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Ferry Song

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In my troubled youth headed on that great journey

Said goodbye to my kinfolk walked on

Followed my footsteps down to the harbor

When the ferry came in I got on

 

I was headed, headed out into the wind

I was headed, headed out into the wind

From one side to the other, oh the boat went on

From one side to the other taking me where I belong

 

There was no one there to meet me, only mist and fog

And the only sound to great me, came from waves, gulls and dogs

When the sun came out and the fog did lift, she was standing there

On the other side of a footbridge, her smile was sweet, she was fair

Pulled like a magnet, drawn to her side

Like the pull of a moth to a candle flame, I lost myself to her light

 

I was headed, headed out into the wind

I was headed, headed out into the wind

From one side to the other, drawn to her face

From one side to the other, she was gone without a trace

 

So I rambled round that bustling town till war overseas broke out

I signed up as a foot soldier, spent the whole tour on the front

The bullets they were flying and I caught one in the side

The casualties were many and it seemed that I too would die

Like a cloud she appeared out of nowhere and put my hand in hers

And listened to the whole story till the heart swelled and burst

 

I was headed, headed out into the wind

I was headed, right back out there again

From one side to the other, oh the boat went on

From one side to the other taking me where I belong

 

I recovered slowly and sifted through my life

There were many convolutions and I tried to put them right

One day a letter came to me and it said my father was ill

I cried to think of his frailty, the heart was open still

I went down to the ferry, when she docked I jumped aboard

The gulls they were screechin as we left for the other shore

 

I was headed, headed out into the wind

I was headed, headed right out there again

From one side to the other, oh the boat went on

From one side to the other taking me where I belong

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