Procol Harum:A Salty Dog

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“A Salty Dog”
Artist: Procol Harum
Albums: A Salty Dog (1969)
The Best Prog Rock Album in the World ... Ever (2003)

All hands on deck
We've run afloat
I heard the captain cry
Explore the ship
Replace the cook
Let no one leave alive
Across the straits
Around the horn
How far can sailors fly
A twisted path
Our tortured course
And no one left alive

We sailed for parts
Unknown to man
Where ships come home to die
No lofty peak
Nor fortress bold
Could match our captain's eye
Upon the seventh
Seasick day
We made our port of call
A sand so white
And sea so blue
No mortal place at all

We fired the gun
And burnt the mast
And rowed from ship to shore
The captain cried
We sailors wept
Our tears were tears of joy
Now many moons
Aand many Junes
Have passed since we made land
A salty dog
This seaman's log
Your witness my own hand