The First Farewell

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Boys shipped off to sea, most often as cabin boys, at very young ages in the days of sail. Imagine what it was like for parents watching those sails dip below the horizon for the first time.

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THE FIRST FAREWELL
© BOB WRIGHT

I can barely see your sails
at the edge of the sky
fading like the light
fading in the night

as proud and tall
as they might be
they look so small to me
and the water is so
cold and deep

oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep

you said don’t dare worry
you would not be gone long
strode up the gangway
and you were gone

as proud and tall
as you might be
you looked so small to me
and the water is so
cold and deep

oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep

whatever gods that there may be
whatever spells or charms
I pray that they will keep you
safe from harm

as proud and tall
as I might be
I’m smaller than I seem
and the water is so
cold and deep

oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep
oh the water cold and deep

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from Harbortown Redocks, released May 16, 2020

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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