The Black Freighter

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THE BLACK FREIGHTER
Lyrics by Bill Cerise-Bullock

VERSE 1
Tied to the mast, marked with the blade
All of the lives that you thought you could save
Will sing from the depths that it all ends the same nonetheless

Dig up the corpses of lovers and friends
Lash them together to chase your revenge
And strike at the sea with the bones of the one you loved best


CHORUS
Bourne upon a tide of blood, we struggle towards the shore
We leave the sea to crawl upon all fours
So tie the noose around your neck, it fits you like a glove
There's a million crimes aboard this ship
And the worst were done for love


VERSE 2
So draw the blade that can never be sheathed
Once your beloved, now just the bereaved
But you prop up the bodies and brush off your sleeves without guilt

Spend your whole life on perfecting the prize
But late in the night you can still hear the cries
Of the corpses amongst the foundations of all that you've built


CHORUS
Bourne upon a tide of blood, we struggle towards the shore
We leave the sea to crawl upon all fours
So tie the noose around your neck, it fits you like a glove
There's a million crimes aboard this ship
And the worst were done for love


BRIDGE
You have been touched by the horror, and now
There is no depth of the damned that could sate your appetite
Out past the breakers they're waiting, you hear them wail in the night;
"CLIMB ABOARD THE BLACK FREIGHTER!!!" (x3)
CLIMB ABOARD!!!


OUTRO CHORUS
Born upon a sea of blood, we never reach the shore
Our best intentions crawl upon all fours
So catch the noose that's tossed to you and join the crew above
There's a million crimes aboard this ship,
But the worst were done for love
Done for love!
All for love!
All for love!
ALL ABOARD THE BLACK FREIGHTER!!!
ALL ABOARD THE BLACK FREIGHTER!!!
CLIMB ABOARD THE BLACK FREIGHTER!!!
CLIMB ABOARD!!!

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from Love's The Only Engine Of Survival, released June 15, 2013
Lyrics by Bill Cerise-Bullock

Music by Bill Cerise-Bullock and Bat Country

~ With utmost respect and appreciation for Alan Moore, Kurt Weill and Bertoldt Brecht ~

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Seattle's one and only licensed purveyors of genuine, undiluted, 100-proof Doom-Americana, Bat Country creates a unique, raw, yet hook-laden brand of noir heavily influenced by Tom Waits, Neko Case and Leonard Cohen. They are currently waiting outside your window with rusty shovels to bury you in the creeping existential dread of their pretty melodies. This is all ye know and all ye need know. ... more

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