight lamp
Just by Perth’s old door
The mad romantic
Sad and damp
Forgotten like the poor

Awaits the ghost of long lost love
For one last look before
He takes his bow
Boards the prow
Of the Pequod of yore

But she can never come
And the morning sun
Breaks the fleeing clouds
The Pequod sounds
Her bell resounds
The jeolous mistress
Sailing shrouds

Unfurling petticoats they wave
To the tired and fading moon
And the whale of a fool
With his whaling tool
Sets sail for the Isle of Ruin

Ahab’s twin
Is rage your only passion?
She is your lost limb
Your white fiend is the heavens
You can’t order tides to settle down
Or turn back the sun and season
How you lost the love you lost
Makes despair a demon

The blacksmith fired
In his godless pyre
A buffoon’s harpoon of steel
From black nail stubs
Of racehorse shoes
The pale spirit’s barb congealed

His pointless sharkskin apron hides
The scars that cannot feel
He smiled a lie
When the pagan’s blood
True death-tempered steel

And he dreamed of his forfeit bride
And ruddy children dead
Lost to a desperate burglar
Into their lives he’d led:

“Come hither broken hearted”
“Escape to the unshored sea”
She’d spoke in the wind
From the east and the west:
“I will marry thee”

Ahab’s twin
Is rage your only passion?
She is your lost limb
Your white fiend is the heavens
You can’t order tides to settle down
Or turn back the sun and season
How you lost the love you lost
Makes despair a demon

CREDITS

Composed by: John McCaig
Produced by: Kevin Harper
Mastered by: Al Hunnie
Electric and bass guitars: Dave Zilkie
Keyboards and percussion: John McCaig
Vocal: Danny Kramer

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