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John (Larry Kaplan) video
#1473: YouTube video by Larry Kaplan
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

Foggy harbor cold and wet, and not a soul,
The boats are sitting crooked in the mud;
All about the sounds of life are chilled and distant,
And the kerosene lamps flicker in the night.

Rub your hands together, pull your collars up,
We'll drink another round before the night is gone;
Take your chances, boys, soon we'll all be leaving,
And not a word about the times to come.

John comes home to his old boat, he's alone,
He wears his stocking cap
pulled down upon his ears;
Ten years going and he's worked
his hands to stone and leather,
Says tonight he's got to get away.

Busted broke, no place to go,
that's what he says you get,
For putting all your time into the sea;
Then a man gets old, he says,
too late to settle down, he says,
Too late to find a place for company.

Hear the hulls a-creaking hard
against the rocky bottom,
Hear the hungry lonesome singing gulls;
Curse the winter winds,
those empty dreams that took you in,
When you're young enough you never get your fill.

Keep your lanterns on
and throw the big hatch open wide,
No man is a stranger in the cold;
Throw another log into the fire,
the night is young enough,
And good friends keep a man from getting old.

Rub your hands together, pull your collars up,
We'll drink another round before the night is gone;
Take your chances, boys, soon we'll all be leaving,
And not a word about the times to come.

Take your chances, boys, soon we'll all be leaving,
And not a word about the times to come.

####.... Larry Kaplan, ca.1977, ©1997, Hannah Lane Music, BMI. All Rights Reserved ....####
Larry Kaplan Notes:
I wrote this ballad on a cold October evening just before moving on to a new job and new places. This song is, however, about those who choose to stay behind, where farewell can mean very different things than it does for those who do the leaving.


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