Henry's Lament

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Many of the pirates were caught and hung, but one (Henry Every) got away. King wondered what he'd be thinking as he lived out his days in retirement, reliving his wild times of swashbuckling and plundering on the seven seas and cursing the boredom of his old age.


I remember the occasions
Vascillating with the gods
As I rode upon the briny crest
And burned upon the cross
But now these days are empty
And there's no fare for hungry hearts

The sick and many wicked souls
Across the boards we'd creep
And even now the wolves and angels
Trample in my sleep
My hopes upon a wishbone
A shuffle and the fall of cards

In a glimpse I'm freed
To burn and to bleed
Take the bitter and the sweet
And throw away the keys
With a rustle and a crack
And the wind at my back
I'm following the zephyr from the
Blue to the black

Fold away the years
Going back into the day
With one eye and a leg gone west
I'd jump into the fray
Crying "Come on all ye tramps and hawkers
Anchors are aweigh, aweigh!"

Away with these afflictions
Curse the brace and walking frame
I'm a present from a yesterday
That's left out in the rain
A kingdom for my compass
And a vessel bound for glory days

I'm scratching my days on the hallowed walls
You can wash my sins from the killing floor
Nah nah nah...

Oh, rusty harps and mandolins
Caress this tainted seed
With starry, jangling lullabies
And nights that might have been
If I could take a brush
Then I would paint the skies of what I've seen


from Medication, released October 20, 2012
Andy Keegan - Drums
Oscar's Alehouse Choir - Additional Vocals


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Lily & King Melbourne, Australia

An acoustic junkyard - blissful, beautiful, dirty and wicked.

They play hot Dixieland punk dotted with haunting seaside lullabies and street corner stomp. Their set sits somewhere between a captivating 40's nightclub routine and the raw, reckless spirit of New Orleans street buskers. ... more

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