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The Last Leviathan (Andy Barnes)
See also: Last Of The Great Whales (Irish Descendants)

My soul had been torn from me, and I am bleeding,
My heart it has been rent, and I am crying;
For the beauty around me pales, and I am screaming,
I am the last of the great whales, and I am dying.

Last night I heard the cry of my last companion,
The roar of the harpoon gun, then I was alone.
I reflected on days gone by when we were thousands,
For I know I soon must die the last leviathan.

This morning the sun did rise crimson in the north sky,
The ice was the colour of blood, and the wind did sigh;
I rose to take a breath, it was my last one,
From the gun came the roar of death, and now I am gone.

And e'er since time began we have been haunted,
Through the oceans that were our home we have been hunted;
From Eskimos in canoes to mighty whalers,
Still you ignored our plea, none came to save us.

Now that we're no more, there's no more hunting,
The big fellow is no more, there's no use lamenting;
What race will be next in line all for the slaughter?
The elephant or the seal or your sons and daughters?

My soul had been torn from me, and I am bleeding,
My heart it has been rent, and I am crying;
For the beauty around me pales, and I am screaming,
I am the last of the great whales, and I am dying.

####.... Words and music by Andy Barnes, 1983, ©1986, Friendly Overtures Ltd ....####
Originally titled by Andy Barnes as The Last Of The Great Whales.


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