As Long as the Ocean Rolls

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lyrics

this dirty town’s my home and it’s built on foam and loam
but I’d rather be out on the sea a-sailin’
I won’t stay another day and it’s time to earn my pay
so I found the crimp and soon I was a-whalin’

we set out from County Cork
for the old port of of New York
lost our way at sea in a mighty gale
the ocean whipped and sprayed that cold November day
the wind, she beat our ship and tore our sails

ships do come and go and as long as the ocean rolls
we’ll fill our bellies up and stack our bowls
ships do come and go and as long as the ocean rolls
we’ll do just as we please and damn their souls

I barely made it back with my old black gunny sack
and Miss Judy Lee, she come right out to kiss me
once the money’s flying, she’s in my ear a-sighin’
we toasted to the run with smoke and whiskey

with my crusty old-time friends
good Lord, how the money spends
it goes as quick as anyone’s a-winking
when the pay is all but gone and everything’s left in pawn
there’s nothing left but water for a-drinking

Miss Judy Lee a-leavin’ and my poor heart is a-grievin’
all I got here left are drinkin’ songs
when the crimp comes back around
I’ll sign up and take his pound
I’ll be on the first boat sailing out at dawn

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from Smoke from the Well, released March 1, 2016

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