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Heart Of A Sailor Boy
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Copyright George Papavgeris, November 2001
Love of the sea is not just the sailorís prerogative. In fact, many more
would have gone to sea, if things were different.


He was a master carpenter, loved to work with wood
But what he wanted most, Lord grant it that he could
Was not to build the boats but to sail away
But mortgages and kids led his dream astray
Life has a habit of killing dreams
And so he'll never go to sea it seems
But inside his jacket and behind his tie
There beats the heart of a sailor boy.

He was top of the class, but school was such a bore
So after lessons every day he walked along the shore
And dreamt about foreign seas with wind along his beam
But all his high grades were an anchor to his dream
Mum and Dad insisted that he should get a degree
Now he's a director of a major company
But inside his jacket and behind his tie
There beats the heart of a sailor boy.

He plays the concertina and he's with a shanty choir
And when he sings of foreign shores his eyes are full of fire
In rooms so full of smoke he still can smell the brine
Though it's been many years since he sailed last time
There's nothing in this world this seadog fears
But ask about his memories and you'll see his tears
For inside his jacket and behind his tie
There beats the heart of a sailor boy.

There's hundreds and there's thousands of us sailors of the mind
Enough to sail a fleet, enough to crew the Golden Hind
If only things were different, if only life was fair
We might be breathing less of smog and more of fresh sea air
And evenings and weekends, come rain or shine
You 'll see me and my mates walk along the Serpentine
For inside my jacket and behind my tie
There beats the heart of a sailor boy.

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