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SAILOR OF THE CENTURY

 

Written: Melendres Street, Las Cruces NM, 1977

 

This is Kneesí only foray into post-apocalyptic dystopian songwriting. It began as a catchy phrase, ďfrom the Colorado Islands to the shores of TennesseeĒ and evolved into a tale about fascism (the teachers), sacrifice and sea-faring adventure. It has one of Kneesí better chord patterns

 

Iíve been a sailor for the past seven years

Sailin on the ocean of our country

Iíve seen the teachers, the preachers of fear

Who kept me from the woman who loved me

In the third year of the flood

We met at Mt Rainier

Where we helped build

The village of the mountain

We lived each otherís lives

Through the hunger and the tears

An drank the love that flowed like a fountain.

 

Now Iím known as the sailor of the century

The man who cheats the forces from above

From the Colorado Islands

To the shores of Tennessee

Iíll sail the American Ocean till I find my love

 

Then the teachers walked among us

And told us of the sea

That lay to the east of the desert

They told us there were places

Where people still were free

Where the teachers had control of the weather

She told me there would never

Be another in her life

But she had to see what happened to the east

Before she left we married

In the night of the knife

When I became a killer of the beast.

 

Now Iím known as the sailor of the century

The man who cheats the forces from above

From the Colorado Islands

To the shores of Tennessee

Iíll sail the American Ocean till I find my love

 

Iíve been everywhere that thereís left to be

And my lady may not want me when I find her

But my life has not been empty

As I sailed across the sea

Iím not just the man she left behind her.

 

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