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Safe Upon The Shore (Great Big Sea) videos
#73: YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2010 ~ Used with permission ~

A girl upon the shore did ask
a favour of the sea,
Please bring my blue-eyed sailor boy
safely back to me;
Forgive me if I ask too much,
I will not ask for more,
But I shall weep until he sleeps
safe upon the shore.

As if the sea did hear her plea,
a vision did appear,
The drifting tip of some wrecked ship
came floating ever near;
A figure there did cling to it,
approaching more and more,
As if to ride on some strange tide
safe upon the shore.

So give a sailor not your heart
lest sorrow you do seek;
Let true love not be torn apart
by favours from the sea.

"My love," she cried, as she espied
the figure on the spar,
His clean white shirt was drenched and torn,
he must have floated far;
She thought with bliss how she would kiss
the lips she did adore,
And oh how sweet to see his feet
safe upon the shore.

So give a sailor not your heart
lest sorrow you do seek;
Let true love not be torn apart
by favours from the sea.

As he drew near she felt the fear
that something was astray,
His mouth was slack and his blue eyes
stared blindly at the day;
And in a daze she turned her gaze
from the corpse the driftwood bore,
And the cold, cold sea pushed ruthlessly
safe upon the shore.

So give a sailor not your heart
lest sorrow you do seek;
Let true love not be torn apart
by favours from the sea.

Now fishermen they cast their nets
like miners pan for gold,
And sailors push off from the dock
and pray the gales will hold;
The sea just sits silently
but sometimes she does more,
And someone weeps while her love sleeps....
safe upon the shore.

####.... Séan McCann and Murray Foster of Great Big Sea ....####
Recorded by Great Big Sea of St John's, NL (Safe Upon The Shore, trk#8, 2010, Warner Music Canada, Scarborough, Ontario).

The video above features a live performance by Great Big Sea at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Victoria Island, British Columbia.


See more songs by Great Big Sea.

From the June 23, 2010 blog of Séan McCann's dog Tosh in the Great Big Sea Community:
After some very hard days of travel we found ourselves in the seaside town of Olympia in Washington. All hands had been working hard writing new songs to appease dreaded taskmaster Steve Berlin. Minds and bodies were well frayed. The usually "too cool for school" Foster passed McCann his morning's efforts on a single sheet of paper. The dark tale of a lover lost at sea was too much for our resident "bad seed' to resist and he decided to run with it.... literally. 10K later Murray's poem had a melody.... and a chorus. The world's first Love Shanty was born.



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