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lyrics

The Albatross

I was born at sea, I call no land my home
No king and no country, the sea spray soaks into my bones
I have no love of quays, I was born to tame the waves
I was born at sea, and I will live here all my days

I have no port of call, I was made for open air
I fear no man nor beast, I fear no pirate nor corsair
My men, they sound the drums, my men they keep time with the oars
The ocean calls to me, and there is so much to explore

'Til you came down, with feathers 'neath the skin
'Til you came down, to curse me from within
'Til I came across my albatross

We were two months at sea, hundreds of leagues beyond the strands
The lookout called to me, the spyglass shaking, shaking in his hands
Your raft adrift and you, a small and comely, lonely thing
I mounted the rescue, brought you aboard, wet, shivering

I looked into your eyes, your gaze was pure, your blue eyes held
A quiet hushed the deck, a stirring I had never felt
I wrapped you in my coat, gave you my quarters for to rest
To have survived, crew said, you must be good and truly blessed

'Til you came down, with feathers 'neath the skin
'Til you came down, to curse me from within
'Til I came across my albatross

The wind, it left our sails, it would seem we were becalmed
I heard the singing whales, lending a voice to my alarm
When you arose that night, you found me standing at the bow
The focsle quiet, still, you took my arm and touched my brow

I had a sailor's heart, no woman e'er meant much to me
My love for balingers, carracks, picards, longships, and galleys
Your touch was something new, light as snowfall in the air
I felt such love for you, I knew of nothing to compare

'Til you came down, with feathers 'neath the skin
'Til you came down, to curse me from within
'Til I came across my albatross

The days marched on no change, since you arrived no wind in air
No fish, no birds, no life, just water, water everywhere
It began with a hush, a murmur lingered under deck
That you had brought this pain, and you would leave us all a wreck

The panic grew and swelled until it reached a fever pitch
They asked, "What awful hell sent you our captain to bewitch?"
I called for calm, reason, I swore you meant none of them ill
They shouted mutiny, they called for both our blood to spill

They tied us to the mast, the crossbow quarrels taught and cocked
They asked what words we'd say, we never spoke, our pale eyes locked
And as they loosed, you changed, the rope fell from you to the ground
And as you flew away, your beating wings the only sound

Til you came down, with feathers 'neath the skin
Til you came down, to curse me from within
Til I came across my albatross

I was born at sea, and I will live here all my days



Flying

I am flying, flying
Oh mother, look at me now
I am flying, flying
Oh mother, look at me now

Oh, I know I fell so hard (for you)
I know I fell so far (from you)

But now I'm flying, flying
Oh father, look at me now
I am flying, flying
Oh father, look at me now

Love isn't always what it seems
And I fell out of love when you weren't in my dreams

But now I'm flying, flying
Oh lover, look at me now
I am flying, flying
Oh lover, look at me now

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from The Albatross, released December 14, 2013

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Devin Sinha Seattle, Washington

Devin is a singer/songwriter living in Seattle, hailing from Midwestern roots as he spent most of his life around Kansas City. His style is primarily acoustic indie/folk, mixing autobiographical flavors into his fiction of poetry and music. Songs tend toward narrative verse, with lyrics and feeling taking front row center, often complemented by guitar, keyboard, and bass. ... more

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