The Brigantine

from by William Pint & Felicia Dale

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Old salts have often related supernatural experiences on the sea. Janie Meneely wrote this imagining a homeward bound crew spotting something in the distance that raises the hackles.

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The Brigantine
Janie Meneely

Ease ’er down, two points off the starboard bow
See her topsails pulling as she’s closing from the west
Dark as tar, let’s pray she’s just some fishing scow
A night like this could sprout a few more hairs upon your chest
It’s all hands on deck, now, ready with the running gear
We’ll bring our head around and we’ll damn well try to run
Friend or foe, she’s got no reason being here
Cutting cross our bow like some hellion on the run

Steady boys, I can’t exactly make her out
Looks to be a brigantine, I think I see her spars
Lively now, we may just have to come about
I wish to Hell they’d show a light and tell us who they are
She’s got her royals flying with the wind right off her quarterdeck
Here we’re barely making way with zephyrs from the north
For all the years we’ve been at sea—or been around the water, heck
I think we’re seeing something we ain’t never seen before

The old timers tell us all about the spectre ships they’ve seen
We just sit and listen and we hide our guffaws in our sleeves
Tonight might make us wonder just what it is we do believe

Can you see? There’s someone standing at the wheel
Looks to be the starlight reflecting from his eyes
Big as life—and laughing like he’s fit to kill
Did anybody notice? There ain’t no stars tonight
She’s got her royals flying with the wind right off her quarterdeck
Here we’re barely making way with zephyrs to the north
For all the years we’ve been at sea—or been around the water, heck
I think we’re seeing something we ain’t never seen before

Watch her go--did she even see us here?
Prowling through the darkness like some demon on the outs
Leave her go. Let’s set our course for outta here
I’d just as soon not hang around in case she comes about

It’s all hands on deck, now, ready with the running gear
We’ll bring her head around and we’ll damn well try to run
Friend or foe, she’s got no reason being here
Cutting cross our bow like some hellion on the run

The old timers tell us all about the spectre ships they’ve seen
We just sit and listen and we hide our guffaws in our sleeves
Tonight might make us wonder just what it is we do believe

credits

from Blue Divide, track released March 10, 2012
William: vocals, guitar
Felicia: vocals, hurdy-gurdy
Dan: Bass guitar
T.J.: Kit drums
Jay: organ

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