SHIVER ME TIMBERS


I'm leaving my family
leaving all my friends
my body's at home but my heart's in the wind
where the clouds are like headlines
on a new frontpage sky
my tears are salt water and the moon's full and high

and I know Martin Eden's
gonna be proud of me
and many before me has been drawn by the sea
to be up in the crow's nest
singing my say:
shiver me timbers! I'm sailing away

now the fog's lifting and the sand's shifting
I'm drifting on out
old captain Ahab he ain't got nothing on me
so come on swallow me • don't follow me
I'm travelling alone
blue water's my daughter • I'm gonna skip like a stone

so please call my misses
tell her not to cry
cause my goodbye is written by the moon in the sky
and nobody knows me
I can't fathom my stayin'
shiver me timbers! as I'm sailing away

                                           tom waits