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Song Of The Whale

  • (Eric Bogle)

    The saddest sound I've ever heard
    Is the song of the hump-back whale
    His moans and sighs and his eerie cries
    Sing a sad familiar tale
    For he sighs and blows as if he knows
    His race is nearly run
    And that soon with all of his kind he'll fall
    Before the whaler's gun

    For every living thing on earth
    Nature made a space
    Each a living strand of a fragile plant
    That can never be replaced
    And not from need but from want and greed
    Man's torn down nature's web
    With greed possessed he will not rest
    Till the last of the whales is dead

    In my mind's eye I can see them die
    As the whaler finds his mark
    Hear the muffled boom of a cruel harpoon
    As it blasts their lives apart
    I see the flood of the rich dark blood
    As it stains the ocean red
    That bloody green will not wash clean
    Till the last of the whales is dead

    Repeat 1

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  • [1980:] All the whaling songs I've ever heard have been from the wrong end of the harpoon. This is a song about what it's like on the sharp end, i. e. the end that usually kills. (Notes Eric Bogle, 'Now I'm Easy')

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