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THE KEEPER (dropped D- capo 2nd)
© Bob Wright

Darkness on the water and the wind begins to roar
The harbors in the distance just beyond a rocky shore
The ship is running with the wind the captain scans the night
Looking for the way inside looking for the light

High upon a lonely cliff the keeper struggles on
Fighting through the pain to do the things that must be done
As long a he’s been stationed there he’d always done his chores
Not a single ship had ever broken on his shore

But earlier that evening he slipped upon a rock
Bent his leg beneath him and he passed out from the shock
When he had awoken there the sun had left the sky
And out upon the water he could see their running lights

The captain searched with practiced eye and bearings that were true
Waiting for the harbor light to come into his view
His vessel was committed he was out of room to turn
He cursed a keeper of the light who couldn’t make it burn

The crew could hear the crashing waves above the howling gale
Got the anchors ready and they shortened up the sails
The captain he was staring through the darkness off to port
Just a few more minutes and their lives could all be lost

The keeper took the lighthouse stairs once step at a time
It was all that he could do to drag his busted limb behind
The higher that he got the more determined he became
The last thing that he managed was to reignite the flame

The captain saw a burst of light and then he saw the rocks
Turned the wheel a quarter turn and slipped in by the docks
Above them they could see the light as bright as any star
Shining through the dark of night to tell them where they are

They found the keeper later he was dead beside the lens
Sacrificed himself to save the lives of other men
And later in the pubs that night they raised their glasses high
Here’s to those who choose to be the keepers of the lights

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from The Diver, released January 1, 2008

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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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