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Safe In The Harbour

  • (Eric Bogle)

    But to every sailor comes the time to drop anchor
    Haul in the sails and make the lines fast
    You deep-water dreamer, your journey is over
    You're safe in the harbour at last

    Have you stood by the ocean on a diamond-hard morning
    And felt the horizon stir deep in your soul
    Watched the wake of a steamer as it cut through blue water
    Been gripped by a fever you just can't control
    Ah, to throw off the shackles and fly with the seagulls
    To where green waves tumble 'fore a driving sea wind
    Or to lie on the decking on a warm summer's evening
    Watch the red sun fall burning beneath the earth's rim

    Some men are sailors, but most are just dreamers
    Held fast by the anchors they forge in their mind
    Who in their hearts know they'll never sail over deep water
    To search for a treasure they're afraid they won't find
    So in sheltered harbours they cling to their anchors
    Bank down the boilers and shut down the steam
    And wait for the sailors to return with their treasures
    That will fan the dull embers and fire up their dreams

    And some men are schemers who laugh at the dreamers
    Take the gold from the sailors and turn it to dross
    They're men in a prison, they're men without vision
    Whose only horizon is profit and loss
    So when storm clouds come sailing across your blue ocean
    Hold fast to your dreaming for all that you're worth
    For as long as there are dreamers there will always be sailors
    Bringing back their bright treasures from the corners of the earth

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1985:] A tribute to Stan Rogers. (Notes Eric Bogle, 'When the Wind Blows')

  • [1997:] Stan wrote a great many songs about the sea and about sailing, so I wrote a tribute with sea imagery in it. (Eric Bogle, intro Tønder Folk Festival)

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