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牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋?Trochus Boats

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Lyrics: Bill Scott/ Music: Roger Ilott ?1999

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋牋牋牋?Restless Music APRA/AMCOS


牋牋牋牋牋?Bill lives in Warwick, Queensland, Australia, these days.?This is from one of his other eight lives.?He says "When working aboard the Commonwealth lighthouse vessel, Cape Leeuwin, in the early fifties, we often saw some of the pearling fleet anchored among the reefs of the Barrier where they harvested trochus shell.?The sound of the crews' voices in song drifting across the twilit still waters haunts me still with its beauty."


Gordon ?12-string guitar

Quasimodal Chorus - vocals


牋牋牋牋牋?I am living dry and placid now among encircling mountains,

牋牋牋牋?An old man still remembering the days that used to be,

牋牋牋牋?But I close my eyes and live again those days of sweat and laughter,

牋牋牋牋?When we worked the trochus luggers* in the western Coral Sea.


牋牋牋牋?Sailing in a black hulled lugger with a lookout at the masthead,

牋牋牋牋?You may drift along the coral cays and anchor where you please,

牋牋牋牋?In the glassy leeside waters of some rocky offshore island,

牋牋牋牋?Though the outer reef be trembling under pounding whitened seas.



牋牋牋牋?Laddie oh?Laddie ay, Laddie oh?Laddie ay. (2x)


牋牋牋牋?You may anchor calm and safely in the shallows over coral,

牋牋牋牋?Where the waters glimmer peacock in a hundred shifting shades,

牋牋牋牋?You can hear the rippling wavelets tinkle gently on the beaches,

牋牋牋牋?And the stays and braces strumming in the southeast trades.




牋牋牋牋?To the north of Lizard Island and to the south of Iron Range,

牋牋牋牋?In my dreams I am returning to the place where I would be,

牋牋牋牋?To the laughing Torres Straitsmen singing softly in the twilight,

牋牋牋牋?To the trochus lugger's anchorage in Princess Charlotte Bay.




牋牋牋牋?*Trochus is a large mollusk,?Perhaps the boast were once lug rigged, but I've seen pictures of ketches, and Bill says he's seen motor boats called luggers.



Trochus Boats is recorded on the album Herrings in the Bay