Gordon Bok Gordon Bok 2 13 2010-03-08T19:24:00Z 2010-03-08T19:24:00Z 1 207 1185 Timberhead 9 2 1455 9.6926

Southern Cross

?Jim Stewart, SOCAN


From the pen of my favorite New Brunswick poet, Jim Stewart, who composed the epic Marco Polo Suite, "a tribute to one of Canada's most famous ships."?I quote from the notes of his CD: "On its first voyage to Australia (1852) the Marco Polo lost 52 children to a measles epidemic."?The "light" is Cape Otway off Melbourne, the "birds" are Australian swans.

牋牋牋牋牋?Carol was the harper on the original recording of the suite.


Carol ?harp? 牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Gordon ?viol


There's a light in the distant darkness tonight

Soon we'll be there, tomorrow I swear

May the fire in your heart and eyes be as bright

This is my silent prayer.


牋牋牋牋牋?So rest, baby rest ?by the shining be blest

牋牋牋牋牋?Never in shadows lost

牋牋牋牋牋?This lone holy candle is guiding us on

牋牋牋牋牋?Under the Southern Cross.


There were birds in the twilight, reeling on high

Like Noah's sign, their freedom was mine

And although they were wandering in a strange sky

Theirs was the far shoreline.


牋牋牋牋牋?So hush, baby, hush ?by wing sounding rush

牋牋牋牋牋?Never in sunset lost

牋牋牋牋牋?These cloud-dwelling dreamers are guiding us on

牋牋牋牋牋?Under the Southern Cross.


And this ship has seen glory, heartache and mirth

Sunlight and hail, in doldrums and gale

Though she's ten thousand miles from the land of her birth

On through this night we sail.


牋牋牋牋牋?So sleep, baby, sleep ?by the wind and the deep

牋牋牋牋牋?Never again be tossed

牋牋牋牋牋?This proud weary traveler's taking us home

牋牋牋牋牋?Under the Southern Cross.




Southern Cross is recorded on the Gordon Bok album Gatherings, and on the Jim Stewart album Marco Polo Suite