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There Are No Sundays At Sea

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Dome Island Records - Dome Island Publishing ⒸⓅ 2014
Denise Jordan Finley/Daniel Pagdon

Story

guitar... Denise Jordan Finley

contrabass guitar... Daniel Pagdon

alto flute... Matt Finley

accordion... Ralph Romano

Lyrics

in towns by the ocean the children all know

their seafaring families agree

there are no sundays at sea they all sing

there are no sundays at sea

 

when he boarded his ship for her last run to liverpool

grandfather's age was the age i am now

he's been still on the deep since the day i was born

grandmother's telling me how

 

monday's cargo sailed tuesday and wednesday and thursday

friday the waters went white

they weathered the squalls all saturday

and were lost in the blue the next night

 

there are no sundays

there are no sundays at sea

 

on land sundays come after six days of work

no days of rest on the waves sailors say

except when at anchor or snug in a harbor

or docked in a mole at the mouth of a bay

 

there are no sundays

there are no sundays at sea

 

at age ninety four she stands still at the door

on mid-winter days when the breezes blow warm

dismissing the news from the merchant marine

not believing him dead in the storm

 

monday's cargo sailed tuesday and wednesday and thursday

friday the waters went white

they weathered the squalls all saturday

and were lost in the blue the next night

 

there are no sundays

there are no sundays at sea

 

i'm following grandmother up the back stairs

up to the roof where she's come all these years

she steadies herself at the rail

gazing through glimmering tears

 

i'll always remember the sound of her singing

there are no sundays at sea

there are no sundays

there are no sundays at sea 

 

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