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Mariner's Song

The last of man's great unchained beasts
Lies lapping at my door
The last of man's great unchained beasts
Lies lapping at my door
And I'd be happy to give it what it wants
But I do know, it would just ask for more

CHORUS: I search for you with every crest I ride
In every trough I travel through
I search for you in every trough I travel through
I didn't mean to leave you
I unfurled my sail
And the wind did blow
I didn't mean to leave you darling
I unfurled my sail
And the wind did blow
Why, why, why, why, why
Oh why, I did not drop my anchor
Oh Lord, I will never know

CHORUS: I search for you with every crest I ride In every trough I travel through
I search for you
In every trough I travel through

On the lee of the island
I hear your voice deep inside the calm
On the lee of the island
I hear your voice deep inside the calm
Whispering baby I'll be your delight
If you promise to be my red sky tonight

CHORUS: I search for you with every crest I ride
In every trough I travel through
I search for you in every trough I travel through

In the storm, you are my destination
In port, you are my storm
In the storm, you are my destination
In port, you are my storm
But I would weather you, my love
If you would be my guide
If you would be my stars in the sky tonight

CHORUS: I search for you in every crest I ride
In every trough I travel through
I search for you in every trough I travel through












songwriters: Cowboy Junkies

performed by: Cowboy Junkies

date released: 1990 by Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies are an alternative rock/country/blues band which hails from Toronto, Canada. The group was formed in 1985 by Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins (all siblings) and Alan Anton. The Timmins siblings are descendants of Noah Timmins, the mining prospector for whom the town, Timmins, Ontario, was named. Another sister of this talented family was Cali Timmins who began an actress starring in the production, "Ryan's Hope".

After an unauspicious start, the band received critical attention with their second album, "The Trinity Session", which was recorded in 1987 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. The single, "Sweet Jane", was later released from the album whose unique mix of musicial genres soon won the band a devoted cult following.

"Mariner's Song" is set to the lilting melody of a ukelele background which embodies the movement of waves on an ocean. Like love, the song ebbs and flows in rhythm, contrasts and chiastic structures: "In the storm you are my destination; in port, you are my storm." Like a mariner, the lover invokes the mariner's "red sky" from the old adage:

"Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky in morning, sailor's warning."

A red sky at night signals good weather the following day. The opposite, a red sky at night, presages rain or stormy weather. It's not much different from love, don't you think, except that love gives fewer warnings---"in every crest and in every trough"; "in port and the storm"---that's what it all boils down to. This blogger things the Junkies got that one right; love is truly one of man's "great unchained beasts."





















Mariner's Song

The last of man's great unchained beasts
Lies lapping at my door
The last of man's great unchained beasts
Lies lapping at my door
And I'd be happy to give it what it wants
But I do know, it would just ask for more

CHORUS: I search for you with every crest I ride
In every trough I travel through
I search for you in every trough I travel through
I didn't mean to leave you
I unfurled my sail
And the wind did blow
I didn't mean to leave you darling
I unfurled my sail
And the wind did blow
Why, why, why, why, why
Oh why, I did not drop my anchor
Oh Lord, I will never know

CHORUS: I search for you with every crest I ride In every trough I travel through
I search for you
In every trough I travel through

On the lee of the island
I hear your voice deep inside the calm
On the lee of the island
I hear your voice deep inside the calm
Whispering baby I'll be your delight
If you promise to be my red sky tonight

CHORUS: I search for you with every crest I ride
In every trough I travel through
I search for you in every trough I travel through

In the storm, you are my destination
In port, you are my storm
In the storm, you are my destination
In port, you are my storm
But I would weather you, my love
If you would be my guide
If you would be my stars in the sky tonight

CHORUS: I search for you in every crest I ride
In every trough I travel through
I search for you in every trough I travel through












songwriters: Cowboy Junkies

performed by: Cowboy Junkies

date released: 1990 by Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies are an alternative rock/country/blues band which hails from Toronto, Canada. The group was formed in 1985 by Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins (all siblings) and Alan Anton. The Timmins siblings are descendants of Noah Timmins, the mining prospector for whom the town, Timmins, Ontario, was named. Another sister of this talented family was Cali Timmins who began an actress starring in the production, "Ryan's Hope".

After an unauspicious start, the band received critical attention with their second album, "The Trinity Session", which was recorded in 1987 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. The single, "Sweet Jane", was later released from the album whose unique mix of musicial genres soon won the band a devoted cult following.

"Mariner's Song" is set to the lilting melody of a ukelele background which embodies the movement of waves on an ocean. Like love, the song ebbs and flows in rhythm, contrasts and chiastic structures: "In the storm you are my destination; in port, you are my storm." Like a mariner, the lover invokes the mariner's "red sky" from the old adage:

"Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky in morning, sailor's warning."

A red sky at night signals good weather the following day. The opposite, a red sky at night, presages rain or stormy weather. It's not much different from love, don't you think, except that love gives fewer warnings---"in every crest and in every trough"; "in port and the storm"---that's what it all boils down to. This blogger things the Junkies got that one right; love is truly one of man's "great unchained beasts."





















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Quiz #: 5531
The sea, the great unchained beast, exists in a parallel universe in its ebbs and flows with love which has its own vicissitudes.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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