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a squalid economic wind blew you
off the coast of Seoul into
the grip of the US marines
saw things you'd thought you'd never see

and you missed your wife
and the tales she told at night
and the cadence call
with your ear against her heart

and she prayed for your safe return

the tempest forged you into something new
did things thought you'd never do
bar fight you just escaped but lost your site
the water took more than it gave

an albatross
lead us in the dark
it died on deck
we all mourned its death
still Neptune raged
showed us no mercy that day
a siren's song
that you knew all along

still you prayed for my safe return

merchant marine
the troubles that you've seen
through stormy seas
to the shore
the curse you carried
when st. elmo breathed
a fire around your head

you're bringing home
ghosts and siren's songs
that sing for you
in the night
and demand
no less than
a shoving match
and an empty glass

the fights we held onto
would destroy me and you
(this was supposed to be different)


from , and, what is it that fear looks like to you, track released January 1, 2011



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