Gordon Bok Gordon Bok 2 1 2010-02-16T16:47:00Z 2010-02-16T16:47:00Z 2 282 1610 Timberhead 13 3 1977 9.6926


Words and music ?993 Valentine Doyle


Gordon ?12-string guitar

Valentine once had the opportunity to bring a small sailing vessel across the Atlantic with a friend. They ran into the usual obligatory storm, and also something I抳e never heard anyone else describe: a river of fish in the ocean. Both of these are told here as seen through the boat抯 eyes.


The storm when it came shook me clear to my keel

I lost all direction and time

I had no horizon, ran battered and blind

And the whole of the world was the great wave behind

And the wave rushing on me to climb

牋牋牋牋牋?And oh, the ocean is wide:

牋牋牋牋牋?Come wind and come weather, there抯 nowhere to hide

牋牋牋牋牋?And the ocean is wide


I carried my friends as a boat does her own

The three of us under the gale

I held on with the strength of rope and of wood

And human and little, they fought as they could

With the tiller and shortened sail

牋牋牋牋牋?Chorus + You pray for your own ones to weather the ride, but the ocean?/p>


By crest and by hollow, by dark and by day

By buffet, by blow we were hurled

For three days we drove on under staysail alone

Till the storm left us still and alone in the dawn

And bright calm to the edge of the world?

牋牋牋牋牋?Chorus + Come calm or come storm, you抮e alone in the tide


The little fish came down the bright, breathing sea

From world抯 edge to world抯 edge they ran

They divided behind me and joined at my bow

And I on a silver thread, rudder to prow

And all the world抯 ocean its span

牋牋牋牋牋?Chorus +?The web of the world抯 in the sea by your side


With the little ghost wind the blue follow-fish came

Big and lovely, they danced in the foam

Ah, we traveled companions all down the day

Then as the breeze quickened, they were off on their way

And I heeled in the good breeze for home

牋牋牋牋牋?Chorus + And the web of the world抯 in the sea by your side

牋牋牋牋牋?Chorus + Rise well, swim easy, wherever you bide

牋牋牋牋牋?For the ocean is wide



Sarabande's Story is recorded on the album Other Eyes